When it comes to the big day, your gown will of course be the most important part of your wedding look; but as a bride-to-be, it’s crucial not to overlook the power of the wedding shoe.
Yes, even if your shoes will be hidden beneath your dress, the impact that the style, height and look will have, should not be underestimated. Whether you’re sticking to traditional, or are wanting more of a modern feel, we have put together everything you need to know about choosing the perfect wedding shoes, to ensure you look and feel your best throughout your special day.
Wedding shoe styles and trends have been evolving rapidly over the past decade. With the rise of social media, and the vast and easy access to other people’s nuptials, you can now gain
inspiration from a variety of designers, brands and real wedding looks from around the world. In the past, you perhaps wouldn’t have considered anything other than an ivory or white traditional wedding shoes, but we are now overwhelmed with an incredible section of fun, vibrant and modern takes on the usual styles. There has been a rise of the statement wedding shoe, where designers such as Sophia Webster have been creating works of art, meaning brides have been indulging in an assortment or colours, materials and embellishments, making their shoes star of the show.
The trend of having two bridal outfits has also increased the popularity of the modern shoe. You can now choose to stick to a traditional option for the ceremony, and then switch up your look for the evening reception, with a more fun, perhaps more comfortable pair, for dancing the night away. It’s also a simple and easy way to incorporate the 2-look trend, without having to change your dress. The addition of a shoe with a pop of colour or embellishment can change the mood and feel of your entire outfit.
However, if you are looking for a classic style, we are seeing a return to the more simple, modern and timeless designs of the 90s for 2023. Clean lines and sleek silhouettes were seen at the bridal shows, with Sassi herself embracing the beauty of simplicity, with our stunning Jennifer, Nina and Jasmine gowns from our new ‘Let There Be Love’ collection. Shoe designers have complimented this, with Emmy London and Monolo Blahnik also drawing inspiration from paired back elegance in their latest collections.
There are a number of things to consider when choosing your wedding shoes. A traditional style and colour, will always be a classic. A simple court or strappy shoe, are timeless and chic, and will go with a wide variety of gown styles. It’s also a beautiful way to commemorate the day, with shoes you’ll treasure forever, and perhaps even pass down to family.
However, the benefit of an on-trend or statement shoe, is that you can wear them again and again, giving them longevity and hopefully, versatility too. Designers such as Jimmy Choo and
Loeffler Randal, have created some beautiful shoes, with a nod to bridal, but that can be easily worn on different occasions. Having a shoe that works for more than just the big day, will not only help the planet by reducing your carbon foot print, but will be also be a wonderful reminder of your nuptials whenever you wear them.
There are of course, practicalities to think about before purchasing your dream pair. The most important, is to be comfortable. If you’re not used to a high heel, don’t start on your wedding day. You want to feel amazing, and if you can’t enjoy the day because your feet are hurting or your can’t walk properly, the shoes are not worth it. If you do want to go for a heel, consider switching to a more comfortable pair for the reception. Malone Souliers have some stunning flats in their wedding collection, perfect after a long day on your feet. Location of the wedding and time of year should also play a part in your decision. Consider a block heel if you’ll be on grass or cobbles, and a closed toe for weddings in the cooler months. Of course, your dress style will influence your choice. If your gown has a split, you can really embrace the statement shoe or playful addition of colour. If your dress has a tulle skirt, like our stunning new Iris or Miranda gowns, then consider avoiding embellishment, as this can lead to snagging the gown lining. You can of course get advice from your bridal stylist and bring your shoes along to the fitting to ensure the they are a match.
Ultimately, your wedding shoes should be the perfect compliment, of not only your gown, but of your personality too. Choose something that you know you’ll love, regardless of trends or
tradition; as long as you stay true to your style you can’t go wrong.
If you want to see a selection of our stunning gowns, made here in England, why not view the brand new ‘Let There Be Love’ collection now. Or click here to make an appointment and start your very own dream gown journey.