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It seems like everyone knows a bride-to-be who had to postpone their wedding (at least once!) due to Covid-19. Thus, it’s no surprise that 2.5 million weddings are expected to take place in 2022. Now that the world is opening up again, there’s a lot to look forward to when shopping for your wedding shoes this year. There’s one thing that has remained steadfast since before the pandemic. “I think when it comes to wedding shoes, the biggest thing is comfort,” says Anny Choi, head stylist of bridal destination Over The Moon. There are several brands that focus on both style and comfort so that you can focus on dancing till dawn. Anny Choi recommends styles from Alexandre Birman, Loeffler Randall, Margaux and Stuart Weitzman. “These are my go-to brands for chic block heel options that will take you down the aisle to the reception and through the after party,” she says.
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According to Choi, personalization has also become a huge part of wedding wardrobes. “Brides want something unique and tailored to them. Malone Souliers just launched a made-to-order service for brides looking for something a bit more special. Or, it could be about a simpler customization like adding your wedding date and your new initials to the sole of your wedding shoe, which you can do with Margaux.”
The bridal market has grown exponentially over the last couple years. “There used to be such limited footwear options and ideas as to what a wedding shoe should look like,” Choi says. “In the last five years, during the Instagram wedding boom, almost every major shoe brand will have a classic white shoe each season. The main contenders like Christian Louboutin, Jimmy Choo, Manolo Blahnik, Alexandre Birman and Aquazzura all have a year-round bridal edit that brides can shop from.”
Top Wedding Shoes
Best Wedge Wedding Shoes: Amina Muaddi Ane Glass Wedge Pumps
Best Multicolor Bridal Wedges: Missoni Signature Zig-Zag Wedges
Best Classic Bridal Platforms: Saint Laurent Bianca Platform Sandals
Best Silver Wedding Platforms: Gianvito Rossi Poppy Platform Sandals
Best Sating Wedding Pumps: Christian Louboutin Goya Ruban 80 Pleated Tulle Pumps
Best Lace Slingback Bridal Pumps: Malone Souliers Marion Pumps
Best Crystal-Embellished Bridal Pumps: Mach & Mach Double Bow Crystal-Embellished Silk-Satin Point-Toe Pumps
Best Kitten Heel Wedding Pumps: Neous Irena Lace-Trimmed Crepe de Chine Slingback Pumps
Best Bridal Slides: Altuzarra Knot Mules
Best Metallic Bridal Flats: Aquazzura Ayda Flats
Best Bridal Mary Jane Flats: Le Monde Beryl Satin Mary Jane Ballet Flats
Most Comfortable Bridal Flats: Schumacher x Margaux Pointe Cassis Ballet Flats
Best Bridal Loafers: Roger Vivier Viv Rangers Patent Leather Loafers
Best Kitten Heel Bridal Mules: Manolo Blahnik Maysale Crystal Buckle Pointed Toe Mules
Best Logoed Bridal Mules: Prada Logo Pointed Toe Mules
Best Lace Bridal Mules: Jimmy Choo Avri Pointed-Toe Mules
Best Embellished Heeled Bridal Sandals: Aquazzura Galactic Flower Sandals 95
Most Comfortable Bridal Sandals: Inez Sasha Crinkled Leather Sandals
Best Classic Block Heel Wedding Shoes: Sarah Flint Wedding Perfect Block Sandals 60
Best “Something Blue” Block Heel Wedding Shoes: Margaux City Sandals
Best Wedding Shoes With a Low Heel: Erijunor Bow Mary Jane Block Heels
How to choose the best bridal shoes for your wedding
Consider using them to add color to your look: If you’re looking to make a subtle pop with your wedding shoes, make sure to look at the motifs, lines and textures within your wedding dress as a starting point of inspiration. “If a bride is opting for a wedding dress with some soft pastels or colorful flower motifs, they might find a way to incorporate a more colorful shoe,” Choi says. “I think exploring with color in general has been a big trend this year.”
The right pair should be stylish and comfortable: Whether they’ll be peaking out from underneath your dress or hidden by your ceremony gown, your bridal shoes should also make you happy and have that je na sais quoi. “We’ve seen a lot of variation in dress-up shoes this season — including bedazzled crystal and glitter options and plexi heels — now that everyone is in celebration mode,” explains Tiffany Hsu, vice president of womenswear and kidswear fashion buying at MyTheresa. “Satin is an evergreen for wedding shoes as well, but this season on the back of the Y2K trend, we’re seeing lots of platform versions, too.” Look to Versace’s Medusa Aevita platforms that Nicola Peltz Beckham wore with a custom Valentino gown to walk down the aisle this week. “Platforms are always great, as they give you both height and comfort,” she adds, mentioning that a simple white Saint Laurent platform is a foolproof option.
