After finding the perfect wedding dress, earrings, and hairstyle, there's one important accessory you need to look into—your shoes! Whether your dress is long enough to cover your shoes or statement shoes will take centre stage with a short gown, the perfect pair can make you feel like you're putting your best foot forward. From modish heels to whimsical sandals, we've rounded up some of the most memorable wedding shoes from real weddings to give the modern bride some ideas.
Why not let your shoes be your something blue? This bride went with a vibrant pop of colour on her feet. Decorated with tiny crystals on a sky blue open-toed heel, striking shoes like this Jeffrey Campbell pair could send you straight to cloud nine on your big day.
These cute shimmery rose gold heels feature Ted Baker's signature elegant bow. They add a touch of warmth and romance and are a good reminder that you are the real prize here and your partner is a lucky lad or lady! The versatile pink champagne colour is a perennial fave.
How adorable are these soft blue flats?! They're ideal for any bride who wants to ditch the heel on their wedding day in favour of comfort. We love the feminine floral embroidery, and if your white dress is long, this shoe could peek out now and then like a fun surprise. You'll get your money's worth out of a laid-back pair like this one that can be worn on casual weekends.
Embellished with a tip that looks dipped in gold, this elegant pair of duck-egg blue shoes are so subtly pigmented that it almost looks white. The whisper of colour adds intrigue, and the neutral shade will go with loads of formal and smart casual looks.
We are obsessed with these pom-pom shoes! They're playful yet sleek and sophisticated and are a great way to inject whimsy into your overall look. Between the modest heel and what looks like a rich raw silk finish, we'd use any excuse to pull these babies out of our closet.
This bride chose a pair of divine dusky pink suede stilettos with rhinestones and faux pearls at the back for added texture. It's tasteful and ultra-feminine, with an ankle strap for good measure. We'd be delighted to slip these shoes on to celebrate our nuptials.
These lovely white satin heels are the ultimate wedding dress finishing touch. Rhinestones decorating the back of the shoe add a twinkle, and the high heels will give petite gals a bit of a height boost. You'll feel on top of the world as long as you don't have to stand in this pair of shoes for too many hours.
You want the glitz and the glam? You got it! These crystal open-toed shoes are glittery and fabulous. Wide chunky heels are more comfortable than stilettos because they distribute weight more evenly, so if you want to gain some relatively pain-free inches, this is the way to go.
These black shoes with a matching bow and contrasting gold heels are spot on for the unconventional or more mature bride. You can pair them with a gothic or vampy dress or add some edge to your white ensemble. And while you're at it, put Sam Sparro's song Black and Gold on in the background. It's both a vibey love song and a conversation with God. Appropriate for the occasion, doncha think?
For the minimalist bride, these understated creme-coloured heels with tiny ankle straps absolutely nail the simple but classy brief. They're another example of a pair of neutral wedding shoes that go with just about everything for maximum value. That's a big plus for us.
We're in love! These shoes look like they've materialized from the pages of a fairytale like Beauty and the Beast. The fawn-coloured background is a pleasing counterpoint to the burst of colour at the front of the shoe, and the crystal roses with pearl centers look magical and symbolic. This is wearable art for the belle of the ball, and your soon-to-be-married feet are the canvas.
Go for all gold with these glamorous shiny heels for your wedding day. Photography by Hennygraphy .
If you're going for an elegant and unusual look, black suede shoes like this pair from British brand Mulberry could be the route for you. The lush, velvety aesthetic is worth keeping in your closet for years. We think Sophia Loren and Morticia Adams would both approve.
Forgoing giant stilettos on your wedding day? Try these dainty kitten heels with lace-up detail on the ankle instead. The mesh and floral applique combo looks like an extension of a classic white wedding gown. It'll be matchy-matchy and make for excellent pictures.
These lace heels are crafted by one of the world's most famous luxury shoe brands, Manolo Blahnik, and are fit for a princess. The shoes are all about intricate pizzazz and traditional flair, and we love the detailed embellishment and sense of negative space.
Jimmy Choo is another world-renowned luxury shoe brand synonymous with superior quality. These speckled silver heels with criss-cross straps are pretty special if you ask us. They're unlikely to become outdated and may be worth the splurge for the one day of your life that will revolve entirely around you.
For the quirky bride, there's no better way to make a statement and show off your personality than with sneakers. These black embroidered flats have llamas on them, but you can look for motifs that are meaningful to you. An infinity symbol, perhaps, or a couple of hearts? Not only are the shoes a conversation starter and album highlight, but you'll be less nervous walking down the aisle and comfortable hitting the dancefloor. Score, and score!
Firstly, this wedding dress is top-tier. And it's so well complemented by silvery platform heels with delicate straps. The dress looks light and flouncy, and the shoes are more solid, grounding the look like a welcome anchor. This bride could have used her high-low asymmetrical hemline to show off elaborate footwear, but she kept it simple, and it paid off.
These Alexandre Birman white stilettos with tie-up details around the ankle are super stylish. They would work like a charm at a breezy coastal wedding, but only if you won't need to walk directly on the sand. The appeal here is in the unpretentious but impactful structure and silhouette.
It's hard to say no to these cute pastel pink shoes with chunky heels and lace-up detail on the front. They're modern with a vintage sensibility and would go with so many different kinds of gowns or pantsuits. Love!
Wow is the only suitable response to these sought-after gold Valentino Garavani shoes with signature Rockstud straps. They are fierce! The iconic studs are inspired by Roman palazzo-style architecture, and the all-over sequins enhance the bling factor. That stiletto heel means business too.
These sheer soft glam heels are to die for—well, almost. They aren't just any shoes; they're red-soled Christian Louboutins, one of the planet's most expensive and coveted high-end shoe labels. The smattering of rhinestones on the barely-there mesh is enchanting and reminiscent of Cinderella and her glass slippers. We're smitten!
Not into neutrals or par-for-the-course blingy pumps? Opt for a fashion-forward print in bold hues. From chunky heel to front panel vamp, this shoe is wrapped in what seems like a floral print at first sight. But give it a second glance, and you'll notice insects rather than flowers. Imagine a similarly sensational print peeking out from under a full skirt and possibly matching your decor—that would be peak attention to detail, which is kind of what we live for.
Just look at these clear crystal disco ball heels—they look tough and fragile simultaneously. These sandals are visually compelling and the most interesting shoes on this list by far.
We're big-time fans of the ombre effect. Ombre hair, ombre frosting, ombre accessories—we want them all. These Jimmy Choo shoes, with their colour duality, are spellbinding and festive and could complement your wedding's palette like they were made for the moment.
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