For the past few years, modern wedding shoes have continued to stray away from traditional whites. Dazzling diamante details, bold + bright colors, gold embellishments and other fabulous features make for truly memorable heels. Finding the perfect pair of wedding shoes begins with simply deciding which style you’re most drawn to and the statement you’d like to make on your big day.
While the wedding gown obviously takes first place in the list of most important items for the bride to purchase, the wedding shoes often take third – right after the veil. But consider that those shoes will be a major component of your bridal accessory shots, elevate your boudoir shoot, and will be a focal point during the removal of the garter. Time to up the ante, ladies!
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Sultry lace heels make for the perfect accompaniment to those modern wedding gown trends which rely heavily on slinky fabrics and see-through designs. Lacey bridal shoes are one of the most feminine styles available today – not to mention, they’re wildly popular right now! Bonus: many are designed to keep the bride’s feet cool and comfortable. And they’ll pair perfectly with your garter for the prettiest photo-op during the reception.
Simple sheer components bordered by thick bands create a classic mod vibe.
But just add some sparkle with hot-fix crystals for a true Cinderella slipper as well as a completely different look.
Eleven – Christian Louboutin, $2,795 (stylist pick!) | Twelve – Christian Louboutin, $1195 | Thirteen – Betsey Johnson, $129 | Fourteen – Betsey Johnson, $129 (stylist pick!) | Fifteen – Adrianna Papell, $89
Bridal shoes with cutouts patterns throughout the length of the shoe are popping up everywhere. Whether you choose a pair of heels or flats, the statement of the cutout pattern is sure to catch the eyes of your guests.
Diamante details on the backs of otherwise traditional heels make for stunning pre-ceremony detail shots. Go ahead and pre-plan those Pinterest-worthy photos to include your bridal jewelry, wedding rings, bouquet, and/or blusher.
Dreams take flight in this season’s strappy stilettos. Feathers photograph well, adding texture and whimsy. They’ll also do double duty as a luxurious addition to any bridal boudoir session.
Twenty-six – Jimmy Choo, $1875 | Twenty-seven – Jimmy Choo, $950 | Twenty-eight – Little Mistress London, $139 | Twenty-nine – Badgley Mischka, $159 | Thirty – Shoe Repulblic LA, $36
All that Glitters…
Bridal shoes glistening with golden details are gaining in popularity as a bride’s top choice for her special day. One of the most common styles includes wings placed on the back of a high heel, metallic floral details, or sassy studs.
While you can certainly choose blue lingerie to fulfill the traditional need to wear “something blue,” a pair of blue wedding shoes provides an interesting alternative. From pale shades of pastel blue to bold hues of royal blue, bridal wedding shoes have joined the selection of wedding gowns eschewing traditional white as the color of choice.
It seems Swarovski strassing (crystals covering the entirety of the shoe or accessory) has become the top statement of choice as of lately – and for good reason. Every gal deserves her shining moment and a gorgeous pair to display well beyond her wedding day. Elle Woods would be totally proud, anyway. Surely, there’s nothing more special.
Bright + Bold
Fun-loving brides are sure to appreciate the creativity of a boldly colored pair of shoes. These heels sure do pack a punch – while still retaining their formal flair. Brides having outdoor weddings, in particular, can easily incorporate a showy pair of shoes into their wedding attire.
Forty–six – Manolo Blahnik, $985 (stylist pick!) | Forty-seven – Christian Louboutin, $795 | Forty-eight – Christian Louboutin, $695 | Forty-nine – Lauren Lorrainne, $118.95 | Fifty – Charles by Charles David, $69 (stylist pick!)