If you want something extra special that still offers support, try an arty Amina Muaddi heel or playful style from Aquazzura in a lower heel height, she suggests. “Brides love that the Amina Muaddi shoes are not a full on stiletto but have a bigger surface heel to keep them steady,” says Choi. She’s also a fan of the brand Nalebe, which she notes “offers a similar vibe.”
When it comes to your wedding shoes, Choi always tells her brides to bring two to three options with them to the initial dress fitting. This is because something that might look and feel great while standing still may not be that mobile under a full ball gown, for one. “You want to make sure you can at least get through your first dance in the pair you pick,” Choi warns.
Choose options that are versatile: When shopping for the best bridal shoes, also consider styles you can wear after your wedding day, too. “At MyTheresa, we tend to buy shoes that are bridal-friendly, rather than buying into ‘real’ bridal shoes, as bridal shoes can get a bit traditional and we want to make sure we still bring a fun, fashionable element into the category,” Hsu says. We often work with brands to develop shoes that are bridal-friendly in different heights, materials and colors, even if the style wasn’t made to be a bridal shoe at the start.”
Versatile doesn’t have to mean laidback, though, Choi suggests. “Women are investing in multiple pairs of shoes for the wedding weekend versus one pair to go with everything,” Choi says. “During Covid, when there were a lot of micro ceremonies and backyard weddings, I did see brides leaning towards more casual pairs that they might wear again well after the nuptials, but with the wedding season fully back in swing, I’d say we are back to the classics,” Choi says.
According to Choi, brides continue to reach for some staples season after season, including the Chaos sandals in white satin and iconic Carolyne slingback pumps from Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo’s pearl-adorned sandals. “Of course, there are new variations each season, like Danielle Frankel’s version of the Carolyne which is a slight ivory hue and a modern take on bridal white to match some of their dresses,” Choi notes.
For those brides that want to try the trendiest wedding shoes of 2022, go for statement pairs like Jimmy Choo’s beloved pearl Saracria platforms, Mach & Mach’s Instagram-famous crystal bow heels, Amina Muaddi’s plexi heels (all variations) and Rene Caovilla’s crystal heeled sandals with spiral leg wraps.
Also consider trendy, seasonal styles if you’ll wear a separate pair to the after-party. “The after-party shoe you’ll definitely see more of, as brides are likely to change into a shorter dress for this occasion,” Choi says. “It’s also a fun way to add a little sparkle to your wedding wardrobe. In 2022, brides have been loving Miu Miu’s pearl and crystal-embellished pumps featuring a lower kitten heels that’s great for dancing, so they don’t have to go the full sneaker route.”
Ahead, shop the 22 best wedding shoes that offer both comfort and style for every type of ceremony.
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Best Wedge Wedding Shoes
Amina Muaddi Ane Glass Wedge Pumps
Best Clear Bridal Wedges
Sizes: 5-12, including half sizes
Colors/Finishes: silver and PVC
Designer Amina Muaddi brings the fairytale glass slipper to the modern world with these elegant clear pumps. Made from clear PVC and crafted to a razor-sharp pointed toe silhouette, these ensure that the feelings of childhood nostalgia will last long after your wedding day. Complete with a leather sole and insole for added comfort, these are perfect for traditional brides looking to wear their wedding shoes well into their next chapter as a Mrs.
Missoni Signature Zig-Zag Wedges
Best Multicolor Bridal Wedges
Colors/Finishes: white leather and braided rafia
Family-run fashion house Missoni, famous for its knitwear made from a variety of fabrics in a kaleidoscope of colors, has something perfect for the Bohemian bride. Whether you’re enjoying a seaside reception or heading to an after party that’s a beach bonfire, these have a braided raffia wedge and adjustable ankle ties for comfort and security throughout the night. Want extra bang for your buck? Bring these with you on your honeymoon.
Best Platform Wedding Shoes
Saint Laurent Bianca Platform Sandals
Best Classic Bridal Platforms
Colors/Finishes: White Pearl Nappa leather
Saint Laurent has created the perfect ’80s-inspired platform sandal made from smooth Nappa leather with a knotted detail atop the arch of the foot. These come with a buckle fastening ankle strap that will hold your feet in place so you can shimmy all day through the evening. These beauties have a platform just shy of five inches tall and are also perfect for the post- wedding brunch.
