The 18 Best Wedding Shoes for Brides Who (Understandably) Take Their Footwear Seriously

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Sofia Deeb
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  • Sofia writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide with a specialty in fashion and e-commerce.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Sofia was a writer for Santa Barbara Life and Style Magazine.
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Updated Sep 25, 2023
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Finding the best wedding shoes for your wedding day is a lot like finding the perfect partner. You'll likely want a pair that offers plenty of comfort and support. Of course, good looks are always a bonus. . . Who are we kidding—when it comes to shoes, what's on the outside might matter most to you, and that's totally okay! The good news is that, unlike the dating pool may feel, there are actually plenty of bridal footwear options out there that check off all the boxes.

As your expert source for all things wedding fashion (and shameless shoe shopaholic), I've rounded up the best wedding shoes for every style and budget—from stylish sandals, to sturdy block heels and everything in between. If you didn't believe in sole mates before, you will after you see these 18 picks.

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How to Choose the Best Shoes for Your Wedding

Consider the Venue

When you take location into account, it becomes quite clear that not all wedding shoes are created equally. A stylish stiletto, for instance, is a classic choice for most indoor ceremonies, but throw sand or grass into the mix and you've got yourself a wardrobe malfunction waiting to happen. To avoid a potential fashion faux pas, be sure to choose a wedding shoe that works with your venue. Pro tip: Some brands offer the same shoe in different heel widths, so you can have the style you love, in a model that works best for you.

Prioritize Comfort

Let's be real here. No matter how confident you are walking in heels, your wedding day may give you a run for your money. Not only will you be on your feet throughout much of the day, but you'll also have all eyes on you. Choosing a pair that you'll feel comfortable in is perhaps just as important as choosing a style you love. If you're planning on dancing the night away at the reception, you might consider having a comfy pair of shoes to change into after the ceremony (be sure to keep your dress length in mind if going this route). However, if you're looking for a pair you can keep on all day, block heels, platforms and wedges all offer a boost in height without sacrificing comfort.

Keep Dress Length in Mind

Is a mini dress moment in your future? Consider finishing your look with a pair of statement-making shoes. They'll be fully visible—let them have their time in the spotlight. Alternately, if you're planning to don a full length gown with a sweeping train, your shoes will be concealed throughout much of the day, so if you decide to prioritize comfort over style with a casual pair of kicks, no one will have to know. Be sure to bring your wedding shoes (or options) with you to your alterations appointment so that your seamstress can tailor your dress to show as much, or as little, of your shoes as you'd like.

Before you walk a mile in someone else's shoes, why not give one of these 18 stylish picks a try? From comfortable flats to sexy stilettos, we've got the looks to help you strut down the aisle in style.

Best Stiletto: Jimmy Choo Aveline 100

Let's be real here, you're a gift. So, why not get wrapped up in a bow for your big day? These silver stilettos are an ideal way to *tie* your wedding look together—and not just because they feature oversized horse hair bows. Their bold style is guaranteed to elevate any outfit, even after the wedding.

Size Range: 4 - 13 | Heel Height: 3.9 in.

Price at Time of Publish: $1,195

Best Block Heel: Loeffler Randall Camellia Pearl Pleated Bow Heel

Camellia Pearl Pleated Bow Heel from Loeffler Randall for the best wedding shoes
Photo: Loeffler Randall

We could go on and on about our love for these pleated bow heels, but we'll spare you and leave you with this: Their padded footbed and sturdy block heel makes them ideal for any terrain—that's right beach brides, even sand.

Size Range: 5 - 12 | Heel Height: 3.5 in.

Price at Time of Publish: $395

Best Pumps: Sarah Flint Wedding Perfect Pump 85

Wedding Perfect Pump 85 from Sarah Flint for the best bridal shoes
Photo: Sarah Flint

Sarah Flint's Perfect Pumps are beloved by brides all around the world, and for good reason. They're so comfortable that we may as well say 'you're welcome' in advance for putting you on to them. With a wider toe box, extra padding and arch support, they're the perfect pair to take you down the aisle, onto the dance floor and right along to the after party too.

Size Range: 4.5 - 11.5 | Heel Height: 3.3 in.

Price at Time of Publish: $550

Best Platforms: Loeffler Randall Selina Cream Closed-Toe Platform

Loeffler Randall Selina Cream Closed-Toe Platform for the best wedding shoes
Photo: Loeffler Randall

Don't sleep on these sleek and modern satin platforms—they're perfect for both pre-wedding events and the big day. Thanks to their classic, understated design, they're guaranteed to go with (quite literally) all of your bridal looks.

