When it comes time to pick out wedding shoes, brides typically gravitate towards the traditional: white, lace, or maybe something a little bit embellished. There's absolutely nothing wrong with this, of course—especially since white matches a bridal gown perfectly—but if you want to do something different that works just as well, you could opt for nude wedding shoes.
"I love nude heels because they keep the leg really long. It helps elongate the lines on the leg and ankle," says Dani Michelle, celebrity stylist and style expert at DSW. "Also, if you decide to make a change for your ceremony and reception, the nude heel could go with both, instead of finding two white shoes."
Nude shoes work well with basically any kind of wedding gown, whether it's pure white, off-white, cream, blush, or a more vibrant color. They're subtle, yet versatile. You can continue to wear them past your wedding night and they won't stain as badly. Comfort is also key when it comes to any wedding shoes. Opt for styles that can withstand being on your feet for hours on end and dancing the night away–chunky block heels or nude flats are always a great choice if comfort is your top priority.
Meet the Expert
Dani Michelle is a celebrity stylist who has worked with stars like Maren Morris, Hailey Bieber, Kendall Jenner, and more. She's also an expert style consultant for DSW.
To help create your dream bridal look, we've researched and narrowed down the best nude shoes available with these features in mind. For something simple and chic, we love the Christian Louboutin So Kate Pointed Pump and the Marc Fisher LTD Zala Block Heel Pump. Love a chunky shoe style? Go for the Kuhmune Audrey Sandal.
Read on for the best nude wedding shoes for every style, budget, and season.
Jewel Badgley Mischka Tessy Embellished Sandal
Size Range: 5-13 | Heel Height: 3mm cushioned footbed | Runs: Large | Return Policy: Within 90 days
If heels aren't your thing, don't worry. Instead, go for these gorgeous embellished flats from Jewel Badgley Mischka. With a sweet crossover detail and bejeweled strap, every guest will be coveting your level of comfort and style.
Price at time of publish: $79
Best Ankle Strap
Steve Madden Shaye Heeled Sandal
Size Range: 6-11 | Heel Height: 3.75" | Runs: True to size | Return Policy: Within 365 days
Strappy heels are the epitome of barely-there sexiness. A slim ankle strap like this one is a minimalist classic that will work with almost any dress.
Price at time of publish: $80
Vicenza Deena Crystal Heels
Size Range: 6-10 | Heel Height: 3.5" | Runs: True to size | Return Policy: Within 60 days
There's really no better time for a little extra sparkle than on your wedding night. These nude crystal heels offer a perfectly balanced hit of glam without being too over the top. We also love the simplicity and elegance of the strappy design.
Price at time of publish: $140
Cutest Bow Detail
Lulus Sagaa Light Nude Patent Pointed-Toe Slingback Pumps
Size Range: 5-11 | Heel Height: 3.5" | Runs: True to size | Return Policy: Within 30 days
The delicate bow detail on these shoes is subtle but special. Not to mention it can be worn two different ways: Place the bow strap in the front of your ankle for more of a mule style, or around the back of the foot as a slingback.
Price at time of publish: $38
Bella Belle Elsa Nude
Size Range: 6-11 | Heel Height: 4" | Runs: True to size | Return Policy: Within 30 days
Cinderella's glass slippers—isn't that what we all want in a wedding shoe? Sheer detailing and plenty of sequins create just that effect while offering a far more comfortable stride than glass.
Price at time of publish: $419
Stuart Weitzman Nearlynude Strap Sandal
Size Range: 3.5-13 | Heel Height: 3.2" | Runs: Slightly large | Return Policy: Within 14 days
Embellished shoes are fun, but there's nothing wrong with something simple. These iconic ankle strap shoes come in a few different materials, like leather or suede, so you can match them to your wedding wardrobe perfectly.
Price at time of publish: $495
For a Little Sparkle
Blue by Betsey Johnson Mel Bejeweled Satin Block Heel Sandals
Size Range: 5-12 | Heel Height: 2.25" | Runs: True to size | Return Policy: Within 30 days
A low block heel and ankle strap make for a comfortable and supportive option without sacrificing style. We especially love the bejeweled embellishment on the strap that offers a pretty touch without going overboard on the glitz and glam.
