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 laid-back 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 like 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.

Best Jewel Tone: Jeffrey Campbell Turquoise Satin Silver Sandals

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Courtesy of Revolve

Size range: 5.5-10 | Heel height: Approx 3.5-inch heel | Shipping: Free 2-day shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 60 days

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.

Best Booties: Freya Rose Sparrow Boots

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Courtesy of BHLDN

Size range: EU36-41 | Heel height: Approx. 4-inch heel | Shipping: $4.95-$10.95 standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

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.

Best Bridal Sneakers: Stuart Weitzman Sneakers

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Courtesy of Stuart Weitzman

Size range: 3.5-12 | Heel height: Flat | Shipping: Free shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 14 days

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.

Most Versatile: Steve Madden Camel Sandals

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Courtesy of Steve Madden

Size range: 5-11 | Heel height: 4.5-inch heel | Shipping: Free 2-day shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

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.

Most Unexpected: Jimmy Choo Scotty 100mm Crystal-Mesh Pumps

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Farfetch

Size range: 36.5-40.5 | Heel height: Approx. 4-inch heel | Shipping: Shipping costs vary | Return policy: Full refund within 14 days

These glamorous and statement-making heels from Jimmy Choo are guaranteed to steal the show. The crystal mesh detailing is runway-worthy and perfect for fashion-forward brides.

Best Feather Detailing: Jeffrey Campbell Flirt-Alot Feather Sandal

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Nordstrom

Size range: 5-10 | Heel height: 4-inch heel | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Handled case-by-case

The boudoir-inspired feel of this feather-detailed shoe takes on a modern twist with a uniquely shaped clear wedge heel.

Best Something Blue: Alzuarr Cut-Out Leather Pumps

Alzuarr cut out blue wedding shoe

Courtesy of Alzuarr

Size range: 36 IT- 42 IT | Heel height: 4.1-inch heel | Shipping: Fees vary depending on order | Return policy: Full refund within 14 days

Add something blue to your wedding day look with these metallic leather blue heels from Alzuarr. The cut-out detailing adds an edgy, but elegant touch.

Best Regency Era–Inspired: Something Bleu Elvie Pump

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Nordstrom

Size range: 6-10 | Heel height: 3-inch heel | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Handled case-by-case

Calling all Bridgerton-loving brides! These bridal heels encompass all of the grace and elegance of Regency-era fashion.

For a Destination Wedding: Cecelia New York Hibiscus Shoe

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Cecelia New York

Size range: 5.5-11 | Heel height: 3.25-inch heel | Shipping: Free shipping for orders over $150, $14.99 flat rate for orders under$150 | Return policy: Full refund within 14 days

We love these hibiscus flower heels for brides jetting off to a tropical locale for their nuptials. The block heel also makes for a comfortable and wearable shoe. 

Best Platform: Schutz Anne Nappa Leather Sandal

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Schutz

Size range: 5-11 | Heel height: 4.3-inch heel | Shipping: Free shipping for orders over $100 | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

Trendsetting brides take note of these platform wedge sandals. The stud-detailing adds an edgy angle to these stylish shoes.

For the Playful Bride: Sophia Webster Wifey for Lifey Mid Sandal

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Sophia Webster

Size range: 35-42 | Heel height: Approx. 3.5-inch heel | Shipping: $10 standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

These fun and flirty heels from Sophia Webster are a cute addition to your look for any bridal event, from your bachelorette party to your wedding day. 

Most Statement-Making: Sophia Webster Chiara Embellished Shoe

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Sophia Webster

Size range: 35-42 | Heel height: Approx. 4-inch heel | Shipping: $10 standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

Make your bridal heels the center of your wedding day look with these embellished pumps. Crystals and pearls encrust the butterfly design on the back of each of the heels.

Most Colorful: Kurt Geiger London Women's Pierra Buckle Strappy Sandals

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Bloomingdale's

Size range: 5-11 | Heel height: 4-inch heel | Shipping: Free shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 90 days

These quirky rainbow heels will add a colorful element to your wedding day. The embellished buckles add a hint of sparkle to these eye-catching pumps.

For the Country Bride: Steve Madden West White Leather Boots

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Steve Madden

Size range: 6-10 | Heel height: 2.75-inch heel | Shipping: Free 2-day shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

Whether you are having a Southern-inspired wedding or just looking to add a Western touch to your wedding-day ensemble, we suggest adding these stylish all-white cowboy boots from Steve Madden.

For the After-Party: Jimmy Choo Love 85mm Glitter-Detail Pumps

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Farfetch

Size range: 35-40 | Heel height: Approx. 3.5-inch heel | Shipping: Shipping costs vary | Return policy: Full refund within 14 days

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.

Most Retro: Sam Edelman Jildie Heels

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Anthropologie

Size range: 5-11 | Heel height: 4-inch heel | Shipping: $6.95-$15.95 standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 60 days

We are obsessing over these retro-inspired chunky heels from Sam Edelman. The square-toe and Mary Jane–style strap are just the right amount of fashion-forward nostalgia.

Best Embellishments: René Caovilla Gray Embellished Leather and Lace Pumps

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Net-A-Porter

Size range: 36-42 | Heel height: Approx. 3-inch heel | Shipping: $10 standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 28 days

These unique heels from René Caovilla are crafted entirely from hand. The crystal embellishments and lace detailing make these heels truly one of a kind. We recommend pairing them with a mini bridal dress to show off the wraparound straps. 

Jeffrey Campbell Trixy Pointed Toe Pump

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Nordstrom

Size range: 5-11 | Heel height: 3.75-inch heel | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Handled case-by-case

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

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

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Courtesy of Shopbop

Size range: 35-42 | Heel height: 4-inch heel | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days

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.

Best Pearl-Embellished: Jimmy Choo Sacaria Pearl-Embellished Satin Platform Sandals

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Courtesy of Moda Operandi

Size range: IT 35-41 | Heel height: 4.75-inch heel | Shipping: $10 standard shipping | Return policy: Full refund within 28 days

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

What to Look For When Buying Nontraditional Bridal Shoes

Pairing a nontraditional wedding shoe with your bridal ensemble is a fun way to spice up your look, but there are a few things to keep in mind before you head out shopping. First and foremost, comfort. While some nontraditional shoes may have a trendy and unique heel, you need to make sure they will be comfortable to spend your entire night in. Also, consider that you don't need to stick to one shoe on your wedding day. You may want to search for a traditional heel for your ceremony and then change into a nontraditional shoe for the reception. The choice is entirely up to you! 

FAQ
  • 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.

Why Trust Brides

Contributing writer Sophie Moore is a former fashion editor at Brides and is an expert in all things bridal attire, from couture wedding gowns to the perfect "something blue" accessory. She researches and sources the best fashion items for brides, grooms, guests, wedding parties, and more.

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