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.
Gianvito Rossi Simone Pumps
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Loeffler Randall Vera Heel in Bright Red/Multi
SHOP NOW: Need Supply Co., was $375, now $263
Loeffler Randall Starla Star-Detail Leather Lace-Up Sandals
SHOP NOW: Saks Fifth Avenue, $195
Neous Lancastrella Macrame Slingback
SHOP NOW: Need Supply Co., was $639, now $447
Sophia Webster Evangeline Angel Wing Sandal
SHOP NOW: Sophia Webster, $595
Gray Matters Marmo Sandal in Rosa
SHOP NOW: Need Supply Co., $575
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ALDO Criewiel - Orange
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Maryam Nassir Zadeh Globo Raffia Fringe Mule
SHOP NOW: Need Supply Co., $437