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36 Bridal Shoe Ideas for Every Type of Bride

Oct 15, 2020
By Wedding Spot

So you’ve found the perfect wedding dress and now you’re looking for the perfect pair of shoes to accent your stunning gown. With so many options, it might feel overwhelming to begin your search for the ideal pair. Not only that, but maybe you’re also feeling unsure of what style and color pairs best with your dress. What about comfort? You are, after all, going to be on your feet dancing the night away, and the last thing you need are blisters or sore feet. Do you want one pair for the ceremony and a different pair for the reception? And what about your groom’s attire? Do you want to coordinate? No matter what your wedding-day style or preferences are, we’ve got your covered with 36 bridal shoe ideas you have to see — each with a shoppable link.

Explore 36 of our favorite bridal shoe ideas:

Affordable bridal shoe ideas

The key when getting affordable wedding shoes is making sure they fit correctly and are constructed well. If you go too low on price, you’re sacrificing comfort. Here are some options to keep you on budget.

1. Classic pumps

Whether you want white, gold, beige, or a pop of color, pumps are perfect for your wedding day bliss.

2. Retro rose gold block heels

These rose gold ankle tie block heeled shoes are the perfect combination of retro and modern to really take your bridal attire to the next level. 

3. Block heel slide sandals

Complete with cylindrical heels and thin straps, these slide sandals are not only chic, but also affordable. 

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4. Jeweled ankle strap sandals

The combination of suede and rhinestones on this classic sandal silhouette will bring a pop of glamour to your already gorgeous down. 

5. Removable tulle accent bow

The best part about these is the removable tulle bow accent adorning the back. If you're looking for a surprise statement, these are the shoes for you. 

6. Rhinestone embellished block heels

Pointed toe? Check. Rhinestone embellished? Check. Chunky block heel? Check. This shoe will steal the show in the absolute best way. 

7. Platform pumps

These super-high stilettos are paired with a gold platform that makes them both elegant and modern.

8. Quilted mules

For a less traditional but still affordable look, check out these quilted mules. The addition of a padded heel makes these shoes perfect for dancing the night away. 

9. Jewel-encrusted sandals

These jewel-encrusted sandals come in both silver and gold, making them wearable with any bridal attire. The low-block heel is also super comfortable, which is important because you'll be having the night of your life on your feet. 

Non-traditional bridal shoe ideas

If you're looking for a more unique pair of shoes for your big day, look no further. From sculptural stone heels to custom Nikes to cowboy boots and everything in between, we've got the perfect list for the non-traditional bride. 

10. Add an embellishment

Add some pizzazz with these anklets. They can be worn with any shoe of your choice, but we think they look incredible with a strappy sandal. Did we mention they're available in gold or silver? 

11. Ankle strap with a bow

These come in a range of colors like gold, white, silver, and even super-cool prints. The pleated knot is everything. Please get these shoes so we can see photos of the showstoppers in action. 

12. Vegan cowboy booties

We are obsessed with unexpected bridal attire, and these cowboy booties are exactly that. Whether you're planning a rustic wedding or not, these boots are both stylish and comfortable, making them the perfect shoe for the non-traditional bride. 

13. Minimalist with a twist

These square-toed sandals are perfect for the minimalist bride. With twisted straps, the architecture of the shoe is simply stunning 

14. Sculptural stocking stone heels

If you're looking for drama, these are the shoes for you. This sandal has two clear straps and a sculptural stacking stone heel that will leave guests in awe.

15. Custom Nikes

For the bride who wants to be comfortable and cool, consider customized Nike sneakers. We love them in blue to complete the “something blue” of your wedding day tradition.

16. Sparkly mules

These metallic embellished stiletto mules feature crystal straps for a super cool and super elegant bridal look. 

17. Pop of color mid heels

These forest green velvet heels have the elegant charm of vintage with the appeal of modern footwear design. The combination of the ankle strap with a soft pointed toe makes this perfect for a retro bride.

