Your dress may be the most important thing you focus on for your wedding look but when it comes to adding the finishing touches, then your bridal shoes are definitely your sole-mate.
Comfort should be top of the list as should style, detailing, heel height and all-round gorgeousness as let’s be honest you want to totally be the Belle of your wedding ball. So, whether you are opting for the traditional look or choosing something more contemporary or edgy, we have the lowdown on some of the best bridal wedding shoes to ensure you totally style it as you glide down the aisle.
The Best Bridal Wedding Shoe
Our best choice is versatile pair of pump wedding shoes that with their mid-height heel are both super-cute and comfortable and will style up any wedding dress without taking over the show. And with the Dream Pairs’ Luvly bridal wedding shoes range, you can do it your own way – go cream-neutral, sparkle-tastic or opt for a color pop.
These comfortable high heels have also been designed to keep you on your feet, with a flexible outsole, padded insole and a small 0.1 platform for a balanced glide as you walk. And all for a great price – leaving you a little spare for those extra accessories!
Round toe design
Latex padded insole
Choice of 19 colorways
- BrandDream Pairs
Very pretty/very comfortable shoe with a walk-able heel height
Can run a little narrow so do try on
If you’re a high-heeled diva and want to reach those heights at your wedding, then these open-toe heeled pumps will take your look to another level.
With a towering 4.75-inch heel height, balance is created thanks to the built-in platform to create a super-glam bridal wedding shoe that is also surprisingly comfortable. The Badgley Mischka Kiara Platform Pump also has stunning details on the back heel, with a dramatic cluster of rhinestones creating a bling back view as you walk. In five neutral colors, you can make even more of a statement with one of the jewel colors also on offer. OK, these platform heels are one of the most expensive in our best bridal wedding shoes review, but we love, love, love these sparkly beauties!
Textile upper/leather sole
Peep-toe pump design
1-inch hidden platform
Rhinestone design on heel counter
- BrandBadgley Mischka
- Weight2.38 pounds
Totally glamorous high heel shoes that are surprisingly comfortable
Fit is on the large size, so a non-slip insert may be a good idea
These beauties are seriously high!
For a cute bridal wedding shoe that has a little bit of a 50s kitten heel vibe, these great value slingbacks will totally fit the bill. Made from a soft synthetic upper and with a gorgeous point toe, Greatonu Slingback Dress Pumps will add an easy elegance to your wedding outfit.
The lower heel, leather insole and cushioned foot-bed also mean you can pop these dainty beauties on and forget about them, as they are not going to let you down. And, at less than $35, they will go soft on your bank balance. Go neutral, go sparkle or go embellished, these are shoes you will also be able to wear after your big day.
Easy wear low heel
Classic slingback design
Adjustable buckle closure
Cushioned foot bed insole
- Weight1.54 pounds
A timeless pair of neutral bridal wedding shoes at a great price
For wider feet, you may need to make an extra hole or two in the ankle strap
Sophisticated and modern, we really love these ankle strap heeled sandals which add effortless style to both an indoor and outdoor wedding.
The block heel of Sam Edelman Yaro Heeled Sandals is a high 4 inches but it’s chunky enough to keep you comfortable without losing its elegance. These bridal wedding shoes would work on grass or softer surfaces and while the platform at the front is a little lacking, should keep you on your feet all day. Made from a lovely quality leather, choose one of the delicate neutral shades or opt for a metallic, sparkle or floral pattern to really make your bridal look your own. To make them extra comfortable, be sure to choose one of the best pairs of heel inserts from our list.
Made from 100% leather
Block 4-inch heel
Adjustable ankle strap
Choice of 18 colorways
- BrandSam Edelman
- Weight1.69 pounds
Wide ankle strap gives reassuring support without looking clunky
Platform could be a little higher for improved underfoot comfort
Whether as your main bridal wedding shoes or as your comfort fall back when the high heels need to come off, we like the glitzy look of these rhinestone-encrusted flats from ElegantPark.
Made form an elegant ivory, white or champagne satin with a closed, round toe, pleated front and sparkle gem buckle, these are also the shoe to go to if comfort is your priority. They feel dainty when on and will complement your dress without overpowering your look. ElegantPark Pleated Satin Wedding Bridal Shoes could also be a great option for your bridesmaids and are available in adult sizes, from 4 to 12. Very pretty and good quality for the price. If you are also looking for footwear for professional outfits, check out our guide to the best comfortable flats for work.
