While we love a classic bridal shoe — a white or cream-coloured elegant heel or flat that perfectly matches your dress — some brides love footwear with a bit of pop! Having a brightly coloured or patterned shoe peek out from under your bridal gown on your big day is a great way to add contrast and personality to your wedding look. Plus, you can match your shoes to your bouquet, your husband-to-be’s tie, and even the decor you’ve chosen for your wedding venue.
Not sure where to start? We’ve rounded up five of our favourite Canadian footwear designers below! All of these brands are known for their elegant-but-funky styles, so choosing a pair should be a walk in the park.
For more than 40 years, John Fluevog has been designing some of the most unique, striking footwear in Canada and beyond — his celebrity fans include Madonna, Beyonce and Lady Gaga. His shoes run the gamut from intricate patterns and prints to out-of-this-world colour combinations (case in point: Fluevog’s outrageously funky Originals). For those looking for a slightly more subdued bridal look, we love the Mia, a pale yellow pump with white trim and elegant cutouts:
Montreal brand L’Intervalle makes all their footwear in Spain, and their elegant styles are as timeless as they are perfectly on-trend. As a bonus, each style comes in a huge variety of colours, which should make it easy for you to match your (or your bridal party’s!) shoes to your wedding’s overall aesthetic. We love the Kaos, with its funky block heel and elegant ankle strap — perfect for a stylish warm-weather ceremony:
Brother Vellies designer Aurora James recently made headlines for designing Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s eye-catching “tax the rich” dress at the 2021 Met Gala. James’ footwear is just as striking, with styles ranging from everyday mules and loafers to striking pumps and heels. Baroque-loving brides will fall for the Grandma Stell Mule, an ornate, pastel slip-on with some seriously striking frilled details:
Zvelle’s designed-in-Toronto, made-in-Italy shoes are built to last. We’re not saying you should wear your wedding shoes after your big day… but you just might want to! This footwear brand was launched in 2015, and is a favourite of Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau. The striking, architectural Amelia, in a deep fuschia, is a great pick for autumn weddings:
This brand’s funky, understated, perfect-for-everyday styles will suit brides with toned-down, boho wedding aesthetics. The Malaga in particular is a great way to add a muted splash of colour to a cozy, semi-casual wedding ceremony: