Shoes are a tiny wedding detail, usually hidden by the gown, but secretly they're an MVP of the wedding day. The perfect pair of wedding shoes will help you saunter down the aisle in style and also be a source of comfort. Of course style sometimes wins out over substance, and for that, we have backups in mind! From perfect nude pumps and glittering beauty stilettos to stylish sneakers, we're sharing our top ten wedding shoes to try on to find your perfect pair.
Before selecting your wedding shoes we recommend picking out your dress, or at the very least really honing in on the style. This can help you determine what shoe style makes the most sense for your look. Factor in the season and the venue as well, to be sure there aren't any unexpected obstacles. For a beachside soiree a stiletto may be disastrous even for the most seasoned heel-wearer, so save the shoe selection for after a few of the other big decisions are made.
Once the wedding gown is selected it's the perfect time to pick out your shoes and there are a few brands and approaches to shoe selection that are foolproof. For even the most classic and streamlined look, selecting a shoe that's a bit more out of the box can be a fun way to add a little bit of panache to your look. While pairing classics with classics and bling with bling makes sense, a classic nude, blinged-out stunner, or a colorful option can go with any look. When selecting high heeled beauties, we have a few bridal favorites to check out first.
Bella Belle - This ultra-feminine shoe brand has taken the bridal world by storm and with good reason. Not only is their selection of options unmatched, their craftsmanship is just as notable. Each of their shoes are handcut and sewn for lasting durability and a truly bespoke feeling, even though they're available for all.
Manolo Blahnik - With loads of styles available, Manolos are about as classic as it gets. If you're still looking for your "something blue," you can take a page from Carrie Bradshaw's book and opt for their Hangisi stilettos in the most gorgeous royal blue silk. Though they're one of the pricier options on the list, in the royal blue they can certainly be worn time and time again even after the wedding day.
Jimmy Choo - Bows, feathers, pearls, and lace are just a few of the embellishments that Jimmy Choo brings to the table in their bridal footwear range. For the bride who wants to pull out all the stops for the most luxe wedding shoes, look no further than Jimmy Choo.
Badgley Mishka - For all of the glitz and glam of Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik with a slightly friendlier price tag, Badgley Mishka is the perfect middle ground. The shoes are still a bit of an investment, but for the glam-loving bride who is looking for a show-stopper without the price tag of some of the brands above, these are just the ticket!
Stuart Weitzman - With everything from your perfect shade of nude to shimmering gold and bright white, this brand is iconic for a reason. If the bold embellishments of the luxury brands above are a bit too much, Stuart Weitzman offers a great line-up of slightly more understated stunners and simple classics that can be worn for years to come.
Sarah Flint - While these aren't as much of a household name (yet!) as some of the others on the list, this brand is Duchess-approved, as they are a Meghan Markle favorite. The Perfect Pump is sleek, elegant, and comes in varying heights, and is known to frequently sell out due to its unmatched comfort! This is another brand that creates high quality shoes that can seamlessly transition to your newlywed life.
Aldo, Asos, and DSW- If breaking the bank on shoes isn't your cup of tea, o look no further than Aldo, Asos, and DSW for wallet-friendly options. Each season these brands bring out loads of new options that are fabulous and functional for the budget-conscious bride. For those who plan to kick of their heels as soon as they walk back down the aisle, a budget friendly option can be just the ticket!
After a long day of photos, vows, and mingling backup flats are a must. These are also great alternatives for the laid-back or more comfort-focused bride! Opting out of a heel doesn't mean you have to be any less glamorous. These are our personal favorites for flats, but most brands (even the biggest luxury brands!) offer stylish flats for special occasions.
Bella Belle - The bridal shoes so nice we had to pick them twice. The brand has just about every style you can imagine and something for every venue type, so whether a chic sandal or a bedazzled flat is your comfy shoe of choice you can find your chicest options here.
Birdies - These shoes are known for feeling like walking on a cloud, so it's hard to imagine a more perfect pair to slip on when the heels are kicked to the curb. The added bonus is that they're not immensely bridal looking, so they're a great investment piece to work into your newlywed life.
Kate Spade - For the playful bride, look no further than a Kate Spade sneaker. They have an understated eyelet and a glitter-bomb collaboration with Keds currently, but this brand is always coming out with a new, cute take on celebratory staples.
Whether you're looking to walk down the aisle in dazzling stilettos or fabulous flats, the market is overflowing with options for brides-to-be to choose from. Our top ten bridal shoe brands are just a starting point, and once you find a brand or style you love the world is your oyster as there are versions for every price point. After selecting your pair (or pairs) of shoes (hello, back up flats!) for the day, don't forget to connect with your wedding planner or photographer and add the shoes to the detail shot list. Before they take you down the aisle they'll be photographed in pristine perfection to remember for years to come.
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