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Finding the right pair of wedding shoes is trickier than it sounds, especially if satin ivory courts aren't your thing and you're looking for something alternative. I waded through hundreds of pairs in my search for shoes to wear on my own wedding day. Here's my pick of designers, shapes and styles of alternative wedding shoes to look out for if you want something a little different.

1) It's not always about ivory and cream

Metallic wedding shoes will contrast beautifully with your dress, especially if you're going for an antique ivory shade. The mirrored bronze leather style by Jimmy Choo works as a great alternative to gold and silver, or for an elegant flat option we love these rose gold numbers by Whistles.

2) Spiky heels not your thing? Try a block heel instead.

Most bridal shoes are all about a slim, high heel, but if you want to be comfy why not mix it up with a block style instead. These embellished beauties by Miu Miu won't have you sinking into the grass during your photos.


3) It's your party (so wear flats if you want to)

Flats have enjoyed a serious fashion boom in the last few years (you may have noticed) and there are now loads of amazing wedding styles available, so if heels aren't your thing then embrace the comfort in these.

4) Don't be afraid to have fun

The great irony of wedding shoes is - unless you're going short - no-one will get to see much of them. I like the idea of a really quirky style under your long dress that you can show off later when you're twirling around the dancefloor. Sophia Webster, who has just launched her own bridal range, is perfect for this. Or try a flash of statement red with these Louboutins.

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5) Have fun with embellishment

If your dress is very simple and classic you can add a bit of interest with crystal, glitter or floral details.

6) Go statement with the toes

Add a bit of fun to the bit of the shoe people will see by wearing a shoe with a pom-pom or oversized crystal on the tip.

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7) Go neutral with nudes

A leg-lengthening nude pointy heel is a great alternative to white or cream. Go for an on trend Mary-Jane or try a sparkly open-toed sandal.

8) Try a T-bar style for a shoe you can dance in

If you want to wear heels but still want to go at it like Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire for your first dance, a vintage style wedding shoe like this one will keep your feet secure.

9) You don't have to go girly

If you're a bit of a tomboy and the idea of pretty-pretty shoes makes you feel a bit queasy, these white brogues would make a great pair of alternative wedding shoes. You'll be the best dancer of the night...

10) Can't find any alternative wedding shoes you love? Design your own pair!

Because the dress generally comes first you might want to create something that goes just perfectly with your gown. Upper Street allow you to design your very own bespoke wedding shoes. Book in for one of their design masterclasses to turn yourself into your very own bridal cobbler! As the saying goes, if you want something done...

11) It's all about the context...

For example, these Jenny Packham x Debenhams sandals are useful wedding shoes if your venue happens to be a tropical beach. There's nothing glamorous about sandy stilettos...

12) Your wedding shoes can still be fierce

If you love a studded heel, there's no reason you can't find a version to wear on your wedding day. We say go all out with these Valentino beauties.

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