Wedding shoes: Styles for the fashion-forward bride

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Say yes to the dress (and the heels)

Words by Megan C. Hills

There’s no denying that your wedding dress is going to be the sartorial star of the day, but your footwear is where you can add a dash of personality to your outfit. There’s a lot of things to consider when it comes to your shoes (colour, style, comfort and more) and we’ve rounded up what we think are the best wedding shoes, combining classic cool with statement pieces fresh off our SS18 fashion trend report.

Gone are the days of the staid blocky heel, with both affordable high street retailers and luxe fashion brands jazzing up footwear for fashion-savvy brides. There’s all manner of styles for both the shoe-obsessed diva and demure princess and we’ve also thrown in a number of different heights depending on your comfort level – after all, you’re going to be standing around for photographs for an awful long time.

Low-key brides can’t go wrong with simple classics by L’Intervalle or Jimmy Choo, while jaw-dropping heels by Gianvito Rossi or Charlotte Olympia will have you looking runway ready in no time.A pop of colour is always a welcome touch as well, whether that comes in the form of a romantic scarlet appliqué, subtle floral detailing or something blue.

Spending big bucks isn’t a necessity either as ASOS, New Look, Topshop and Next have really turned things out this season with snowy shades and soft metallics dominating the colour palette. (Plus, high street wedding dresses have really stepped up their game in recent years.)  Check out some of our favourites below.

Flat wedding shoes

Rene Caovilla 10mm Embellished Straps Silk Satin Flats, £605, Luisaviaroma

Channel your inner royal with these grand satin flats by Rene Caovilla. With a cross strap crafted from real Swarovski crystals and imitation pearls, it’s naturally got the iconic Rene Caovilla glitter sole for a bit of extra sparkle on your wedding day.

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Wedding shoes wedge

best wedding shoes

The Row Flora Leather Mules, £760, NET-A-PORTER

If you can’t stand the thought of standing around in heels all day but still want a bit of lift, these gorgeous wedges from The Row are a sleek take on the style. Crafted from Italian leather and a thick wooden heel, they’re a pair that’ll go beyond your wedding day – pair it with trainers and a slouchy winter coat and you’re well into fashion blogger territory.

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Wedding shoes in silver

best wedding shoes

GRETAL V-Cut Block Heels, £49, Topshop

The saving grace on these show stopping shoes is the thick block heel – vital if you’re the kind of bride who’s going to tear up the dance floor after being on your feet all day. With a dramatic V-cut and fierce pointed toe, these wedding shoes are definitely a shout for the edgier bride.

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Wedding shoes ivory

SJP by Sarah Jessica Parker 70mm Heirloom Embellished Satin Pumps, £591, Luisaviaroma

When it comes to shoes, in SJP we trust. These beautiful ivory wedding shoes from her line are a wedding classic, with a minimal crystal detail and a bolt of periwinkle on the heel for extra luck.

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Wedding shoes white

best wedding shoes

True Decadence Satin Ankle Tie Barely There Heeled Sandal, £28, ASOS

A tie fastening on a heel always adds a dash of sexiness to any outfit and these white wedding shoes are bang on trend. With a high 10cm heel, satin uppers and and open toe to show off your fancy pedicure, it helps that they’re incredibly affordable so you can splash out on the dress.

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Wedding shoes blue

best wedding shoes

Pale Blue Suedette Pointed Court Shoes, £17.99, New Look

These airy blue shoes will have you walking on clouds all day. With a suedette finish and three inch stiletto heel, it’s a simple silhouette ideal for ladies with a more dramatic dress – plus, they cost less than £20.

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Wedding shoes in gold

wedding shoes

Strappy Open Toe Sandal, £49, CHARLES & KEITH

A metallic heel is always a great shout and we’re particularly in love with these strappy standouts from CHARLES & KEITH. Blink and you’ll miss it – the pearl detail on the stiletto heel is everything.

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With this edit of the best high heels, pumps  and flats, there’s no excuse for footwear to be a bland afterthought. Whether you’re wearing one of the most popular wedding dresses on Pinterest or striking out on your own in a bold coloured gown, these are the best wedding shoes that’ll see you through whatever your outfit choice. And be prepared to make these babies work hard – we fully expect to see you cutting a rug on the reception dance floor.

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