Once you say yes to the dress, the shoes come next. There’s a lot that goes into a wedding look, from the gown (or suit) to the jewelry and shoes. And while your day-of shoes might be one of the last details you consider, they are one of the most important accessories to keep in mind. Much like your bridal jewelry, your wedding day shoes are an extension of your personality. And although you might not be able to see them under some wedding dress styles, you still want a pair that will carry you down the aisle in confidence and everlasting style. Designer wedding shoes are like jewelry for your soles—they’re an investment, but they’re also something you’ll treasure forever.
Designer wedding shoe shopping can be a bit overwhelming, as is everything wedding-related! In our experience as wedding photographers for more than twenty years, we’re here to offer some shopping and styling tips. So whether you prefer timeless wedding shoe styles or heels with a little more personality and flair, there is a designer shoe waiting to be slipped on.
Keep reading for our list of the best designer wedding shoes worth buying.
CASADEI Glittering Pumps
There is nothing more timeless than a pair of classic pumps. We love these sparkly Casadei wedding shoes because while they have that classic style, they also feel modern and unique with the glittering detailing. The 4-inch stiletto heel is a wedding shoe that looks gorgeous under a floor-length gown but also pairs beautifully with a shorter party dress, too. And the glitter adds a dazzling touch.
STUART WEITZMAN Golden Sandals
If sparkle isn’t your thing but still want a little something more, a golden wedding shoe can feel just as elegant. These strappy sandals from Stuart Weitzman are simple yet sophisticated, with a design that works with virtually any dress style. The best thing about these shoes is you’ll get tons of wear out of them after your wedding, considering their neutral hue and minimalistic design.
JIMMY CHOO Bejeweled Mules
There is something about a pointed-toe heel that feels sexy yet classy and is perfect for a wedding day look. These Jimmy Choos have that timeless almond toe design with chunky embellishments for a glamorous twist. The construction is high-quality—they are a shoe you will cherish forever, just like your love—and are ultra-comfortable, so you can get your groove on the dance floor all night long.
JIMMY CHOO Pearl Heels
There is no shortage of embellished wedding shoes, so we went on a journey to find a pair of heels with the right amount of elegance and unique touch. These pearl pumps from Jimmy Choo are our top pick because they feature a classic silhouette with a fun and modern twist in the embellishments. We love the mix of bigger and smaller pearls, the elegant ankle straps, and the big pearl detailing on the toe.
LOEFFLER RANDALL Pleated Bow Heels
In the 18 years since Loeffler Randall opened in New York City, it has perfected the art of making occasion shoes (particularly ones for gliding down a wedding aisle). They are adorable and perfect, and they are comfortable to wear all night long. It’s easy to see the appeal of these beauties: There’s a beautiful dichotomy between the delicate pleats and the strong silhouette. It’s whimsical but grounded, bold but subtle, romantic but tough, special but practical. These shoes are the epitome of romantic and feminine, and they were absolutely stunning for a garden wedding.
MANOLO BLAHNIK Wedding Pumps
Time and time again Manolo’s shoes are chosen to complete the ultimate wedding fairy tale. These wedding shoes are like a work of art. From the glittery material to the sparkling rhinestone encrusted embellishment worthy of Carrie Bradshaw, they are the perfect wedding day heels. Constructed from Italian leather, the pointed-toe flats mix texture with sparkle for a wedding day shoe that boasts classic elegance.
ALEXANDRE BIRMAN Bow Heels
Fit for a fairytale wedding, these elegant Alexandre Birman satin sandals are made even more glamorous with the addition of a sophisticated bow on the toe strap. Show off these veil-like shoes by pairing them with a shorter wedding dress or thigh-high slit.
The shoes you wear on your wedding day help tie your nuptial look together, whether you can see them under your dress or not. They’re also a great way to have some fun with your style and bring in touches of your personality through sparkle, feather, pearl, or rhinestone detailing. Since so many gowns feature a slit, showing off your heels will feel extra important when you’re posing for all the photos. Whether you want to wear sky-high stilettos or simple slides, there are plenty of cute and comfy options for your wedding day! We hope we inspired you by sharing our favorites!