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 whilst 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 whimsical heel would be just right if you’re already one to go for the gusto with your accessories. We’re talking pairs of heels so fanciful, 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), rose gold stilettos with a rhinestone-adorned 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 feather-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 the overstated type, 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 whimsical heel? Check out 24 options ahead, suited for every budget.