Soft satin upper
Closed round toe
Rhinestone effect buckle
Choice of 7 colors
Perfect for laid back weddings or as a back-up when wedding heel fatigue strikes!
They run small so look at a size up for a good fit
Our second pair from Elegant Park, this time with the heel height raised to 3 inches and with a peep toe and curvy side design that is more than a little bit old school, va-va voom! As a pair of bridal wedding shoes, these would work just as well with a princess puffball dress as they would with a sexy slim, silhouette.
Made from a soft satin and with some gorgeous rhinestone bling detail across the front and side, we love the cheek and charm of ElegantPark Peep Toe Wedding Shoes. Opt for ice white or ivory…or go pop with one of the bright colors available. For more fashionable and stylish shoes, check out our guide to the best wedges for women.
Peep toe and open side design
Mid-height heel for comfort
Heel height is the perfect in-between choice for elegance and comfort
Insole cushioning and heel padding for a great fit
No half sizes available
The Quintana shoe packs all the designer punches to make you and your wedding dress totally runway – or church aisle – ready. The Quintana is at the top end of our best wedding bridal shoes budget, but they deserve our Premium Pick title as they are shoes you simply won’t want to take off your feet!
Pointed toe, crystal encrusted top detailing and a gorgeous side mesh panel, you also get a wearable heel, that looks higher thanks to its sharp stiletto design. The result is a stunning bridal shoe that creates a sleek and sophisticated silhouette to make you feel like a princess on your wedding day. You may not be able to go all night on your feet but sitting down is good as you’ll get to really show off these must-have bridal wedding shoes. Our guide to the best boat shoes featured more stylish footwear like this, so be sure to check them out.
Textile upper/leather sole
Satin and fine weave detailing
Crystal toe embellishment
- BrandBadgley Mischka
A pair of gorgeous princess shoes that can be worn again and again
Heel height could reduce comfort over a longer period of time
A reliable shoe shape with a good heel and a gorgeous finish, all for less than $40, you can trust these wedding shoes from Dunion to help make your day special. With a double-padded memory foam footbed and a well-balanced 3.5-inch stiletto heel, you also get a slip-resistant rubber outsole to keep you gliding through your wedding like the perfect bride princess.
The pointed toe of DUNION Appoint Wedding Shoes is lovely, off-set by a stunning rhinestone-embellished buckle to make these great priced bridal wedding shoes extra pretty. Choose from the gorgeous neutral metal-shine colors for a bridal wedding shoe that will keep you light on your feet, all day long. If you are looking for extra comfortable footwear for casual occasions, check out our guide to the best slides for women.
Pointed toe and rhinestone buckle
Rubber, non-slip sole
Double-padded memory foam footbed
Comfort-fit slip on design
- Weight1.6 pounds
Comes with a padded memory foam footbed for all-day comfort
Pointed-toe design means they are a slim shoe so check your fit
With their designer looks at a budget-friendly price, there is lux quality about these stunning transparent bridal wedding shoes from Miluoro.
If you are skilled in the art of walking in sky-high heels, then these shoes could well be a wedding match made in heaven. In a delicate blush mesh and silver sparkle detailing, Miluoro Transparent Wedding Shoes are sophisticated and just that little bit sexy, perfect for the modern bride. Dotted over the mesh toe are beautiful rhinestone crystals that add a lovely light and sparkle as you walk. The toe is narrow and the stiletto heel on the slim side, but the all-day comfort factor can be put aside if you’re looking for a pair of showcase shoes to add height and glamorous elegance to your wedding dress. Our guide to the best flip flops for women features great summer footwear, so check them out.
Slip-on/pointed toe design
Slim stiletto heel
A drop-dead gorgeous bridal wedding shoe with designer looks
Slim design and heel height reduce the all-day comfort factor
Vamp up your wedding dress with these peep toe heels that simply ooze old-style glamour. Made from lux-feel satin with a cute open toe and cut-out side, these bridal wedding shoes from Erijunor really are a class act.
The soft blush color adds a warmth to the bridal design and the side embellishment of sparkly crystals ups the glam factor. The 4-inch heel of ERIJUNOR Peep Toe Bridal Wedding Shoes is balanced by a hidden forefront platform to create a comfortable stride as you walk. We also like the delicate ankle strap as well as the padded insole and non-slip rubber outer, to keep you partying all night like the bridal dancing queen. For some comfy summer outdoor shoes, check out our guide to the best walking sandals for women.
