On the big day, one way to prevent cold feet is to make sure they're slipped into the right pair of shoes. Luckily the "anything goes" trend that Rhinestone Runway (819 W. Esplanade Ave., Suite J, Kenner, 465-4884; www.rhinestonerunwayformals.com
) manager Charlene Bruce has noticed proves fun and easy to follow. Brides are now using shoes to express their aesthetic, pairing elegant gowns with shoes that sometimes fall outside of the realm of tradition: sneaker-inspired heels for the sports enthusiast, flat, jeweled sandals for the beach bum and brightly hued, embellished pumps for the fashionista.
"I've had brides go down the aisle in cowboy boots," Bruce says. "These days it's about being comfortable and showcasing your creative side."
Gae-Tana's (7732 Maple St., 865-9625; www.gae-tanas.com)
Feet First (526 Royal St., 569-0005; 4119 Magazine St., 899-6800; www.feetfirststores.com)
Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique (3230 Severn Ave., Metairie, 780-7090; www.bustlesandbowsbridal. com)