18. Fringe platforms

Fringe ankle strap and a high platform. Need we say more? 

Luxury bridal shoe ideas

You only get married once, so if you can, why not splurge on your favorite pair of shoes for your wedding day?! With brands such as Manolo Blahnik, Miu Miu, Christian Louboutin, and Jimmy Choo, your bridal attire is sure to be elevated a few notches with knockout kicks.

19. White lace pumps

If you're looking for an elegant pump, this combination of white lace and mesh with a pointed toe is perfect for you. 

20. Satin heels with all-over pearls

Pearls are one of our favorite wedding accessories, especially when used in shoes. If you're looking to splurge, these vintage-inspired white satin sandals with all-over pearls are an incredible option.

21. Clear rhinestone pumps

Rhinestone-embellished vinyl kitten-heeled pumps are super cool and super chic. Bonus: you will definitely wear these even after the wedding is over. 

22. Sculptural leather mules

Inspired by ‘90s minimalism, these leather mules are a fabulous modern upgrade. What's more, they’re super comfortable. Your feet will not only look chic, but also feel great — even after hours of dancing. 

23. Embellished block heel Mary Janes

Mary Janes may not be the first style of shoe that comes to mind when planning your bridal attire, but let us assure you these aren't just any Mary Jane pumps. With an embellished block heel complete with round crystals, these show-stopping pumps will make for the most stunning wedding shoes.

24. Classic satin pumps

If you're looking for a classic and elegant bridal shoe idea, this is it.

25. Crystal buckle satin pumps

There's only one word to define this shoe: stunning. These satin pumps have a pointed toe and a crystal buckle that make for the perfect bridal shoe. Not to mention they come in white, champagne, beige, blue, and grey.

26. Pearl t-strap pumps

The t-strap of these pumps is made of pearls and crystals. These beauties also have a silk tie at the back for added detail.

27. Crystal-studded vinyl and patent leather

The combination of crystal-studded vinyl and patent leather and high stiletto makes for the most incredible wedding shoe. We are drooling.

Comfortable bridal shoe ideas

From standing during the ceremony to dancing the night away, you're bound to be on your feet most of your wedding day and night. So make sure you're comfortable and chic with these beautiful bridal shoe ideas. Pro tip: these shoes also make a wonderful second footwear option to change into once the reception dance party begins. 

28. Boho suede boots

If you're a boho bride, you have to rock these suede boots at your wedding. And trust us, you will definitely wear these again. 

29. Sling-back pumps

Affordable and comfortable, the padding system in these sling-back pumps features memory foam and a cushioned insole so you can party the night away without foot pain.

30. Pearl strap flats

These slip-on mules are topped with lace and a pearl strap to create an elegant silhouette. They’re also a great option for a second shoe if you decide you want to change out of your first look into something more comfortable for dancing.

31. T-strap kitten heels

Wow. We're obsessed. The thick t-bar, the toe ring, the kitten heel. It's simple, but super chic. 

32. Low block heels

If you want to be comfortable but still have a little bit of height, these low block heel sandals are for you. 

33. Leather flat sandals with jewel-encrusted buckles

If you're a laid-back and fun bride, you’re going to want to wear these at some point during your wedding weekend. 

34. Peep-toe wedge sandals

Wedges are perfect for weddings because they give you the height of a heel but are still incredibly comfortable. These wedge peep-toe sandals are the best of both worlds.

35. Gold-accented sneakers

For the bride who wants to wear sneakers, these are the perfect pair. They have a platform midsole to add height with a gold pop of color on the heel, which makes them perfect wedding shoes. 

36. PVC strap wedges

These wedges have PVC straps and a faux wooden heel that makes for an incredible show. They’re perfect for an outdoor wedding, and they’re another pair that you’ll definitely want to wear again.

We hope these bridal shoe ideas provide some inspiration for your big day!

No matter what type of wedding you’re having, we hope we can help you every step of the way. Now that you have some guidance on bridal shoes, take a look at these beautiful bridal hairstyles to steal the show even further.

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