Where to Shop for Custom Wedding Shoes
Personalizing your wedding day look—whether it's through custom wedding shoes, adding embellishments to your wedding dress or incorporating your something borrowed through vintage jewelry—is just one of many opportunities to to make saying "I do" an even more memorable experience. Much like with wedding dresses, there is no shortage of ready-made options to choose from when shopping for your wedding shoes. But if personalized wedding shoes are something you're interested in, here's what to keep in mind—from how long the design process will take, to where to shop for a pair of custom bridal heels, flats or even special occasion high-tops.
What to Know About Custom Wedding Shoes
Nearlyweds who want to wear custom wedding shoes at the ceremony will need to plan ahead, because delivery times for made-to-order pieces can understandably be much longer than with ready-made items. If custom wedding shoes are the top of your wishlist, we recommend shopping at least six months out from your wedding date.
When it comes to bringing your unique vision to life, most retailers will provide you with a series of options to choose from online in order to customize your wedding shoes—shoe style, heel height, fabric, color, adornments and more. Before you place an order, you may also have the option to receive swatches in the mail so you can see fabrics, colors and embellishments in person, depending on the merchant. Looking for something super specific? Some vendors are also willing to work with you over email to accommodate more specialized custom wedding shoe designs.
The major pro of custom wedding shoes is, of course, that you have the ability to personalize almost every aspect of the shoes you'll wear on your most special day. While it's definitely possible to fall in love with a pair of shoes you find in a store or online, customizing can be helpful for brides or grooms who feel those options are limiting. Maybe you can't find a pair of flats that have enough bling for your wedding day, or you want high heels that are specially fitted to be as comfortable as possible for the entirety of your big day. Or perhaps you want one-of-a-kind shoes to go with a unique wedding theme, in which case a custom pair is almost a no-brainer.
Custom wedding shoes are, well, custom; meaning you can't expect them to ship overnight. You'll need to factor in extended wait times, because your shoes have to be made first, and some specialty materials and fabrics may make the process even longer. The extra craftsmanship going into the final product also means custom shoes are going to cost more. So if you're committed to going the personalized route, compare pricing ahead of time and make sure to account for the extra cost in your overall wedding budget. We suggest leaving some extra breathing room in your budget in case you do end up needing expedited shipping or want additional changes made to the finished product (if offered).
When designing online, there's always a chance that the color or material won't look exactly like it does on your screen when it arrives in person. If that's a concern, consider contacting the company before ordering to ask whether they carry samples in store or have the ability to send swatches in the mail. Finally, because these are bespoke items, be sure to read the fine print regarding order changes, cancellations, returns or exchanges.
Where to Buy Custom Wedding Shoes
Both high-end dress up brands like Jimmy Choo and well-known comfort classics like Converse offer made-to-order shoes. Not to mention, smaller Etsy shops dedicated to creating bespoke wedding shoes for brides, grooms, bridesmaids and other members of your wedding party. Point being, there are more places than you might think to shop for custom wedding shoes. Below, find seven editor-approved stores to help start your search on the right foot (pun intended).
Want to rock a pair of custom Nikes as you walk down the aisle? With Nike By You, you can. Customize men's, women's and unisex shoes in a variety of styles to create your own wedding shoes. Not only will they be totally one-of-a-kind, but your feet will thank you after hours of standing and dancing.
Cost: From $75
Shipping: Approximately two to five weeks—standard and expedited shipping times do not apply
Cost: From $795
Shipping: The estimated delivery time is 10 weeks, but expect orders using exotic materials to take an additional four to six weeks, due to transit and customs clearance
If you prefer to see and feel the material options before you order, the brand does offer a bridal swatch kit. For $18, they'll send you swatches of Margaux's bridal-exclusive fabrications and linings, as well as a lookbook featuring selected bridal styles.
Cost: From $228
Shipping: Ships in eight to 12 weeks
Ellie Wren Custom Wedding Shoes
Cost: From $285 plus shipping
Shipping: Custom-designed items generally ship within six to eight weeks of purchase
Cost: From $152
Shipping: Allow four to six weeks for standard delivery and two to three weeks for express delivery
Cost: Price upon request
Shipping: Made-to-order shoes are typically delivered in eight to 10 weeks, but during busy periods or with more complex selections, the lead time may be slightly longer
Cost: $75 for low-top shoes and $80 for high-top shoes
Shipping: Order 3 weeks in advance of your wedding date