28 Whimsical Heels to Wear on Your Wedding Day

From feathers to flowers to fluff, these shoes bring the fun

Carina Skrobecki

When you think of the shoes you’ll wear on your wedding day it’s likely you imagine a pristine pump or simple sandal in white, metallic, or nude—a clever choice if you’re aiming to get a lot of mileage out of the shoes beyond your wedding day. Truth be told, with most wedding dresses, your shoes will barely show save for a glimpse here and there while you walk down the aisle, take a twirl on the dance floor, and mingle with your guests. This makes going for a simple pair a sensible choice—you’ll get so much use out of them! To others, this might feel boring.

There’s the argument for a truly special pair of heels on your wedding day if simple is not your taste. You know the kind—a pump festooned with crystals, a sandal bedecked with rhinestones, a bow-adorned mule. We identify with this school of thought because, heck, it’s your wedding day! The occasion totally calls for an extraordinary pair of shoes even if they barely make an appearance. More than beautiful, this type of shoe guarantees an enthusiastic pep in your step, something a simple pair of shoes may not do.

Taking it one step further, a fanciful or whimsical heel would be just right if you’re the type to go for the gusto with your accessories. We’re talking heels so out of the ordinary that you may only wear them once or twice—on your big day and perhaps to a few bridal events leading up to it. Think: lustrous silver satin sandals with large light-catching crystals (a modern Cinderella moment), gold lace-up flats with a star motif, or oversize flowers with pearl detailing to embellish an otherwise understated sling back. You can even try for your something-blue, and what could be more fun than an ice-blue and pink fringe-flecked mule for the job? Total fantasy footwear. Like we said, it’s your wedding and it’s perfectly acceptable to go all out. No shame in the game.

Even if you’re not crazy about an overstated look, an imaginative heel doesn’t have to be reserved for your wedding day—there is potential for wearing such a shoe a few times over. On your honeymoon or for an anniversary would be a romantic nod to your nuptials, or, if you’re truly an accessory maven, wear them as a means to gussy up a T-shirt and jeans ensemble, or you can up the ante of a dressier outfit like party dress or skirt.

Think you’re willing to try a unique heel? Check out 28 options ahead, suited for every budget.

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Gianvito Rossi Simone Pumps

Courtesy of Gianvito Rossi

SHOP NOW: Mytheresa, was $995, now $696

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ALDO Cally - Pastel Multi

Courtesy of ALDO

SHOP NOW: Spring, $75

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Badgley Mischka Selena Strappy Sandal

Courtesy of Badgley Mischka

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $345

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Jimmy Choo Aurelia 100 Ivory Satin Sandals with Orchid

Courtesy of Jimmy Choo

SHOP NOW: Jimmy Choo, $1,050

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Loeffler Randall Vera Heel in Bright Red/Multi

Courtesy of Loeffler Randall

SHOP NOW: Need Supply Co., was $375, now $263

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Beaubelle Jeweled Bow Pointed Toe Pump

Courtesy of Dune London

SHOP NOW: Dune London, $170

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Ted Baker London Mavbe Ankle Strap Sandal

Courtesy of Ted Baker London

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $210

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Loeffler Randall Starla Star-Detail Leather Lace-Up Sandals

Courtesy of Loeffler Randall

SHOP NOW: Saks Fifth Avenue, $195

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Miu Miu Oversized Flower Sandals

Courtesy of Miu Mi

SHOP NOW: Farfetch, was $750, now $525

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Neous Lancastrella Macrame Slingback

Courtesy of Neous

SHOP NOW: Need Supply Co., was $639, now $447

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Imagine Vince Camuto Daija Cluster Embellished Sandal

Courtesy of Imagine Vince Camuto

SHOP NOW: Vince Camuto, $170

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Sam Edelman Yaro Sandals

Courtesy of Sam Edelman

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $120

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Sophia Webster Evangeline Angel Wing Sandal

Courtesy of Sophia Webster

SHOP NOW: Sophia Webster, $595

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Gray Matters Marmo Sandal in Rosa

Courtesy of Gray Matters

SHOP NOW: Need Supply Co., $575

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Christian Louboutin Miss Valois Bow Ankle Strap Sandal

Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $795

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Christian Louboutin Feerica Crystal-Embellished Red Sole Pump

Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

SHOP NOW: Neiman Marcus, $1,495

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Fiolla Heel

Courtesy of ALDO


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Tory Burch Tatiana 45mm Slides

Courtesy of Tory Burch

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $348

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Salvatore Ferragamo Flower Heel Sandal

Courtesy of Salvatore Ferragamo

SHOP NOW: Zappos Luxury, $540

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ALDO Criewiel - Orange

Courtesy of ALDO

SHOP NOW: Amazon, from $35.54

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Schutz Lenice Strappy Sandals

Courtesy of Schutz

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $220

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Olgana Paris Amazone Jeweled Asymmetric Slingback Sandal

Courtesy of Olgana Paris

SHOP NOW: Bergdorf Goodman, was $850, now $425

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Gucci Patent Leather Sandal with Removable Crystal Bow

Courtesy of Gucci

SHOP NOW: Farfetch, $1,890

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Maryam Nassir Zadeh Globo Raffia Fringe Mule

Courtesy of Maryam Nassir Zadeh

SHOP NOW: Need Supply Co., $437

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Aquazzura Silver Leather Starlight 105 Sandals

Courtesy of Aquazzura

SHOP NOW: Farfetch, $954

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Christian Louboutin Pigalle Follies Glitter Pointy Toe Pump

Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $745

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Giuseppe Zanotti Coline Wings Suede 110mm Sandal

Courtesy of Giuseppe Zanotti

SHOP NOW: Bergdorf Goodman, $1,595

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Schutz Jeannine Block Heel Sandals

Courtesy of Schutz

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $170

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