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Choosing Mother of the Bride Shoes - 10 Do's and Don'ts
by Deborah Boland and JoJami Tyler (The Glam Gals)

As we get older, our backs and feet arenapostrophet what they used to be. So whatapostrophes a mom to do when she knows she must wear fancy dress shoes at her daughter or sonapostrophes wedding? Donapostrophet use excuses about comfort to avoid looking the best you can on your childapostrophes wedding day. Your shoes can make or break your outfit. Those wedding photos will be around forever, so make sure you look your absolute best, from your feet up, on the big day.

If youapostrophere not sure how to make the transition from sneakers to stilettos, then here are 10 Dos and Donapostrophets for choosing the perfect pair of Mother of the Bride shoes.

1.Donapostrophet buy shoes that can be dyed. Perfectly matching the color of your shoes to your mother of the bride gown is very passé. Plus, when your feet sweat, your feet will turn color.

2.Do break your shoes in before the wedding. Vacuum in them. Walk up stairs in them. Otherwise youapostrophell be walking around the reception with big blisters.

3.Donapostrophet change into rubber or plastic flip flops during the reception, or even worse, go barefoot. Is the dance floor a dormitory shower, or the boardwalk? Change into a lower heeled formal shoe if you must, but respect the formality of the event.

4.Donapostrophet choose mother of the bride shoes with boxy or squared toes. These heavy, clunky looking styles do nothing to elongate your leg, and are best left for more casual outfits. Fine occasions call for fine shoes.

5.Donapostrophet buy shoes that are not your size! Too many women fall in love with a shoe thatapostrophes a half size too big and end up stepping out of it, or they buy a size too small hoping theyapostrophell l be able ignore the pain. You canapostrophet. If you really canapostrophet get the store to locate it in the correct size, move on!

6.Donapostrophet wear a heel you may slip out of, or fall off. A mule or a 5" stiletto heel will give you rolled ankles and swollen feet if you are not used to wearing them. Letapostrophes make sure the limo, not the ambulance, is what transports you from the ceremony to reception!

7.Donapostrophet opt for price over quality when buying Mother of the Bride shoes. Expensive, well-made shoes are worth the investment. Scrimp on less important things. (We wonapostrophet tell anyone those earrings are faux-pearl!)

8.Do try wearing a neutral or metallic shoe like gold, silver or pewter, instead wearing a shoe the same color as your mother of the bride gown. It is much more sophisticated and classy!

9.Donapostrophet wear flats to the ceremony. If high heels make you squeamish, try a kitten heel or a wedge instead - youapostrophell walk taller and look slimmer with some extra height!

10.Do choose age appropriate shoes. Ditch the Granny orthopedic wannabes, but also donapostrophet choose a shoe that looks like it belongs in your teenage daughterapostrophes closet. Anything too strappy or sparkly will look tacky on a woman over 40.

Follow these rules for Mother of the Bride shoes and youapostrophell look fabulous from head to toe. And donapostrophet forget to get a pedicure!

(c) 2009, Boland-Tyler Productions. All rights reserved.

About the authors:

Deborah Boland and JoJami Tyler (The Glam Gals) are Image and Style Experts specializing in helping women 40 plus look and feel fabulous. They are the authors of the book, The Glam Plan ~ 12 Simple Steps to Take You from Frumpy to Fabulous, as well as coaches for their Tweak Your Chicâ„¢, Image make-over program. To learn more tips about choosing your mother of the bride (or groom) dress visit http://www.fabulousafter40.com/ebooks/mother-of-the-bride/, sign up for their bi-weekly newsletter and visit http://www.fabulousafter40.com/shop/100-style-links-women-will-love/ to see 100 Style Links Women Will Love.