bri­dal shoes look to the classics

My Wedding - - BRIDAL SHOES - By Re­bekah Reynolds

If the cat­walks of New York are any­thing to go by for cur­rent wed­ding gown trends, we will be see­ing lace, tulle, ap­pliqués and lots of lay­ers this sea­son. What­ever your style, it is im­por­tant to fin­ish the look with the per­fect shoe to com­ple­ment your gown on the day. With the cur­rent styling en­com­pass­ing the glam­our and el­e­gance of the 50's, the new range of bri­dal shoes from Ben­jamin Adams has em­braced the classics.‘Au­drey' and ‘Grace', in beau­ti­ful Duchesse Silk with Swarovski crys­tal brooch and fine pleat­ing de­tail, have walked straight off the sil­ver screen. The names say it all.

A re­turn to the clas­sic court shoe is also a part of this year's trend and ‘Cathy' and ‘Mag­no­lia' of­fer a sim­ple and dig­ni­fied op­tion. The ‘Dahlia' fol­lows this trend and is suit­able for the bride who wants a lower heel.

The first Ben­jamin Adams col­lec­tion by Para­dox Lon­don was born in 2004. De­signed by Adam Ben­jamin, who came from a fam­ily of footwear man­u­fac­tur­ers, the first col­lec­tion was ded­i­cated to the craft of lux­ury, chic bri­dal footwear. Adam's de­sign phi­los­o­phy re­volves around ‘al­lur­ing glam­our'. Em­bel­lish­ments and adorn­ments take cen­tre stage as the so­phis­ti­cated styling is com­ple­mented by the use of finest silks and leathers, set off by strik­ing crys­tals to add drama and in­ter­est.

Trousseau have the ex­clu­sive agency for Para­dox Lon­don bri­dal shoes in New Zealand and owner, Cherry Son­derer, says the cur­rent range is be­ing well re­ceived by to­day's brides. “There will, of course, al­ways be a place for plat­forms and crys­tals, but it is lovely to see the more clas­si­cal styles re­turn­ing. They are also per­fect for the shorter hemlines that are cur­rently in vogue.”

The new range is sup­ported by a se­lec­tion of peep toe shoes. Among the favourites are ‘Winslet', ‘Ce­line' and ‘Cather­ine', all with a touch of crys­tal and con­tin­u­ing the el­e­gant theme.

For those want­ing to add some height on their big day the new ‘Por­tia' or ‘Caprice' will eas­ily take you there.

Trousseau is solely ded­i­cated to bri­dal and evening footwear and they take a great deal of pride in en­sur­ing that you have the right shoe to take you down the aisle ... or onto the beach, or through the vine­yard. Cherry says “A lot of brides come to us and are not sure what they are look­ing for, so we work with them to find the right shoe. We can ad­vise on cor­rect fit to en­sure you are com­fort­able for the du­ra­tion – it's a long day, and the last thing a bride wants to worry about is ill-fit­ting and

un­com­fort­able footwear.”

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