Satin upper and ankle strap
Peep toe and side crystal embellishment
Padded inner and non-slip sole
0.5-inch hidden platform
Glamour and comfort combined for a gorgeous bridal shoe
Comes in half sizes so good for wider feet
The outer is slightly stiff so will need a little breaking in before your big day
Bridal Wedding Shoes Buying Guide & FAQ
How We Chose Our Selection Of Bridal Wedding Shoes
We used the following criteria to help you put your best bridal foot forward:
Brand – nothing but the best for the bride on her big day so we’ve picked the brands that will give real style to the proceedings.
Price – with shoes to fit all budgets, only the wedding footwear that offers great value when it comes to design, and wear-ability made the guest list.
Reviews – there’s nothing like first-hand experience so you can be sure that your dream pair of bridal shoes have passed the wedding day test.
Features To Look For In Bridal Wedding Shoes
Before you start some serious bridal shoe shopping, the following are key features to consider:
Style - flat, slip-on, sky-high heel, pump or strappy, the style of shoe you choose is a personal choice, you’re the bride after all! But when picking the style of bridal shoe, make sure it also works with your dress as well as the location and type of wedding you’re having.
Design – although you may think your bridal wedding shoes will not be on show, they will be seen and so the design you choose needs to complement or enhance your dress and accessories. Go low key and sleek so your shoes are the finishing touch or look for bling, sparkle or a pop of color to make a real statement.
Comfort – as you’ll be spending most of your Big Day on your feet, you need to ensure your bridal wedding shoes max out on the comfort factor. Choose your heel height carefully and ensure that they not only work with your dress, but you can walk in them. Also look for comfort fabrics, insoles, and always get the right fit.
Types Of Wedding Shoes For The Bride
There are several main bridal wedding shoe styles that can help you decide which one is for you:
Flats & Wedges - an outdoor summer or beach wedding cries out for the right bridal wedding shoes; to keep you cool and elegant and to also take the terrain (hmmm, sand) in their stride. A wedge heel gives you the elevation to create a gorgeous silhouette, yet they are stable enough to ensure you glide over soft or sandy ground. Flats are also a good option – and for any wedding are a godsend as an emergency back-up if your high-heeled wedding party feet are starting to feel the strain!
Open Toe Shoes – an elegant option for a warm spring or summer wedding as you can pick the height of your heels and the open toe will help to keep you cool. They can either be super-cute or full-on glam and give you the chance to show off that immaculate pedi!
Close Toe Shoes – perfect for a cooler season wedding or a more formal affair, close toe shoes go with most dresses and add a sophisticated touch to your once-in-a-lifetime dress. Go sky-high or mid-heel, pointed-toe or round. Close toe shoes also look stunning with embellishment or sparkle to create an extra special look.
High Sandals – for sheer gorgeousness that will see you from altar to reception, high sandals are a good choice for the modern bride. Open toe, high heel, ankle straps or sling-back, high sandals look stunning with silhouette and mermaid dresses as well as a contemporary mid-length dress or trouser suit.
Bridal Wedding Shoes FAQ
Q: What kind of shoes should I wear to my wedding?
A: As the bride, this is your day and you get to choose your dream wedding outfit. But when deciding on your bridal wedding shoes, here are just a few things to consider: the venue, the time of year, the location (indoor or out), your wedding dress style, the height of heel you can comfortably walk in and how much dancing you plan to do!
Q: How do I choose wedding shoes?
A: The universal piece of advice is – choose your shoes AFTER you’ve picked your wedding dress. This way you’ll have good idea as to the type of shoe that will work with your outfit, the best color options and the height of heel you need.
One final tip… always choose your bridal shoes before your dress fittings as the dressmaker will need to know the heel height of the shoes to ensure your wedding dress is the perfect length.
Q: How do you match shoes with a dress?
A: Once you’ve chosen your dress, you’ll have a good idea as to the wish-list for your shoes. Matching your shoes will then depend on the style of dress, the color, any distinct features and dress length. You can then decide whether to go for a total match (eg, color, lace), opt for a theme (eg, if your dress has a vintage vibe or go for shoes with embellishments or details that will complement your dream wedding dress.
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