Size Range: 5 - 12 | Heel Height: 4.5 in.

Price at Time of Publish: $450

Best Wedges: Badgley Mischka Peggy Crystal Embellished Wedge

Peggy Crystal Embellished Wedge from Badgley Mischka for your wedding shoes
Photo: Badgley Mischka

Pop the bubbly—these champagne-colored wedges offer plenty of reason to celebrate. Not only are they oh-so glam, but their sturdy heel and secure ankle strap make them an ideal pick for dancing (and really, who needs a disco ball when you've got all those sparkly jewels?).

Size Range: 5 - 11 | Heel Height: 3 in.

Price at Time of Publish: $109

Best Espadrilles: Reformation Camilla Lace Up Wedge Espadrille

Reformation Camilla Lace Up Wedge Espadrille for the best bridal shoes
Photo: Reformation

Beach brides, some truth talk: Heels are a major no-go for your venue. Get your head out of the sand and your feet into these elegant espadrilles, no looking back. Because they strike the perfect balance between dressy and casual, they'll seamlessly take you from the big day to that tropical honeymoon you can't wait to be on.

Size Range: 5 - 11 | Heel Height: 2.9 in.

Price at Time of Publish: $248

Best Sandals: Bella Belle Hera Sandals

Hera Sandals from Bella Belle for your beach wedding attire
Photo: Bella Belle

Whether you're planning a seaside ceremony or simply want to avoid a potential fiasco walking down the aisle in heels (we feel you there), sandals are the way to go. Gorgeous pearl and jewel embellishments give this pair an ultra-luxe look we love.

Size Range: 6 - 11 | Heel Height: Flat

Price at Time of Publish: $195

Best Flats: Dolce Vita Roxana Pearl Ballet Flats

Roxana Pearl Ballet Flats from Dolce Vita for your wedding day
Photo: Dolce Vita

Whoever said 'beauty is pain' clearly never tried on these comfy bridal ballet flats. You'll be thankful for their cushioned sole when it's time to bust a move on the dance floor. Plus, their pearl-adorned straps make them a trendy option for 2024 brides.

Size Range: 5 - 13 | Heel Height: Flat

Price at Time of Publish: $120

Best Kitten Heels: Nina Corrine Pumps

Nina Corrine Pumps for the best wedding kitten heels
Photo: Nina

This pair of kitten heels is (dare we say it) purr-fect. Just like a good pun, we simply can't resist a classic peep-toed shoe with a bit of glam. With a price tag under $100, you just might want to snag a pair in each vibrant color option before they're gone.

Size Range: 5 - 11 | Heel Height: 2.7 in.

Price at Time of Publish: $99

Best Mule: Reformation Wilda Kitten Mule

Wilda Kitten Mule from Reformation for the best wedding shoes
Photo: Reformation

These mules offer all the style and sass of a classic pair of pumps, with a much more manageable heel height, at just under 2 inches. We call that a win-win. Pair them with your wedding gown or even with jeans for nights out after the big day.

Size Range: 5 - 11 | Heel Height: 1.9 in.

Price at Time of Publish: $278

Best Slingbacks: Bella Belle Reagan Heel Slingbacks

Bella Belle Reagan Heel Slingbacks fit for a queen on your wedding day
Photo: Bella Belle

Let's go back in time, shall we? These slingback kitten heels offer a subtle vintage touch that you're sure to love—and that's saying nothing of the comfort they offer or these chic satin bows.

Size Range: 5 - 11 | Heel Height: 2 in.

Price at Time of Publish: $345

Best Loafers: Isabel Bernard Vendôme Margaux White Patent Leather Loafers

Vendôme Margaux White Patent Leather Loafers from Isabel Bernard
Photo: Isabel Bernard

If you're looking for a timeless loafer to pair with your wedding look you can't go wrong with these gold buckled beauties. Pair them with a sleek bridal pantsuit for a courthouse wedding or civil ceremony.

Size Range: 36 - 41 | Heel Height: Flat

Price at Time of Publish: $214

Best for Comfort: Reformation Maize Platform Sandal

Maize Platform Sandal from Reformation for your boho wedding attire
Photo: Reformation

These platform sandals will take your wedding day look to new heights (no…literally). With a comfortable cushioned sole and platform heel, they're an ideal option for a long day on your feet. You can thank us later.

