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Everyone's eyes will be on your dress, of course, but, as you walk down the aisle, don't forget what you're walking on — those special bridal shoes! The finishing piece to your bridal ensemble is, of course, your footwear. But while many brides automatically begin perusing the shoe sections for heels, many are choosing to change things up a bit, and suit their own personal styles in gorgeous wedding-worthy flats. Whether you strive for comfort, are height-conscious or are just looking to break up with traditional bridal heels, check out our favorite alternatives to wear as you put your best (bridal) foot forward.
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Flip flops, gladiators and espadrilles, oh my! Whether you're a beachy bride or simply prefer to expose those toes, there are tons of bridal sandal options. Blue by Betsey Johnson offers a variety of embellished bridal sandals with her signature blue bottom (a built in "something blue.") BHLDN has a variety of glamorously embellished flat sandals that you can wear for both your wedding and honeymoon. Badgley Mischka also makes bridal-esque Maiseie Wedges that have a rhinestone encrusted T-strap for added glam. And of course, if you're super casual and it works for you — a pair of your favorite flip-flops can do the trick!
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In the world of weddings, ballet flats go way beyond being just an everyday staple. Leave your visions of boring simplicity behind and check out Jimmy Choo's Alina Glitter Point-Toe Ballet Flats, the Christian Louboutin Body Strass Jeweled Flats or the more affordable Badgley Mischka Abella Jewel flats in ivory, featuring a stunningly simple glass ornament at the toe. Hold the heels — the right pair of flats can bring extra glamour with a side of comfort most heels don't offer.
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Who says you cant be comfy on your big day? While sneakers may not be the first type of footwear you think of when you think "bridal" — they can be! There are tons of options for cool-kicks that are also bridal-chic, including the glittery Kate Spade for Keds collection, Steve Madden Bridal Lace Slip On Sneakers, and even pieces from Toms Wedding Collection. Feeling crafty? You can custom create your own Converse Chuck Taylors (and get a matching pair for the hubs, too!) or embellish your favorite go-to pair to be fit for a bride.
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Getting married on the sand and plan on going barefoot? Foot jewelry, or barefoot sandals are the perfect addition to your ensemble. Ladybead offers beautiful pearlescent pieces with Swarovski accents to adorn your (pedicured, of course!) toes. Etsy also has an abundance of handcrafted foot and ankle jewelry perfect for your barefoot beach wedding including the BarefootShop. This boutique offers gorgeous lace, pearl, ribbon, and rhinestone accented foot wraps that can suit any bride's style.