Price at time of publish: $109
Christian Louboutin So Kate 120 Patent Leather Pumps
Size Range: 4-12 | Heel Height: 4.75" | Runs: Narrow | Return Policy: Within 30 days
If there was ever a time to splurge on shoes, it would be your wedding night. These classic Christian Louboutin pumps are timeless and elegant and just risqué enough to turn heads. Plus, that red sole is always a showstopper.
Price at time of publish: $795
Stuart Weitzman Ryder 95 Platform Sandal
Size Range: 3.5-12 | Heel Height: 3.7" | Runs: Narrow | Return Policy: Within 14 days
These platform sandals make a bold statement with their chic retro vibe. Plus, the sturdy platform (just over one inch high) and block heels make them more comfortable than a stiletto without giving up any glorious height.
Price at time of publish: $495
Kahmune Audrey Sandal
Size Range: 5-14 | Heel Height: 2.75" | Runs: True to size | Return Policy: Within 14 days
These strappy block sandals are ultra-unique with a cool convertible design. This shoe offers three different styles in one. The ankle strap provides a beautifully classic look, and you can remove it to create a modern slide-on mule. Want to add a sexy touch? Attach the wrap-around straps to take it up a notch.
Price at time of publish: $475
Jeneba Barrie Mink
Size Range: 4-13 | Heel Height: 2-4" | Runs: True to size | Return Policy: Within seven days
The tried-and-true pump is a staple that never goes out of style, and you'll be able to wear it countless other times. Plus, you can choose between three different heel heights to suit your needs and preferences for the big day.
Price at time of publish: $245
Stuart Weitzman Aleena Square Toe Wedge Slide Sandals
Size Range: 3.5-12 | Heel Height: 2.25" | Runs: True to size | Return Policy: Within 90 days
If you're looking for something more casual and chill, these wedge sandals are a gorgeous pick. The wedge is small enough to keep things super comfortable while still providing a hint of height. We picture these at a destination wedding or an intimate beachside ceremony.
Price at time of publish: $395
Best Block Heel
Marc Fisher LTD Zala Block Heel Pump
Size Range: 5-12 | Heel Height: 3" | Runs: True to size | Return Policy: Within 90 days
Sometimes, you just need a practical shoe for a big event and life in general. These low-block heels are versatile and comfortable, so much so that you won't even need to swap them out for flats later in the night. Win!
Price at time of publish: $160
For the Trendsetter
Larroude Gloria Sandal
Size Range: 5-11 | Heel Height: 3.8" | Runs: True to size | Return Policy: Within 30 days for Continental US, items shipped outside Continental US are final sale
Want your shoes to stand out just as much as your dress? These trendy heels feature a modern mix of clear PVC and acrylic with supple leather accents to inject a whole lotta oomph without completely taking over.
Price at time of publish: $315
Kurt Geiger London Duke Embellished High Heel Mules
Size Range: 5-11 | Heel Height: 4.25" | Runs: True to size | Return Policy: Within 90 days
Mules are a great alternative to regular high heels and we think they're oh-so chic with a bridal jumpsuit. The glittering embellished strap elevates these beauties to all new heights, and the covered toes make them perfect for a winter wedding.
Price at time of publish: $165
For a Vintage Vibe
Journee Collection Olina Pump
Size Range: 6-11 | Heel Height: 3.25" | Runs: True to size | Return Policy: Within 90 days
Posh and sophisticated, these heels definitely have a touch of vintage flair. The playful color-blocking detail and the round-toe shape keep with the retro vibe, while the adjustable T-strap closure offers added comfort.
Price at time of publish: $60
Naturalizer Vanessa Strappy Crystal Detail Block Heel
Size Range: 4-12 | Heel Height: 2.56" | Runs: True to size | Return Policy: Within 30 days
Take note: The signature Contour Fit cushioning system here makes for an unbelievably comfy fit that allows these heels to become tolerable for hours on end. Science, but make it fashion. These will certainly come in handy on your wedding day!
Price at time of publish: $100
Rebecca Allen The Two Strap
Size Range: 6-11 | Heel Height: 4" | Runs: Slightly large | Return Policy: Within 14 days
Strap in, brides! These scintillating heels are as slinky as they come. We'd consider this the anything-but-basic, basic heel you'll reach for again and again.
