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How to pick the perfect pair


You may live your life in a pair of battered old Converse, but for the big day, most girls succumb to their feminine instincts and end up with a pair of shoes that flatter their gown. They may only peep out occasionally from below the dress (unless you’ve opted for a chic shorter style, of course), but when your shoes do make an appearance, you want them to attract just as many admiring glances as your attire. To help you in the hunt to find the perfect pair, we asked Di Hassall – shoe guru and creative head honcho at Rainbow Club (rainbowclub.co.uk) – to share her style file with us.

Slingback “Almost any style of dress will work well with a slingback, as long as it’s quite a sexy, dressy look.”
Round-toe court“ The simplicity of this shape looks great with sophisticated bias-cut styles and fluid gowns. The clean lines also work well with lace dresses or those with a lot of detail.”

Peep-toe“ These look fabulous with almost any contemporary, glamorous style, especially strapless and slinky gowns.”
Mule “Best suited to slinky, strapless styles and fishtail skirts.”
Strappy sandal “These complement short modern dresses, but they also work well with slim strapless styles for weddings abroad.”
Wedge “Great for beach weddings and marquees when the ground is a little soft; or, with 1930s/1940s-inspired styles.”
Ballerina flat “These really complement 50s-style calf-length full skirts, and add a touch of Pride and Prejudice to empire-line gowns.”
Pointed toe “Bigger, fuller skirts look great with dainty points, especially those 50s styles with big tulle skirts.”
Mary-Jane/T-bar “1920s-style flapper dresses work well with these classic shoes, especially tea-length gowns in soft chiffon.”

“There are no real dos and don’ts though,” says Di. “Don’t feel you have to follow any rules. Go with your heart and you’ll end up with shoes that make you feel great on the day.”

1 Party by Pink, £69.95, stockists include Arabesque, Mes Souliers and Westend Wedding Boutique 2 Paltrow by Benjamin Adams, £139, stockists include Arabesque, Mes Souliers and Westend Wedding Boutique 3 Anne by Freya Rose, £345, stockists include Arabesque
4 Peach by Belle, £89.99, stockists include Arabesque, Mes Souliers and Westend Wedding Boutique 5 Venetia by Rachel Simpson, £165, stockists include Arabesque 6 Alabasta by Belle, £89.99, stockists include Arabesque, Mes Souliers and Westend Wedding Boutique
7 Tomea by Rainbow Club Couture, £120, stockists include Arabesque, Mes Souliers and Westend Wedding Boutique

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