Size Range: 5 - 11 | Heel Height: 2.9 in.

Price at Time of Publish: $278

Best Trendy Option: Dolce Vita Noel Heels

Dolce Vita Noel Heels for trendy wedding shoes
Photo: Dolce Vita

The world truly is your oyster when you've got stunning pearl-adorned heels to take on the day in. And yes—we really mean the whole day. Their sturdy block heel offers just the right amount of support for all the day brings.

Size Range: 5 - 13 | Heel Height: 3.4 in.

Price at Time of Publish: $135

Best "Something Blue": Manolo Blahnik Hangisi Blue Satin Jewel Buckle Pumps

Hangisi Blue Satin Jewel Buckle Pumps by Manolo Blahnik for your wedding shoes
Photo: Manolo Blahnik

And just like that, you've found yourself the perfect 'something blue'. Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw with this classic pair of pumps. Their bright blue hue is a serious style statement with lasting power.

Size Range: 33 - 43 | Heel Height: 4.1 in.

Price at Time of Publish: $1,195

Best Sneakers: Betsey Johnson Sidny Ivory

Betsey Johnson Sidny Ivory for comfortable wedding shoes
Photo: Betsey Johnson

These shoes were made for walking…down the aisle that is. If you're looking for all-day comfort, look no further than the Sidny sneakers. With pearl embellishments throughout, they offer all the glam of a pair of stilettos without any of the pain.

Size Range: 6 - 12 | Heel Height: 1.5 in. Platform

Price at Time of Publish: $89

Best Budget: Lulus Mylanie White Rhinestone Ankle Strap Heels

Mylanie White Rhinestone Ankle Strap Heels from Lulus for your wedding day
Photo: Lulus

Brides on a budget, listen up: These are the shoes for you. Crystal-embellished ankle straps give the stilettos a look of luxury. No one will believe that you actually paid under $50 for them. Don't worry, it will be our little secret.

Size Range: 5 - 11 | Heel Height: 5.25 in.

Price at Time of Publish: $41

Best Splurge: Jimmy Choo Sacaria/PF 120

Sacaria/PF 120 by Jimmy Choo for the best wedding shoes
Photo: Jimmy Choo

Your wedding day is enough reason in itself to treat yourself to a new pair of shoes, but in case you were looking for one more, you're guaranteed to treasure these pearl-embellished platforms forever. Plus, they're sure to earn plenty of compliments, and you really can't put a price tag on that, right?

Size Range: 4 - 13 | Heel Height: 4.7 in.

Price at Time of Publish: $2,050

Where to Buy Wedding Shoes Fit for a Bride

There are a few different routes you can take when deciding where to shop for wedding shoes. You can go straight to a brand that specializes in wedding styles (ex. Bella Belle), or you can visit a larger retailer that sells wedding shoes from different shoemakers (ex. Nordst rom). Check out some of our favorite places to shop for affordable and luxurious bridal shoes.

Bella Belle

Bella Belle carries the most romantic bridal shoes in so many silhouettes and styles, including block, stiletto and kitten heels, as well as flats. And for brides who care most about comfort, their shoes are crafted with heavy padding designed for all-day wear. You can still get the style you want without sacrificing comfort.

Nordstrom

Nordstrom is another great place to buy wedding shoes. Why? They carry bridal shoe styles from on trend brands—and often offer free shipping and returns (depending on where you live). With Nordstrom's flexible shipping policy, soon-to-wed brides can order several pairs of shoes and try them on from the comfort of their own homes, before sending back the pairs that didn't make the cut.

Margaux

This modern shoe brand's bridal atelier lets you fully customize a pair of wedding shoes to your unique measurements. The made-to-order pieces are then handmade and delivered within 8-12 weeks. Or, you can order one of the ready-to-wear styles that are specifically curated for brides.

Lulus

If you're a bride on a budget, Lulus is an excellent place to shop for stylish and whimsical wedding shoes. They have every style of shoe—from block heels with a plain satin finish to crystal-encrusted wedges—all offered at a great price. Shoes range from $28 to $190.

Jimmy Choo

For designer bridal shoes, Jimmy Choo has a luxurious collection of heels, wedges and flats for your upscale affair. While on the pricier side, you're guaranteed to receive a high-quality pair that can turn into a keepsake after your wedding.

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