The wedding dress may get all the attention, but nothing compares to the relationship between a woman and her footwear. For those brides who find themselves guilty of one too many pairs in their closet (aka, all of us), it’s the shoe that brings in the final bit of magic. After all, they’re a fun way to exemplify your personality and complement—or contrast—the wedding dress to make a statement.
Think of traditional bridal footwear and white lace heels, jeweled pumps, or sparkly silver stilettos come to mind. And, let’s face it, no matter how many versions of these we see, each and every one is always mind-blowingly gorgeous. But for the nontraditional, playful, or spunky bride, it’s a bold and beautiful choice to walk off the beaten path in jewel tones, floral patterns, or vintage detailing.
If you shudder at the thought of teetering around in a pair of heels all day (don’t we all), wedges, flats, sandals, and even sneakers are an equally chic choice. They may even be the smarter choice, depending on where your wedding is located, which is something to take into consideration when you're shopping. An outdoor ceremony might find you sinking into the grass, so wedges may be your best bet here. And do you really want to wobble your way down the sandy aisle of a beach ceremony? Elegant sandals are for you. As for the reception itself? Well, we don’t blame you for swapping out those pumps for a pair of stylish flats.
We promise you: You can find a bridal version of every shoe style. These real brides did.
These gilded Sophia Webster heels make our hearts flutter. With angelic wings, these are a pair of statement shoes if we ever saw one.
White pointed studded stilettos are edgy glam—but what else would you expect from a pair of Christian Louboutins?
Floral-printed Manolo Blahnik heels scream garden whimsy.
Who says you need to wear heels? Flats are an equally elegant choice, especially when outfitted with a metallic pointed toe and an embellished meshed body like you see with these Adrianna Papell pretties.
Pleated ruffles have a fluidity that will dance their way down the aisle in a sweet romance.
A thick ankle strap and bow brings a powerful modern femininity to these pair of Karen Millen shoes.
In need of a "something blue?" Try a matte pair of baby-blue Carlo Pazolinis for a subtle touch.
White lace Vince Camuto heels are romantic and sweet in all the right places, the epitome of bridal footwear.
Classic and Feminine
Patent-leather Jimmy Choo slingbacks with symmetrical bows are preppy and contemporary.
Elegant Kitten Heels
This gorgeous pair of Rene Caovillas prove that kitten heels get a bad rap. Lace detailing and delicate beadwork in a neutral palette bring romance to these slingbacks.
Rich organic-inspired embellishments transform these pale-gray Harriet Wilde platforms into a lavish masterpiece.
Sharp and chic, pointed metallic Jimmy Choo flats make a statement with their simplicity.
Crystal-embellished satin pumps can sometimes read a bit stuffy, but these Manolo Blahniks are anything but. With a contemporary shape and edgy motif, the style is modern, classic, and subtly dramatic—not to mention looked oh-so cool at the bride's mehndi party.