A bride-to-be or not, shoes are one of those irresistible categories from sky-high heels to cute flats and stylish boots. In the case of bridal shoes, they’re super fun to shop for and can carry a lot of meaning (a something blue, perhaps?) but sometimes, they’re not always seen—such a bummer right?! Even if you know your shoes will only peek out from beneath a dress, jacket-and-blazer set, or jumpsuit, there’s something about a special pair of bridal shoes that makes you want to go a little bolder in terms of sparkle, heel height, or adornment whether you’re buying one new pair for your wedding day or a few pairs to wear for your rehearsal dinner, bridal shower, and engagement party. Of course, lace, glitter, pearls, flowers, and bows are quintessential in the wedding world and gorgeous ways to step up your bridal shoe game, but if you're craving a fresh and fashion-forward shoe moment, modern sculptural heels are a big trend this season that make for an artful statement with any bridal outfit.
Whether you want a classic pump, two-strap sandal, or low-heeled mule, sculptural heels make even the most timeless shoe silhouettes feel unexpected and stand-out. If you’re all about a unique statement, you might feel drawn to a rounded ball-shaped heel, a geometric stack of mixed shapes, unique amphora-shaped heel, or a mid-century-inspired silhouette. For a restrained take on the trend, slighter versions such as a subtly curved metal heel, sturdy octagonal heel, or spherical block heel might be up your alley.
Our favorite way to style sculptural bridal heels is with a simpler silhouette such as a minimal slip, a sleek midi dress with sharp lines, or a sharp jumpsuit or pant-and-blazer set that comes cropped to keep your shoes on display. After you say ‘I do’, you can get a lot more wear out of a sculptural heel whether you pair them back to jeans or team them with colorful and printed dresses for dressier occasions.
If you think a sculptural heel is right for you, ahead, 22 of our favorite from under-$100 options to designer styles.