The Best Wedding Shoes for Every Type of Bride
Not a satin peep toe in sight.
When it comes to bridal purchases for one’s wedding day, the dress reigns supreme. It’s what everyone asks you about the moment you get engaged; it’s what consumes your mind as you figure out all of the details of walking down the aisle and pledging to another human until death do you part. And when you finally decide and purchase what might be the most expensive piece of clothing you’ve ever owned, you breathe a sigh of relief (and vow not to look at any other dresses!). But soon you realize, there’s more buying to be done…as in shoes, veils, accessories, and jewelry. And per usual, we’re here to help, since we know from experience that the wedding shoe market can be a bit, uh, hard to navigate (read: way, way too much ivory satin). Here, we’ve rounded up everything from flat sandals (for those Bahamas beach nuptials) to sky-high lace numbers (for a ballroom reception)—even better, they’re all chic and can be worn again. So you never have to go to the dreaded “bridal” corner of the shoe salon again—you can thank us later.
If showing your toes on your wedding day isn’t exactly your style—or the season doesn’t allow for it—consider a closed-toe pump. While there are tons of nude and white versions on the market, if you’re feeling bold, go for an element of surprise with an embellished heel or subtle spikes to offset a minimal dress.
There’s a reason ankle ties have adorned pretty much every shoe for the last few season. They flatter most ankles and look amazing in photos. For your wedding day, go for crisp white flats or a soft pink pair that will pop under your gown.
Beach and outdoor receptions call for a completely different type of wedding wardrobe. Thankfully there’s a slew of sandal options out there, which work just as well for guests, bridesmaids, and after-party—especially those crystal-covered beauties.
We’ve seen the most low-key of people—you know, the ones who swore they’d never wear sparkles—go full-out on their wedding day. A good way to channel your inner princess without overdoing it is with accessories. Chances are you’ll wear them over and over again post-wedding.
Let’s be real, being comfortable is paramount—especially if you plan on dancing until the wee hours. Low to no heels make a great second pair of shoes for the inevitable moment when you can’t bear the numbness of 5-inch heels any longer. Plus, they’re perfect for any other wedding weekend events.