20 Nontraditional Wedding Shoes for the Fashion-Forward Bride

These styles are seriously statement-making.

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No matter your bridal style, be it laidback and bohemian or bold and glamorous, your wedding shoes will serve as the perfect finishing touch to your bridal ensemble. And while there are many shoes out there that feel quintessentially bridal, if you’re looking for something that feels a little less classic and a little more statement-making, you're probably in the market for a pair of nontraditional wedding shoes. 

Of course, not everyone's definition of nontraditional is the same, which is why we've rounded up a wide range of wedding-worthy shoes to suit all bridal styles. For those looking to add a pop of color to their wedding day outfit, sandals or pumps in bold hues such as green, blue, black, and even hot pink are perfect for dialing up the drama. Searching for something undeniably statement-making? We've found scores of eye-catching styles like crystal-studded pumps, floral print heels, boudoir-inspired mules, and whimsical sandals that are bound to leave a lasting impression.

Whether you're a glamorous bride who loves head-to-toe sparkle or a fashion-forward bride who isn't afraid to make a statement, we've curated a list of the best nontraditional wedding shoes for all styles, seasons, and budgets.

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Most Unique: Cult Gaia Effie Flower-Detailed Lace-Up Leather Sandals

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These unique sandals feel more like a work of art than a pair of shoes! The beautifully designed silhouette features layers of faux flower petals and delicate pin-thin straps for a truly elegant and eye-catching look.

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Best 'Something Blue': Zara Feather Sandals

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What could be more fun than feather embellished sandals? This pretty pair from Zara was born to grace the dancefloor and can even double as your 'something blue.'

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For the Glam Bride: MACH & MACH Double Crystal Bow High Heels

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For the bride-to-be who loves to be in head-to-toe sparkle, these shimmering crystal heels are sure to speak to your glamourous tastes. This MACH & MACH style is also perfect for dressing up a casual wedding outfit.

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Best Jewel Tone: Jeffrey Campbell Turquoise Satin Silver Sandals

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In a striking green hue with crystal-encrusted straps – these sandals feel anything but traditional. Plus, they're a style you could easily wear again and again, long after the wedding weekend has come and gone.

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Most Boudoir-Inspired: Aquazzura Boudoir 105mm Feather-Detail Pumps

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These Aquazurra pumps are crafted from sumptuous velvet and feature a puff of feathers for a boudoir-inspired look. We love them styled with a slinky slip dress or a modern bridal suit.

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Best Pastel: Zara Sparkly Mules

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Add a hint of color and glamour to your wedding day look with a pretty pastel style, with sparkly embellishments. This soft lilac mule is lovely for a spring wedding and can easily be worn with everything from a ball gown to a slip dress.

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Most Retro: Manolo Blahnik Arabella 70mm Mary Jane Pumps

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Not for the faint of heart, these lime green Mary Jane pumps are designed to leave a lasting impression. With their retro feel, crystal buckle detail, and silky satin finish—we won't blame you if you never want to take them off.

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Best Floral Print: Loeffler Randall Floral Pleated Shoes

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When it comes to wedding shoes, you can never go wrong with a pretty floral print. This perfectly pleated style from Loeffler Randall is as sweet as ever for spring and summer nuptials.

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Most Whimsical: Aquazzura Crystal-Embellished Satin Mules

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If disco-ball heels don't scream party–we don't know what does! Equal parts fashion-forward and whimsical, these crystal-embellished satin mules will definitely land you heaps of compliments.

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For a Spring Wedding: Reformation Ruched Block Heel Mule

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Traditional with a twist, these fabric mules feel instantly classic and anything but boring. They're our favorite pick for an outdoor spring or summer wedding.

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Best Booties: Freya Rose Sparrow Boots


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We can't get enough of these bold boots designed with a mother of pearl heel. As striking as they are versatile, these booties could be worn under a floor-length gown for a winter wedding or a mini dress for a countryside wedding.

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For a Garden Wedding: Mango Floral Strap Sandals

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If you're throwing a garden wedding full of greenery and wildflowers, these floral strap sandals are a must-have for your outdoor ceremony. We love them with a tea-length dress for an utterly enchanting look.

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For the After-Party: Jimmy Choo Love 85 Glittered Leather Pumps

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Looking to dial up the glitz and glamour for your after-party look? You can never go wrong with glitter-encrusted pumps—especially if they're a pair of Jimmy Choos.

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Best Bold Color: Zara Hot Pink Metallic Shoe

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If you're not one to shy away from bold and bright colors, go for this hot pink metallic sandal from Zara. We love it for everything from the rehearsal dinner, to the ceremony, to the afterparty, and beyond!

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Most Unexpected: René Caovilla Crystal-Embellished Mesh and Metallic Sandals

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Only fashion-forward brides need apply! These dazzling shoes are destined for the bride-to-be who isn't afraid to make a serious fashion statement.

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Best Nature-Inspired: Cult Gaia Cali Sandals

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Courtesy of Moda Operani

This stiletto is detailed with a calla lily wrapped around the heel and is easily one of the most beautiful pairs of wedding shoes we've ever seen. You'll want to show them off, so make sure you wear yours with a dress that hits above the ankle.

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For a Beach Wedding: Jeffrey Campbell Orla Heeled Sandals

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Calling all beach brides! These woven heel sandals are perfect for seaside nuptials and destination weddings. They'll pair effortlessly with dresses in lightweight and breezy fabrics.

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Best Bridal Sneakers: Stuart Weitzman Sneakers


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Whether you choose to wear them down the aisle or opt to change into them for the after-party, these sneakers deserve a spot in every bride's wedding wardrobe.

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Best Pearl-Embellished: René Caovilla Faux Pearl-Embellished Leather Sandals

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All eyes will be on you as you make a grand entrance in these impressive, pearl-encrusted heels from René Caovilla. This style is fitting for the bride who wants to stick to bridal white on their wedding day.

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Most Versatile: Steve Madden Camel Sandals


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These sandals from Steven Madden strike the perfect balance between classic and nontraditional. They'll add a hint of sparkle to your wedding day look but won't steal the attention away from your wedding dress.

  • Can I wear colorful wedding shoes?

    Absolutely! While some brides love the look of traditional bridal white, others may choose wedding shoes in bright and bold colors—the choice is completely up to you!

  • How can I make a statement with my wedding shoes?

    If you're shopping for a pair of statement-making wedding shoes, look for styles in eye-catching colors or silhouettes detailed with embellishments like feathers, crystals, 3D flowers, and pearls.

  • Can I wear nontraditional shoes with a traditional wedding dress?

    Yes! Nontraditional shoes are a great way to add a pop of color or drama to a traditional wedding day look.

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