The Best Shoes for Brides and Bridesmaids

Don't forget about this important wedding day accessory.
by The Knot
photo by Abby Jiu

With so much importance placed on the wedding dress, it can be easy to forget the accessories you need to complete your look. One of the biggies? Your shoes. While some might say you should consider function over fashion, others will tell you they should be as fabulous as the rest of your look. Lucky for you, we’re here to help you find that happy middle ground.

For the Bride

While you’re shopping, keep in mind you’ll be on your feet for the majority of the wedding day, so you may want to invest in a pair of shoes that can take you from the ceremony to the reception with minimal discomfort. But if you have your heart set on impractical, but undeniably gorgeous, four-inch stilettos, another option is to have two pairs of shoes for the day. For instance, you can sport your heels for the ceremony, receiving line, pictures and arrival at the reception, and change into a flat (read: more comfortable) pair for the rest of the night. If you want to keep your heels on for the entire celebration, try insoles that can help alleviate any pressure off your feet.

Finally, and this may be obvious, find shoes that complement the style of your dress—this means you’ll want to take the fabric and color of your gown into consideration.

Once you’ve decided on a pair, take your shoes to each of your fittings to ensure your hem looks right—not too short and not too long.

For the Attendants

There are more questions than you might think when it comes to shoe options for the attendants. Should their shoes be the same style or just the same color? Should they have different heel heights so everyone appears around the same height when they’re standing at the altar? Or do you just let each bridesmaid pick the type and color of shoe that suits her taste and style best?

While ultimately, all of these questions are for you to decide, take into account possible budget concerns for each person.  

Break Them In

You (and your spouse-to-be) should stretch your shoes to insure they’ll be as comfortable as possible. If you’re taking dance lessons, don't be afraid to wear your wedding day shoes to really break them in. Scuff marks or other damages can easily be fixed prior to the wedding.


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