Dreamy shoe styles you'll love every inch as much as your gown; 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.
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We chatted to Brown’s Accessories Buyer Hollie Harding, to get her advice on the biggest trends of the season, 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.
“Miu Miu gold heels and jeweled 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 's pearl sandals: “They’re a wise investment and a perfect wedding-shoe option as they have a chunky lower heel so brides can be comfortable on their big day, but can easily wear them post-wedding whenever they want.”
Need some inspiration? Here are the styles to choose from for every wedding theme, from country to vintage to beach… or check out our edit of the best bridesmaid dresses.
1. Sophia Webster Pearl Mid-Heel Sandal
Available at | £350.00
2. Freya Rose Mother of Pearl Heels
Available at | £395.00
3. Topshop Blush Suede Court Shoes
Available at | £62.00
4. Nicholas Kirkwood Pearl Heel Sandals
Available at | £525.00
6. Tabitha Simmons Pink Embellished Satin Sandals
Available at | £595.00
10. Dune Brooch Flats
Available at | £99.00
11. Camilla Elphik Venus Metallic Heels
Available at | £450.00
12. Dune Blue Crystal Encrusted Heels
Available at | £99.00
13. Harriet Wilde Floral Applique Heel
Available at | £550.00
14. Lucy Choi London Silver Strappy Heels
Available at | £235
15. Carvela Kurt Geiger Stud Sandals
Available at | £89.99
16. Miu Miu Embellished Glitter Pumps
Available at | £555.00
17. Dune Embellished Ankle Strap Heels
Available at | £130.00