Gianvito Rossi Poppy Platform Sandals
Best Silver Wedding Platforms
Colors/Finishes: Smooth Silver Nappa leather
Paying tribute to the disco era, these sleek platforms from Gianvito Rossi are the ultimate in comfort and style. Complete with double toe straps to secure your foot and a stacked chunky platform heel, they’re ideal for dancing the night away. They fit true to size and are crafted of the most exquisite supple leather.
Best Bridal Pumps
Christian Louboutin Goya Ruban 80 Pleated Tulle Pumps
Best Sating Wedding Pumps
Colors/Finishes: blush and black; chiffon, satin and beige tulle
Christian Louboutin’s Goya Ruban pumps are worthy of a glamorous wedding or any elegant event, for that matter. Inspired by the sophistication of Spain’s annual film awards, the Goyas are designed with an elegant pointed-toe silhouette and three-inch heel. They combine elegant chiffon, satin and beige hand-pleated tulle and feature long satin ties that wrap several times around your ankle to finish off your lady-like wedding look.
Malone Souliers Marion Pumps
Best Lace Slingback Bridal Pumps
Sustainable, zero-waste approach
Colors/Finishes: white lace, black with gold leather, white with gold leather and nude leather
Malone Souliers is known for making shoes that challenge tradition, with the Marion pumps being no exception. Like the rest of the brand’s offerings, these sculptural slingbacks are made with a zero-waste approach and are handmade in Italy with fine leathers. Complete with a 3.3-inch heel, they’re the perfect addition to any wedding look.
Mach & Mach Double Bow Crystal-Embellished Silk-Satin Point-Toe Pumps
Best Crystal-Embellished Bridal Pumps
Colors/Finishes: white, pink, black, turquoise and fuchsia; also available in satin.
Mach & Mach has a way of creating shoes that are dreamy beyond words. These four-inch heeled beauties will elevate every look and are extremely photogenic. They’re made from silk-satin and adorned with signature crystal bows that make them extremely identifiable, especially from across the dance floor. “If I had to call out a specific trend for 2022, it would be the Mach & Mach embellished heels,” Choi says.
Neous Irena Lace-Trimmed Crepe de Chine Slingback Pumps
Best Kitten Heel Wedding Pumps
Sizes: 5-11, including half sizes
Colors/Finishes: white, crepe de chine
There’s a reason Neous’ spin on the kitten heel is as sleek and modern as one might expect from the timeless brand. Made in Italy from leather-backed crepe de chine and trimmed with an elegant, scalloped lace, these are perfect to wear on your wedding day with a long gown or tailored suit.
Altuzarra Knot Mules
Best Bridal Slides
Colors/Finishes: white leather and bordeaux satin
Altuzarra’s elegant double-knot slides are great for those looking for something without a heel. Their narrow square toe helps gives the illusion of elongating the leg without any extra height from a heel. The stunning Enoki-white colorway will pair beautifully with a flowy long gown, pantsuit or a shorter knee length skirt-suit. These mules are timeless and worth investing in.
Aquazzura Ayda Flats
Best Metallic Bridal Flats
These metallic snake-printed ballet flats by Aquazzura are great for nontraditional brides seeking something classic with a daring twist. Produced in a shimmery silver finish with cutouts, the style shows pops of skin. It also has a subtle square toe and high-shine, barely-there heel for that extra ounce of sparkle.
Le Monde Beryl Satin Mary Jane Ballet Flats
Best Bridal Mary Jane Flats
Sizes: 5.5-11.5, including half sizes
Colors/Finishes: lime green, blue, red, yellow, and ivory silk-satin
Crafted from the brand’s signature silk-satin and leather, Le Monde Beryl Mary Jane ballet flats conjure a timeless sense of elegance. Handmade by Venetian artisans, these come with a leather sole, lining and insole and a buckled strap for a secure fit. These are fitting for all indoor and outdoor weddings and mold to your feet for lasting comfort.
Schumacher x Margaux Pointe Cassis Ballet Flats
Most Comfortable Bridal Flats
Sizes: 3-14, including half sizes
Width: Comes in narrow to wide-width options
Colors/Finishes: lime-green, blue, red, yellow, and ivory silk-satin
Margaux combines the perfect marriage of comfort and style with its shoes that can literally be worn everywhere. The label’s ethos revolves around inclusivity, with extended sizes and three widths offered for every silhouette. Some of the best wedding shoes for wide feet, the Schumacher x Margaux Pointe Cassis collaboration is sleek and has a slightly tapered toe to elongate the foot without pinching any toes. Handmade in Spain, these also include five millimeters of foam for a bit extra cushion.
