Once you say yes to the dress, the shoes come next. Much like your bridal jewelry, your wedding day shoes are an extension of your personality. And although you might not be able to see them under some wedding dress styles, you still want a pair that will carry you down the aisle in confidence and everlasting style. Designer wedding shoes are like jewelry for your soles—they’re an investment, but they’re also something you’ll treasure forever.
Meet the Expert
Gabbi Maragos is a bridal wardrobe stylist based in Chicago.
Designer wedding shoe shopping can be a bit overwhelming, as is everything wedding-related! We tapped expert Gabbi Maragos, a Chicago-based wardrobe stylist, to offer some shopping and styling tips. So whether you prefer timeless wedding shoe styles like Gianvito Rossi's Ascent Pumps. or heels with a little more personality and flair, like Sophia Webster Chiara Leather Sandals is a designer shoe waiting to be slipped on.
Keep reading for our list of the best designer wedding shoes worth buying.
Kate Spade New York Sheela Satin Bow Pumps
You don’t have to spend too much money to get a stunning pair of designer wedding shoes—and these Kate Spade New York heels prove that. The 3.5-inch heels have a classic feel with their pointed almond toe, creamy satin finish, and glamorous bow detail. Yet, they still feel really modern with the curved sides and pleating in the bow. Aside from price, these boast a lot of value because you can get lots of use out of them. They work well for all of your wedding celebrations, including your bridal shower and rehearsal dinner. Plus, you can easily re-wear them after the wedding with a pair of straight-leg jeans, a silk cami tank, and your favorite blazer.
Price at time of publish: $188
Size Range: 5-11 | Color: Ivory | Heel Height: 3.5 inches
Christian Louboutin Rosalie Leather Red Sole Sandals
If sparkle isn’t your thing, a nude wedding shoe can feel just as elegant. These strappy sandals from Christian Louboutin are simple yet sophisticated, with a design that works with virtually any style of dress. We also love that they come in three different shades to compliment more skintones. The best thing about these shoes is you’ll get tons of wear out of them after your wedding, considering their neutral hue and minimalistic design.
Price at time of publish: $825
Size Range: 5-12 | Color: Beige, Medium Beige, Dark Beige | Heel Height: 4 inches
Best Kitten Heels
Dolce & Gabbana Pump in Taormina Lace with Crystals
These kitten heels are truly special. The 2-inch heel is simple yet eye-catching with the Taormina lace and the Swarovski crystal embellishment. They’re a great shoe for long and short wedding dresses but would also look incredible with an all-white pantsuit or formal jumpsuit. The heels are made from high-quality buttery leather and come in different colors like nude and light blue, in case you want to venture beyond white shoes.
Price at time of publish: $995
Size Range: 4-11 | Colors: 14 | Heel Height: 2 inches
Manolo Blahnik Lurum Jewel Leaf Mule Lurum Jewel Leaf Mule
There is something about a pointed toe heel that feels sexy yet classy and is perfect for a wedding day look. These 3.5-inch Manolos have that timeless almond toe design with chunky embellishments for a glamorous twist. The construction is high-quality—they are a shoe you will cherish forever, just like your love—and are ultra-comfortable, so you can get your groove on the dance floor all night long.
Price at time of publish: $1,395
Size Range: 5-12 | Colors: Silver, Yellow, Black, White, Blue | Heel Height: 3.5 inches
Jimmy Choo Baily embellished glittered-leather point-toe flats
These wedding flats are like a work of art. From the glittery material to the sparkling pearl-and-rhinestone-encrusted strap, they are the perfect wedding day flat. Constructed from Italian leather, the pointed-toe flats mix texture with sparkle for a wedding day shoe that boasts classic elegance.
Price at time of publish: $975
Size Range: 5-11 | Color: Silver | Heel Height: Flat
Stuart Weitzman Stuart 100 Scalloped Glitter Pumps
There is nothing more timeless than a pair of classic pumps. We love these sparkly wedding shoes because while they have that classic style, they also feel modern and unique with the scalloped edge detailing. The 4-inch stiletto heel is a wedding shoe that looks gorgeous under a floor-length gown but also pairs beautifully with a shorter party dress, too. And the glitter adds a dazzling touch.
Price at time of publish: $450
Size Range: 4.5-11 | Color: White Fine Glitter | Heel Height: 4 inches
Alexandre Birman Sally 100 Moire Embellished Sandals
If you want to walk down the aisle in a strappy shoe, we recommend something with a little bit of shimmer to add to your wedding day glow. We love these Alexandre Birman sandals because they are strappy but not too busy and are encrusted with shimmery baguette-cut rhinestones that wrap around the foot. The heels also feature an inside strap that helps keep the structure in place.
Price at time of publish: $750
Size Range: 5- 10.5 | Colors: Ivory | Heel Height: 4 inches
Mach & Mach Bow of Elizabeth Imitation Pearl Pointed Toe Pump Iridescent Bow of Elizabeth High Heels
There is no shortage of embellished wedding shoes, so we went on a journey to find a pair of heels that have the right amount of sparkle with a unique touch. These pearl and rhinestone pumps from Mach & Mach are our top pick because they feature a classic silhouette with a fun and modern twist in the embellishments. We love the mix of pearl and rhinestone, double ankle strap, and the bow detailing on the pointed toe.
