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Whether you want your bridesmaids to all look alike as they stand next to you at the altar or you'd rather encourage each to have her own personal flair, the shoe choice is crucial in completing a wedding-day look. Once the dresses are chosen and accessories decided, it's time to focus on what fabulous shoes your girls should don to walk with you down the aisle. Thankfully there are plenty of chic stores for Chicago brides and their closest friends to find the perfect fit when seeking out the best shoes for the bridal party.
This Windy City staple has been the Chicago girl's best friend for years. Their Lincoln Park store is a shoe shopper's dream, with feminine — and affordable — choice from brands like Vince Camuto, Steve Madden, and Pelle Moda. They're especially well stocked with tasteful metallic styles (think silver, rose gold, bronze), which is always an elegant choice to complement that special dress.
While Akira's overall variety may seem more weekend than wedding, they offer quite a few bridal party-appropriate shoe styles. In fact, the Chicago chain started out in footwear, and has remained true to its routes. Akira is ideal for brides and their bridesmaids who may be on a budget, as many of their shoe choices can fall below $100. The styles run the gamut from simple pumps to fur pom-pom detailed sandals (they're actually really cute!). Something for every bridesmaid, for sure.
If shopping locally is on your priority list, then Click Shoes is a must-see for you and your bridal party. This quaint boutique near Wrigleyville houses a well-curated selection of women's footwear, ranging from party-ready heels to weekend-perfect sneakers. They also have an adorable variety of feminine flip-flops, which will be a godsend for your girls as they dance the night away at the reception.
While the London-based brand (and Duchess of Cambridge favorite!) is known for their versatile selection of pumps, they make a variety of other styles as well. While you won't find look-at-me colors or dazzling details at this refined retailer, the understated elegance of their shoes will prove both versatile and supremely flattering for all of your bridesmaids.
Located on Michigan Avenue, Nordstrom recently re-vamped their entire shoe floor, which means an even more dynamic setting for quite possibly the world's biggest variety of shoes. If you're considering having your bridesmaids stay within the same color family while experimenting with different styles, then Nordstrom will be your best bet for a wide scope of choices. Plus, there's a bar located in the middle of the second floor for much-needed pre and post-shopping cocktails with your besties. Read real brides' reviews here!