Regardless of the fact that most wedding shoes barely show from beneath a wedding dress, choosing a gorgeous shoe to put a literal spring in your step on the big day is exciting. If you’re a heels girl, countless options abound and summer is an exciting time to experiment with something fresh whether you’re into classic pumps, whimsical heels or sleek sandals.
From optic white to nude and metallic variations—maybe you’re one for a colored or delicately printed bridal heel—summer is rife with pumps, sandals, and mules for a multitude of styles. If you’re a classic bride, pearlescent satin, lace, and smooth leather are elegant in the form of a pump, stiletto or mule and offered in a range of heights from sky-high to kitten heels. For brides-to-be craving something a bit glitzier, consider a metallic or jewel-adorned heel. Everything from silver to rose-gold to pewter will add a fanciful touch to your wedding dress whether you keep it pared back with a simple two-strap slide or lace-up kitten heel or go for the gusto with glamorous crystal, pearl or sequin embellishments. Tulle, bows or ruffle detailing is pretty as can be, too and great for an ultra-feminine bride. For a super summery moment, seasonal hits like raffia, woven leather, stacked wooden heels, and pompom accents feel right in warm weather, especially if you’re a casual backyard or beach bride. Everything from slingbacks to slide sandals and mid-heel mules are tasteful yet easy—these are also great if you’re aesthetic is unfussy or you’re simply not comfortable in high heels. Modern brides will feel drawn to the return of PVC, square-toe shapes and minimalist heels á la the 90s. While totally nostalgic, these silhouettes feel fresh and modern whether you opt for a see-through Mary Jane with rose-gold trimming or a barely-there toe-strap stiletto.
To inspire you as you search for the perfect wedding heel, ahead, we’ve curated an edit of 68 styles for every bridal aesthetic and budget. Whether you’re in need of an affordable find (we’ve got options under $50!) or want to splurge on a designer pair (plenty of those, too), you’re sure to find your perfect bridal heels ahead.