Roger Vivier Viv Rangers Patent Leather Loafers
Best Bridal Loafers
Sizes: 4-12, including half sizes
Colors/Finishes: white patent leather, crystal brass buckle trim
These Roger Vivier loafers create a balance between feminine and masculine flair. Perfect for brides looking for something not traditional, these are handmade in Italy from white patent leather and topped with the fashion house’s signature grosgrain-backed rhinestone buckle. They also have an elevated rubber sole to help prepare you for any elements on your wedding day. These will look fabulous paired with a flowy gown or pantsuit.
Best Heeled Bridal Mules
Manolo Blahnik Maysale Crystal Buckle Pointed Toe Mules
Best Kitten Heel Bridal Mules
Sizes: 5.5-11, including half sizes
Colors/Finishes: cream satin, crystal buckle trim
These iconic kitten-heeled mules from Manolo Blahnik originally made their runway debut in the ’90s, but their creamy silk colorway and crystal buckle embellishment make them timeless. Complete with a petite two-inch heel and pointed toe, these will transform your wedding look ten-fold. They’re great for a black tie wedding as well as a casual wedding, no matter the season.
Prada Logo Pointed Toe Mules
Best Logoed Bridal Mules
Sizes: 5.5-11, including half sizes
Colors/Finishes: mint green Saffiano leather
Prada’s mint green logo mules offer the pop of color every bride should consider. They’re a testament to Prada’s constant innovation as well as its high-quality craftsmanship and style. Elegant and fashion-forward, these have a two-inch heel and bold, loafer-inspired accent, making them a match for brides looking to finish off a flowy ankle-length dress. These run slightly small, so we recommend ordering a half size up.
Jimmy Choo Avri Pointed-Toe Mules
Best Lace Bridal Mules
Sizes: 4-13, including half sizes
Colors/Finishes: silvery leather trim and sheer tule
Jimmy Choo’s elegant Avri heels are a quintessential mix of elegance and fabulousness. Adorned with a 3.5-inch heel, these shoes are crafted in Italy and come with a fabric top and leather lining and insole that form to your feet seamlessly. These will look incredible with your bridal ballgown.
Best Heeled Bridal Sandals
Aquazzura Galactic Flower Sandals 95
Best Embellished Heeled Bridal Sandals
Sizes: 5-11.5, including half sizes
Colors/Finishes: silvery cool mint, rose metallic, and white leather
Aquazzura’s crystal-embellished Galactic flower sandals are perfect for a city wedding. Featuring layered crystal flowers and a 3.75-inch heel, these will look great on your wedding day with tailored suiting or a floor length gown.
Inez Sasha Crinkled Leather Sandals
Most Comfortable Bridal Sandals
Sizes: 6-10.5, including half sizes
Width: Comes in narrow to wide-width options
Colors/Finishes: camel suede, silver crinkled metallic leather, black embossed lizard print leather
Inez’s silver crinkled metallic leather sandals have parallel straps to secure the foot while providing a barely-there look. The elongated block heel is 3.5 inches tall and crafted from luxe Spanish leather complete. For ultimate comfort, these also boast a plush, custom-designed insole that provides arch support and adjustable buckle closure. The leather sole has a rubber insert for grip so you can shake and shimmy on the dance floor all night.
Best Block Heel Wedding Shoes
Sarah Flint Wedding Perfect Block Sandals 60
Best Classic Block Heel Wedding Shoes
Sizes: 4-13, including half sizes
Colors/Finishes: white water-resistant satin
“I recommend a block heel for walking down the aisle,” Choi says. “Everyone’s eyes are on you, and you want to be able to really strut down that aisle!” Sarah Flint’s Perfect block heel is a great choice and certainly lives up to its name. Handcrafted in Italy’s Amalfi Coast with a water-resistant satin upper and scalloped lace trim, this shoe offers great comfort and style — making it perfect for the ceremony and every event during the bride’s busy wedding weekend.
Margaux City Sandals
Best “Something Blue” Block Heel Wedding Shoes
Sizes: 3-15, including half sizes
Width: Comes in narrow to wide width options
Colors/Finishes: powder blue satin
Margaux’s City sandals in Powder Satin are the must-have “something blue” for every bride. These have a 2.5-inch heel and 5 millimeters of plush foam padding to cradle the foot. Handmade in Spain, these are also customizable and can be crafted to include your initials or wedding date. Brides love these for their incredible comfort and chic look that can complement any wedding attire.
