In the world of bridal fashion, seasonal trends can appear less relevant when you’re laser focused on finding the perfect wedding gown. Of course, you’ll consider a trendy silhouette, of-the-moment jewelry craze or It color when it comes to your engagement party, bachelorette weekend, or rehearsal dinner look, but one category in which a fashion-centric trend can feel most relevant is your footwear.
For fall, stark white shoes have been catapulted into the spotlight, and not in a traditional bridal sense: The newest styles are rendered in sleek silhouettes with minimal lines and modern sculptural accents. From boots to mules to pumps to loafers, optic white footwear gives off an undeniably fresh finish and we love it when considered for more than your wedding day attire, but for every occasion leading up to your I dos. Even on days when you’re dressing for work, a night out or dinner with friends, what can feel better than embracing a fashion-forward accessory and feel as though you’re celebrating your engagement with every outfit? A skosh of bridal for the everyday, if you will.
Fall’s white shoes are delivered with graphic elements to steer even the simplest to high-fashion territory—a Mary Jane is so-now with a pared-back chunky heel, stiletto mules appear nuanced with sharp lines, ankle boots are eye-catching by nil embellishment, block-heels are vivid with sculptural heels or when juxtaposed with black details. Worn with dresses, a suit, or even denim, a contrast effect is at play, feeling achingly chic yet wearable in every situation, and for the affianced, gratifyingly bridal.
Texture is another way to shake things up. Sumptuous velvet, slinky satin or dramatic paillettes do the trick. There’s the idea of a suit which is a smart and sexy option in myriad colors and fabrics. On the eve of your wedding, we’re for a set made entirely of sequins or in optic white with cascading frills. Another formula to consider: the PJ-style set. There’s something about champagne-colored silk with a boudoir aesthetic that reads playful and polished, whether it’s a camisole-and-trouser combo or robe-style jacket and pants. If you want to go sparkle—and we mean of the high-shine variety—we say mix it up in an alternative color (perhaps as an homage to your wedding colors or bridesmaid’s dresses) for an astonishing albeit sophisticated silhouette.
For consideration on the big day, this look is not reserved for modern brides. Even the most classic aesthetic can be set off with a pristine white pump, lace-up mule or unadorned kitten-heel. Stepping into a modernistic shoe only allows for brides to get continuous wear out of their shoe choice—no bride wants to buy her wedding day shoe and not be able to wear it again, right?
Faux leather stiletto ankle boots, $27.90, Forever 21
"Priority" high heels, $40, ASOS
"Trisha" pointed toe silver heel mules, $34.99, Who What Wear available at Target
Slingback leather high heel shoes, $59.90, Zara
Thin heel pumps, $69.90, Express
White pointed cone heel mules, $90, River Island
Buckle leather shoes, $99.99, Mango
Jump bow slingback pump, $100, Topshop available at Nordstrom
"Karas" pointy toe slide pump, $118.95, Louise Et Cie available at Nordstrom
"Lakme" square toe mules, $120, Jeffrey Campbell available at Shopbop
"Marilyn" kitten heels, $128, Free People available at Shopbop
"Adonis" block heel, $150, Dolce Vita
"Carrie" slouchy boot, $169.95, Steve Madden available at Nordstrom
"Tallis" flat loafer, $250, Via Spiga available at Nordstrom
Ring square loafers, $330, Reike Nen available at Shopbop
"Andrea" mule, $386, Maryam Nassir Zadeh available at Need Supply Co.
"Calvin" stacked heel mule, $395, Aska
"Cabriolet" leather mules, $455, Dorateymur available at Net-A-Porter
Leather slingback pumps, $475, Mansur Gavriel available at Net-A-Porter
"Dana" leather mules, $475, Tibi available at Net-A-Porter
"Antoinette" kitten-heel leather mules, $654, Gabriela Hearst available at Matches Fashion
"Rilows" point-toe leather ankle boots, $522, Isabel Marant available at Matches Fashion
Pointed toe pump, $540, Dries Van Noten available at Nordstrom
"Brassia" slide-in white mules, $545, Neous available at Need Supply Co.
Origami mule, $570, Gray Matters available at Need Supply Co.
"Amaliah" leather mules, $595, Alexandre Birman available at Net-A-Porter
"Romy 60" patent leather pumps, $595, Jimmy Choo available at Net-A-Porter
Faux-leather Mary Jane pumps, $640, Stella McCartney available at Net-A-Porter
"Casati" embellished leather loafers, $695, Nicholas Kirkwood available at Net-A-Porter
Suspended-heel patent-leather pumps, $890, Maison Margiela available at Matches Fashion
"Kait" pointy toe pump, $645, Calvin Klein available at Nordstrom
"Elsa" patent leather pumps, $765, Attico available at Net-A-Porter
"Aramis" patent leather mules, $785, Gianvito Rossi available at Net-A-Porter
"Eri" embellished leather ankle boots, $850, Alexander Wang available at Net-A-Porter
Tie model thigh-high boots, $885, Stuart Weitzman available at Shopbop
Lace-up leather mules, $990, Francesco Russo available at Net-A-Porter
Eyelet-embellished leather mules, $995, Proenza Schouler available at Net-A-Porter
"Alys" leather loafers, $937, The Row available at Matches Fashion
"Insopo" booties, $995, Manolo Blahnik available at Nordstrom
Cylinder heel leather mules, $904, J.W. Anderson available at Matches Fashion
"Ciondolare" slouchy boot, $1,295, Paul Andrew available at Nordstrom
"Kendas" tie boots, $1,325, Malone Souliers available at Shopbop
Lighter heel leather ankle boots, $1,452, Vetements available at Matches Fashion