Price at time of publish: $185
For a Touch of Glamour
Manolo Blahnik Hangisi 70 Embellished Satin Pumps
Size Range: 4-12 | Heel Height: 4" | Runs: True to size | Return Policy: Within 14 days
We couldn't not include the cult-favorite Hangisi in this mix. Elegant and understated with a hint of sparkle, these pumps are perfect for your wedding day and beyond.
Price at time of publish: $1125
Best Small Heel
Nine West Arlene Pointy Toe Pumps
Size Range: 5-12 | Heel Height: 2.48" | Runs: Slightly large | Return Policy: Within 30 days
Towering heels can be really uncomfortable, but if you don't want to opt out of heels completely we suggest you try a small kitten heel. These darlings have a pointy toe to elongate the legs and will surely become a wardrobe staple.
Price at time of publish: $95
For The Label Lover
Saint Laurent Opyum High Heel Ankle Strap Sandals
Size Range: 4-12 | Heel Height: 3.34" | Runs: True to size | Return Policy: Within 90 days
With this unique design, these shoes are certainly no wallflowers. The gold YSL-shaped heel will definitely not go unnoticed but the beauty is in the rest of the understated accents that keep the shoe simple enough for only one feature to stand out.
Price at time of publish: $1290
Bottega Veneta Multi Strap Stretch High-Heel Sandals
Size Range: 5-12 | Heel Height: 3.5" | Runs: Small | Return Policy: Within 30 days
What more is there to say? These heels manage to be trendy, impossibly cool, and timeless all at the same time. We love the unique strap design that makes for a modern look, while the ankle strap provides stability and comfort.
Price at time of publish: $990
Calvin Klein Halena Stiletto Slip-On Heel
Size Range: 5-9.5 | Heel Height: 3" | Runs: Slightly large | Return Policy: Within 90 days
Sometimes the chicest option is the most basic—but that doesn't have to be a bad thing. These delicate yet chic sandals are an excellent wedding wardrobe choice and we love how minimalist they are.
Price at time of publish: $109
What to Look for In Nude Wedding Shoes
"When looking for the right wedding shoe, my first thought is always about comfort, to be honest," says Michelle. "It's a night about celebrating and dancing, and you want your feet to be as happy as you are!"
Shade and Material
"The next most important detail is probably material, I love something satin or patent," says Michelle. Nude shoes can be especially tricky as the perfect nude can be quite elusive. We suggest trying on shoes in-store as hues can look different on a screen. Remember: Different materials and finishes can help adjust the shade so if you love a shoe but can't find your shade in leather, consider suede or patent, as Michelle suggests, or even a slight metallic.
Venue and Season
When shopping for your ideal wedding shoe (regardless of color) it's important to first factor in the venue and season. Consider the type of flooring present whether that's grass, sand, or gravel for outdoor celebrations or carpet and tiles for indoor. Natural walkways require more robust materials like leather instead of fabrics that may stain or snag. Heel height is also worth noting. Uneven flooring, soft earth, or slippery indoor surfaces require different types of heels for a comfortable experience.
What type of shoes should the bride wear?
As the bride, you can wear any type of shoes you want, whether that's a pair of sky-high heels, open-toe sandals, glittering flats, or comfortable sneakers. Decide what you want to prioritize (maybe you want aesthetics over comfort, or vice versa), and go from there.
Should my wedding shoes match my wedding dress?
According to Michelle, "Yes for white heels. I would always always look into matching the color of the dress to the color of the shoe! It sounds silly, but there are many shades of white."
Otherwise, etiquette advises that the wedding dress and shoes should complement each other but don't necessarily have to match. We suggest you wear whatever feels the most you—go full contrast if that's what makes you smile!
Can I wear my wedding shoes after the wedding?
Definitely. In fact, selecting wedding shoes that are versatile enough to be worn outside of your wedding night is an excellent way to get the most out of the money you're spending. That's another advantage to nude shoes: They don't look like they were made specifically for your wedding.
Michelle agrees, stating that, "nude shoes are a standard for a wardrobe, and after the wedding night, you certainly should re-wear them! I would style them dressed up with any skirts, dresses, or even a great trouser. Heels make any look more special!"
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Jessica Booth is a journalist with over 10 years of experience whose work has appeared on sites such as Bustle, Insider, Refinery29, and more.