Price at time of publish: $935
Size Range: 5-12 | Color: Iridescent White | Heel Height: 4 inches
Best Structured Heel
Amina Muaddi Glida Metallic Crystal Two-Band Sandals
For a trendy shoe, we love a structured heel. This metallic pair from Amina Muaddi has a 3.8-inch stiletto heel with an exaggerated heel tip that touches on the trend without losing sophistication. We also love these wedding shoes because, despite their eye-catching detail, they feel super simple with rhinestone-embellished straps.
Price at time of publish: $1,140
Size Range: 5-12 | Color: Metallic Nappa | Heel Height: 3.8 inches
Sophia Webster Chiara Leather Sandals
Wedding shoes are a great excuse to have some fun with your bridal style. These strappy sandals have a timeless design with a stunning and unique butterfly wing detail on the heels. The leather heels are perfect for a short wedding dress or a reception party dress. Plus, they carry a ton of meaning, as butterflies typically symbolize transformation, endless love, and a new chapter.
Price at time of publish: $695
Size Range: 5-11 | Color: Ivory Pearl | Heel Height: 4 inches
Aquazzura Gatsy Slingback Pump
We fully support a “something blue” shoe—and these from Aquazzura have the right amount of color, glitz, and sophistication. The clear heels boast a translucent blue upper with crystal-encrusted straps for a mix of texture and shimmer. We love them because while they are blue, they create a tasteful pop of color without taking too much away from the dress. (They are also available in silver).
Price at time of publish: $1,150
Size Range: 5-11 | Color: Ice, Silver | Heel Height: 4.25 inches
Gianvito Rossi Ascent Leather Slingback Pumps
Slingbacks offer the same security as a pump while still exposing the heel. Handmade in Italy from supple white leather, these slingbacks from Gianvito Rossi are clean and sophisticated. We also love the cute gold bow buckle. The 2 inch heel makes standing in the ceremony and reception easy.
Price at time of publish: $950
Size Range: 4-12 | Color: White | Heel Height: 2 inches
Amina Muaddi Ursina Crystal-Embellished Leather Pumps
There are so many different styles that look great with a stiletto heel, but we adore the classy ankle-strap design on these closed-toed heels. These 3.75-inch wedding shoes feature a pointed toe in white leather with sparkly straps that look like necklaces for your feet—so chic. Plus, the heels have a leather insole that offers a little extra padding to the feet for maximum comfort.
Price at time of publish: $1,155
Size Range: 5-11 | Color: White | Heel Height: 3.75 inches
What to Look for When Buying Designer Wedding Shoes
“While shopping for designer wedding shoes, I would first consider formality,” says Maragos. She recommends considering what type of shoe will complete your bridal look and what style will make you feel the most confident. For example, if you aren’t typically comfortable walking around in ultra-high heels, a shorter heel like Dolce & Gabbana Kitten Heel or even a flat like Jimmy Choo Baily Embellished Pointed Toe Flat might be a better option as you’ll feel far more confident in something you can walk and dance in.
“Since it is an investment, it is also important to consider if you would or could ever wear them again,” says Maragos. If you want a shoe you can wear again, Maragos recommends looking for simple styles you can re-wear as a wedding guest or to another event, like Gianvito Rossi's Ascent Pumps.
Are designer wedding shoes worth the investment?
“If you love them, then yes,” says Maragos. “It’s your wedding day, and this is your day to wear and rock whatever you want." She notes that it’s also a good excuse to splurge on a particular shoe or brand you’ve had your eyes on. “Consider it an investment, and you could always resell them after your wedding," she says.
How do you break in wedding shoes?
To break in wedding shoes, Maragos recommends strutting your stuff at home. “In the weeks leading up to your wedding day, I suggest wearing them around the house, even if it is only for 15 to 20 minutes here and there while cleaning," she explains. If your shoes are a little snug, Maragos also recommends wearing them with socks to give them a little stretch.
How much should you spend on wedding shoes?
“This varies by bride, and there is no right or wrong answer,” says Maragos. She recommends building a budget for yourself and trying to stick within it based on what is most important to you. If the shoes are ultra-important to you, then allocate more of your budget to them.
Why Trust Brides
Contributing writer Jessie Quinn is a bridal-obsessed lifestyle journalist with a bachelor’s degree in fashion journalism. At Brides, she puts a style spin on wedding day fashion and covers everything from sparkling diamond accessories to dance-floor-worthy shoes. Jessie believes weddings are the perfect time to splurge on a pair of designer shoes and thinks of them as investment pieces, just like your wedding day jewelry. When researching the best designer wedding shoes, she considered style, fit, and timeless design, but also put a lot of weight on personality, as she feels shoes are where you should let your personal style truly shine.