Finding that Cinderella shoe at end of to-do list _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HILARY SCHEINUK -- Brides should not only consider style, but comfort and setting when choosing their walk-down-the-aisle footwear.

No offense to Cinderella, but she sort of had it backward. The shoe should be at the end of the to-do list for a wedding fairy tale.

After the engagement, first consider the venue, then the dress — then the shoes and other accessories, experts say. Collectively, they should have a complementary vibe.

No flip-flops for a formal setting and dress, and satin pumps would be silly on the beach.

Here’s some practical questions:

How high for the heel? Think of the proportions of the dress, how tall you’ll stand and if you are used to wearing heels at all.

Is the wedding outside? A lawn wedding, for example, could be trouble for a spiky heel. A wedge would fare better.

How formal is the occasion? Fabric matters here. Satin is the traditional choice, and it’s a safe bet.

Shoes often spend most of the big day covered by the gown’s hemline, but they can be a glimpse of the bride’s personality, a place to have a little fun.

Why not an orange shoe? Metallics are a good middle-of-the-road option, as is blush pink, and even black, especially if you add a black ribbon sash around the waist of the dress. If you want the memento, your Cinderella slipper, and you want to keep them pristine, then white is a valid choice.

Bring multiple pairs of shoes to gown fittings to explore the options.

The most important thing, as with all decisions on the bride’s look, is that she is happy and comfortable.