Wedding season is coming up and, if you’re a bride-to-be planning the big day, you want everything to be just right – down to the last detail. The pictures here are from my own wedding, which looked and felt just like a fairy tale to me and was certainly one of the best, most memorable days of my life. All of the planning, work and preparation was totally worth it for that one special day.
Of course, the centerpiece of any wedding is THE dress, but brides need the perfect accompaniment to complete their look: a beautiful pair of bridal shoes. It’s always been highly popular to wear head-to-toe white and match the shoes to the gown, but I love that today’s brides are getting increasingly creative with their look – especially when adding a dose of color, like Gwen Stefani did with pink in her Dior gown and singer Pink with black in her Monique Lhuillier. Even if you wear a classic white dress, you can always opt for a nice pop of color in your shoes in lieu of metallic and white options. My own gown was floor-length, so my shoes didn’t really show, but of course I had to find myself a pretty heel to wear anyway:
I really did love these silver flower-adorned ankle-strap heels (sorry for the small pics) and while many of us sacrifice comfort for style from time to time, I have to admit these ended up being quite uncomfortable – even for a nice stroll down the aisle – and I ended up ditching them during the reception for a pair of sequined blue flip flops. There’s no harm in doing something like that if your dream wedding shoe is less than comfy, but here’s a word of advice: Don’t forget (like I did) to walk around in your shoes before the wedding, break them in a bit and bring a back-up if you don’t think you can dance (or walk) the night away in them.
As it turns out, I wore my wedding shoes only once and then my sister wore them for her own wedding a few years later as her “Something Borrowed” item. So far, they seem to have brought us both plenty of luck and happiness!
Now, let’s look at some currently available wedding shoe options in a wide variety of styles and price points for anyone planning their own bridal look (or for brides who may need a little shoe inspiration!). I think these bridal shoes will make the very first step into married life completely gorgeous:
Metallic bridal shoes:
The very princess-esque Pelle Moda Indulge in pewter, bronze or black for $184.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless.
The ALDO Vanancio in silver or black for $90 at ALDO. Coupon code 99029324 takes 10% off until 1/30/10.
The glam Pelle Moda Verbena in gold, pewter, silver or black for $184.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless.
The Pelle Moda Limbo in pewter, bronze, black or champagne for $154.90 – $154.95 depending on size/color selection at Amazon.
Glitter bridal shoes:
H by Halston Stella silver glitter pumps for $79.95 exclusively at Bakers Shoes. These are also available in gold glitter, multi glitter and brown, white or black leather.
Steve Madden Caryssag for $129.95 with free shipping at Zappos or for $139.95 with free shipping via code SMFREESHIP at Steve Madden.
The Colorifics Gala in silver glitter or gold multi-colored glitter for $56.45 at Shoebuy. Get another 20% off with coupon code BDAY, making them $45.16 with free shipping. Coupon expiration is unknown.
The Stuart Weitzman Avalon for $355 at Jildor.
A style Taylor Swift once wore, the Report Signature Carleton silver glitter heel, which is available in limited sizes at Heels.com for $179.99. Coupon code NEWYEAR takes 15% off $150, making them $152.99 with free shipping, until 2/15/10.
The Miss Me Whitney for $39.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless.com.
White and ivory bridal shoes:
Pre-order the Martinez Valero Ophelia with rhinestone bow for $175 at the Martinez Valero website. It comes in white or ivory and is expected to ship in February.
Also at the Martinez Valero website is the Martinez Valero Olivia in white, black or ivory with passementerie trim.
The ruffled RSVP Henny in ivory for $73.83 with free shipping at Zappos.
Here’s a fabulous discount on the Cole Haan Ceci Air Rose Slingback. It’s normally $428, but marked down to $192 at Neiman Marcus. The other stores I’ve seen that carry it still list it at full price right now.
A stand-out in floral, the Nina Critia in ivory, white and nine other color options (hello, bridesmaids!) for $99 at ninashoes.com.
The sophisticated Badgley Mishka Randall in white, silver or black for $200 with free shipping at Piperlime.
Champagne & pink wedding shoes:
Badgley Mischka Randee in pink, gold, black or white for $215 with free shipping at Piperlime.
Paris Hilton Senorita in pink, red or black for $93 with free shipping at Zappos. Also available at Shoes.com in gold, pewter, grey or black for $97 with another 15% off using coupon code SNOW until 1/31/10, making them $82.45.
Luichiny Gim Me in champagne for $68.95 with free overnight shipping at Endless. Also available in teal, black, red, brown and purple.
A statement heel for a statement bride, the Pelle Moda Bryce in champagne or black for $127.16 with free shipping at Zappos.
Now, for any brides who want to fulfill their “Something Blue” requirement with a pair of blue bridal shoes, here are some options to consider:
Blue wedding shoes:
*See more blue bridal shoes in a post added 7/6/10*
Fan of Sex and the City? Get Carrie Bradshaw’s wedding style with a Manolo Blahnik Something Blue knockoff, the Martinez Valero Zenith in blue. It’s offered for a really great price at DSW, where it’s $79.95 (black and silver also available). Update: DSW is sold out in blue, but Zappos has a few sizes left for $164 and Sears has several sizes for $154.99. For another another Manolo Blahnik Something Blue lookalike, try the RSVP Zaza for $99 at Zappos.
Here are more wedding shoes in blue:
Fergie Safra in blue, black or red for $89 with free shipping at Amazon.
MIX NO. 6 Onyx in blue or black for $39.95 at DSW. Update: DSW members get $10 off $49 by logging in to their account and getting the coupon code by 2/3/10, plus get free shipping on $35 using code NEWYR10 until 2/8/10.
Paris Hilton Regal in blue or grey for $95 at Shoes.com. Get 15% off with coupon code SNOW until 1/31/10, making them $80.75 with free shipping.
Update: I had to add this pair for a soft, pastel blue bridal shoe option. It’s the Martinez Valero Vida for $153 with free shipping at Zappos.
To all brides in 2010, congratulations to you and I hope you’re wedding day is amazing in every way!