Erijunor Bow Mary Jane Block Heels
Best Wedding Shoes With a Low Heel
Colors/Finishes: navy, champagne, plum, silver, teal and fushia satin
Elegant yet unexpected, Erijunor’s navy Mary Jane block heels are a stellar pair of non-traditional wedding shoes and a steal at just under $50. They have a structured bow that will look great with tailored suiting or any length gown and a sturdy 1.5-inch block heel that will give support on uneven surfaces. These are also great for any event after the big day, so we recommend investing in all colorways. “I give these five our five stars,” says one of Choi’s clients who purchased the navy colorway. “Simple, elegant and the most comfortable dress shoe I have ever worn!”
The different types of wedding shoes
Sandals: Sandals are a style that you can really have a lot of fun with on your wedding day. They come in many colors (think shades of white, ivory, nude, silver and more) and textures. If you have a shorter dress, play with embellishments, and if your wedding is outdoors, always opt for a thicker heel to ground your feet on the uneven pavement. If your wedding is indoors or on hard flooring and you’re feeling adventurous, try a skinner heel.
Mules: Mules are an easy option for weddings taking place in all seasons, especially those warmer months. They come in flat or heeled styles and give an elegant spin to any dresses of any length. They also look incredible with tailored suiting. “There are some women who are self-conscious about their ankles so will prefer mules over something with ankle straps, Choi says. “These will never cut off your ankle in odd places, elongating the leg by default, which is a huge advantage.”
Block Heels: These are the best outdoor and beach wedding shoes, as they won’t sink into the ground. “I’ve been getting a lot of requests for block heels for all of the outdoor weddings where brides have to walk on grass, sand or dirt,” Choi says. “Loeffler Randall makes great wedding shoes, price-point wise and also comfort-wise. I love the brand’s new Reed heel sans the signature bow, which feels super elevated to me. Margaux also has some great season-less options. The Uptown sandal is the perfect height and super comfortable.” You don’t want to be the bride with her stiletto heels digging into the dirt. Those heel protectors also look so obvious!
Flats: These are great for brides who don’t want to go the classic heel route. Flats are ideal for every wedding location and come in an array of colors and materials including lace, satin, velvet and embellished finishes. It’s important to look for styles with soft material that molds to your foot for maximum comfort.
Wedges: When thinking about weddings on the grass this season, “I love the idea of playing with color or a subtle floral print here to lean into the setting or doing a minimal raffia wedge like Raye’s Bikini wedge, which you’ll be able to wear well beyond the wedding weekend,” Choi says. “Opt for something a bit more casual like Kate Brien did with her Celine espadrilles. I also love these Rene Caovilla’s Diana sandals for that goddess-like effect.”
Pumps: The traditional bride will often lean towards this style, which comes in classic colors such as metallics, pastels and classic black and white. These are perfect for a city wedding. “You can really have a major shoe moment with pumps by pulling out a Mach Mach style, Manolo Blahnik’s Hangisis or pearl-adorned Jimmy Choo’s to make a statement,” Choi says. Alternatively, pumps are also great for a mountain wedding. “Try something blue for a desert mountain wedding, so your white shoes don’t get totally trashed in the desert sand,” Choi continues. If you’re planning a lush Aspen ceremony, Choi recommends a closed-toe wedding shoe, like Manolo’s Carolyne slingbacks, as mountain weather can be unpredictable and even cold in the summer months.
Meet the Author
Elana Zajdman is an editor, writer, stylist and brand consultant living in New York City. She previously was the senior accessories and jewelry editor of InStyle magazine for six years, where she became an expert on the latest footwear trends by testing and reviewing shoes across a wide range of categories from athletic to party shoes. Prior to her role at InStyle, she reviewed bridal trends across the accessories spectrum for Marie Claire.
Meet the Experts
Anny Choi is the head stylist for Over The Moon, a leading destination for modern, stylish wedding inspiration. Founded by Alexandra Macon in 2015, the site includes a bridal registry, styling services and an online shop of curated merchandise you won’t see anywhere else. It’s focused on “forever” pieces you’ll cherish for years to come, including pieces like special edition Lingua Franca cashmere pullovers and gorgeous Briony Raymond initial pendants.
Tiffany Hsu is the vice president of fashion buying for womenswear and kidswear at MyTheresa.com. She joined the team in 2015. She has grown the bridal category at Mytheresa exponentially. Before Mytheresa she held buying positions at Lane Crawford and Selfridges and is an authority on all things fashion and accessories.