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
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.
Wedding shoes wedge
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.
Wedding shoes in silver
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.
Wedding shoes ivory
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.
Wedding shoes white
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.
Wedding shoes blue
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.
Wedding shoes in gold
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.
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.
These flirty heels are given a romantic touch with not one but TWO miniature bow details. We love.
These rose gold and silver ombre heels are ideal for the bride who wants the best of both works in a classic court shoe shape.
These court shoes are given a modern touch with a glossy finish and two part upper.
Add a shock of colour to your outfit with these cobalt heels, with an asymmetric cut for a fashion-forward look.
Why make things complicated? These white heels are as fresh and as clean as it gets, with a shiny finish to keep you looking like the star you are.
Jimmy Choos are always a safe bet for special occassions and these wedding-ready slingbacks are a beautiful understated option.
Not a fan of heels? These Gucci flats are a total classic and easy enough to run around in.
If you need a little more stability, these pearl embellished block heels are a great shout. They’re also available in white, black and red – so go wild.
Looking for a pair you’ll be able to wear forever? These nude heels from L’Intervalle are a staple for any wardrobe – wedding or not.
These dark blue standouts are from KG Kurt Geiger (and they’re currently on sale!). With three satin straps and an embellished heel for extra style, you’ll be proudly standing tall at the altar with these babies on.
The baguette beaded straps on these metallic heels really take a simple silhouette to another level. Major destination wedding vibes.
Go for glamour in these dramatic velvet heels from Gianvito Rossi, which draws on Shanghainese embroidery details and button closure for ease of access.
These glittery heels demand a bright pedicure to match the dramatic cut out details. Forget walking down the aisle, in these you’ll be strutting.
This fierce heel and pointed toe bring an edge to wedding shoe couture, balanced by ivory lace and satin.
Shout your love from the rooftops – and from a swanky pair of heels. We love the eye-catching appliqué on these white sling backs.
We’re in love with Charlotte Olympia’s bridal range and these cut outs add a dash of sexiness to any wedding outfit.
For more bridal inspiration, take a look at our other wedding edits. Congratulations to those of you getting hitched!