Plus dreamy styles to choose from, whatever your theme
Once you’ve picked the perfect dress, finding the shoes to match should be the icing on the cake. But before you run straight for the Manolos you’ve been dreaming of since you saw that SATC movie, remember, there’s some important factors to consider, like will they work with your dress? And whether you’ll really be able to wear them all day.
We chatted to Brown’s Accessories Buyer Hollie Harding, to get her advice on the biggest trends of the season, plus four top tips on how to choose the perfect pair.
1. Try before you buy
You might have had a pair of dream heels in mind before you even found your dress. But if they don’t sit right with your gown then the whole look will be off. Harding recommends narrowing your search online. “It’s an easy and efficient way to get a sense of what’s out there,” she says.
Then, “once you’ve identified the styles you’re most excited about, the next step is to go and try them on. Consider how they will look with your wedding dress,” she says. Be sure to measure the heel and take this into account if you’re having a full-length dress adjusted.
2. They don’t have to be white
Or cream, or ivory. Matching your shoes to your dress can look old fashioned, so don’t be afraid of colour. “We have seen brides moving away from traditional white and ivory coloured footwear and be a little more adventurous with styles that reflect their personality,” says Harding.
“Sophia Webster sandals and Manolo Blahnik jewelled mules are stand-out styles that really illustrate this trend right now.”
3. You really can’t compromise on comfort
The most important question you can ask yourself before saying ‘I do’ to your wedding shoes is: can I walk in them? Blisters aren’t chic, after all. “You’ll be on your feet all day so it’s more important than ever that your shoes feel as good as they look,” says Harding.
“I once saw a bride change into a pair of wellies at her reception just because her shoes were so uncomfortable. There are so many styles and options out there so don’t commit to a shoe until you’re completely sure it’s the right option for you,” she adds.
4. Choose something you can wear again
If you’re going to invest in a pair of amazing designer heels why not make them something you can wear again? Harding recommends opting for a versatile pair like Miu Miu’s silver lace-up sandals: “They’re a wise investment and a perfect wedding-shoe option as they come with removable ankle straps so brides can choose how they wear them on their big day, but can switch it up post-wedding whenever they want.”
Need some inspiration? Here’s 5 styles to choose from for every wedding theme, from country to vintage to beach… or check out our edit of the best high street wedding dresses.
The vibe: Your dress is figure-hugging with a flowing train and and plenty of tulle. The reception is a grand house with manicured lawns.
The shoes: Block heels are your BFF for a country wedding as they won't sink into the grass. Plus, many stately home owners don't allow stilettos inside.
2. ASOS Country Speaker Pointed Heel Wedding Shoes
3. Freya Rose Micola Country Champagne Heel Wedding Shoes
4. Miu Miu Country Suede Pump Wedding Shoes
The vibe: Your dress is classic and nipped at the waist, you’re wearing your hair up and you’ve sourced retro table decorations for your venue.
The shoes: Add a little edge to a simple gown with a colourful pair of heels or something with plenty of embellishment. If you’ve got dainty ankles, a pair of T-bar heels are a flattering choice.
6. Emmy London Vintage Alice Heel Wedding Shoe
7. Dune Vintage Blue Heel Wedding Shoes
8. Harriet Wilde Arabella Cherry Vintage Heeln Wedding Shoes
The look: You dress is breezy, your hair is loose and the vibe is carefree. Just close family, friends and the waves crashing behind you.
The shoes: A special pair of flat sandals are ideal, or wedges if you want some height.
10. Manolo Blahnik Beach Metallic Leather Embellished Flat Sandal Wedding Shoes
11. Charlotte Mills Beach Blossom Sandal Beach Wedding Shoes
12. Muzungu Sisters Beach Gold Indian Sandal Wedding Shoe
The vibe: A ramshackle church filled with fairy lights is your venue, or perhaps just a clearing in the woods. Your dress is slinky enough to make Kate Moss cry with envy and you’re wearing real flowers in your hair.Boho
The shoes: If your dress is a simple slip or lace confection then you can go all out with the shoes, and even if you opt for killer heels, no matter. You can always take them off and go bare foot later.
Embroidered satin ballerinas, £322, Etro
14. Camilla Elphik Boho Coming Up Roses Heel Wedding Shoes
15. Topshop Boho Ruffle perspex heel sandal Wedding Shoes
16. Marchesa Boho Wedding Shoes
The vibe: you’ve booked a town hall for a low-key ceremony, then it’s on to the party, sorry; reception, for dancing until dawn.
The shoes: You’ll want a wow-factor pair of heels for when you flash them on your way down the steps at the venue. Metallics scream city chic, but some fresh white kicks might be a good option for all that dancing later on…
18. Miu Miu City Vinyl-Floral Embellished Sandal Wedding Shoe
19. Tabitha Simmons City Glittered Leather Pump Wedding Shoes
20. Miss KG By Topshop City Occassion Weddding Shoes
21. Silver Strappy Court Heel
Silver Strappy Court Heel