They say nothing comes before the dress, but your wedding shoe? That could literally make or break your wedding day.
Wedding season 2023 is turning out to be quite the party. Whereas last year was all about clean lines and minimalistic sophistication, this year we’re leaning hard into the fun and whimsy. We’re talking bows and feathers, ruffles and pearls, beading and bling, sneaks and even brights (!?).
Whether you’re wearing them for the whole ceremony, or switching out your heels for the reception dance floor, this season has more options than ever.
Starting with these chic ivory satin flats from Lulus. With a .5″ heel they will have you firmly (and beautifully) on the ground. And at under thirty dollars, you simply cannot beat the price.
Lulus, Hoovery Ivory Satin Rhinestone Flats $28
Looking to have your comfort and still *sneak* in a little height? These all-white flatform sneakers from M. Gemi are your new “I do”. The Italian footwear brand known for their sumptuous high end leather shoes have created The Palestra Alta. Made of supple Nappa leather, with flat laces (to keep it sleek), you’ll appreciate the raised flatform with its inch of height. And the big bonus? The bottom of the shoe is made of “no squeak” rubber, so you’ll glide down the aisle without unwelcome audible interruption.
M. Gemi, The Palestra Alta $248
For all the beautiful beach Brides ready to bring on the bling. These rhinestone studded t-strap sandals are perfect for walking through sand and sea in style.
David’s Bridal, Jeweled T-Strap Sandal $11.22
(on Sale NOW from $29.95)
These wedding flats designed by Sophia Webster are perfect for the playful bride. The top of the white satin flat is adorned with one half of a butterfly wing made of blue ombré crystals (becoming a full butterfly when you stand with feet together). Another coquettish feature? Under the soles are little stitched hearts and an impish “Wifey for Lifey”.
Sophia Webster, Butterfly Satin Slingback Flat $299.99
(on Sale NOW from $475)
Finally, for the Bridgerton-inspired Bride, these lace and crystal confections from René Caovilla are a romantic’s dream. These pointy toe ballet flats have a slight block heel (less than half an inch) but will have you feeling every inch a princess.
René Caovilla, Veneziana Lace Ballerina Shoes $1,066
(on Sale NOW from $1,520)
LOVELY LOW HEEL
Whether they’re cute as a kitten or a blissful low block, low heels are defined as between 1 and 2 inches. Ideal for the bride who loves a little height, but prefers the comfort of a shoe she can stand all day in.
Case in point, these lustrous silver slingbacks from M. Gemi are made for the modern bride. At just 2 inches, and with a generously wide kitten heel, these chic shoes are made for dancing the night away.
M. Gemi, The Mia Due $348
Block heels are a huge trend right now, coming in all heights, including these feminine satin and crystal, low block heels from Betsey Johnson. With heels that come in at 1.75″, standing on solid ground never looked so pretty.
Blue by Betsey Johnson, Satin & Crystal Block Heel $29.99
(on Sale NOW from $79.95
If the term ‘go bling or go home’ describes you, then these Giuseppe Zanotti t-bar strap sandals are a must have on your list. So much beautiful embellishment, it’s hard to believe all that comes with a 1.7″ heel.
Giuseppe Zanotti, Devine Crystal Sandals $1,090
What could be more perfect for a garden style wedding that these gorgeous glittered sandals from Casadei that come with their own crystal daisies? The low heel comes to just an inch and is wide enough to handle any uneven ground you come across as you make your way up the aisle.
Casadei, My Flower Glittered Sandals $850
Finally, for all the rustic-inspired Brides out there who need something that can handle some serious barn dancing and boot-scooting, these pearled western boots from Windsor are here to seal the deal. A solid, stacked 2 inch heel gets gussied up with full coverage of faux pearls and stone embellishments.
Windsor, Pearl Of The West Cowboy Boots $46.90
MARVELOUS MID HEELS
Otherwise known as the “sensible heel”, the 2.5″ – 3.5 ” mid heel is the most common height for heels. This season we are seeing more than just the classic shaft heel, including the popular trending block heel, interesting angled heels and all levels of sculptural silhouettes are finding their way into our bridal hearts.
These platform satins from Circus NY are daring both in their unapologetically thick, angled block heel as well as in their color choice. Namely, Punk Pink.
Circus NY, Hartlie Block Heel Sandal $90
This sexy silver sandal from Nina sport a full illusion. From the side it looks like the classic heel, but in reality the heel is actually a thick rectangle with double the heel real estate of its iconic cousin. That means you get the look of a shaft heel with the support of a block. If you’re planning on some serious dance floor time, you’re going to love this heel.
Nina, Nelena Soft Platino Dreamland $62.30
(on Sale NOW from $89)
More fun with blocks and shapes. This time a straightforward, two strap, 2 and a half inch heeled sandal gets a sculptural make over with an unexpected cylindrical block heel. Fantastic for the minimalist bride with a surrealistic streak.
Pierre Dumas, Lifting the Mood Sandal $34.99
What happens when you take the Great Gatsby and give it a 21st century spin? You get Aquazzura’s Gatsby 75. This leather slingback with crystal overlay hardware gets a refresh in clear vinyl straps and toe. With a 3″ heel, there’s plenty to show.
Aquazzura, Gatsby 75 Vinyl & Leather Pump $879.99
(on Sale NOW from $1,250)
Of course when it comes to weddings and shoe bling, it’s impossible to resist a little 3-inch heel Jimmy Choo…
Jimmy Choo, Meira Metallic Leather Sandal $555
(on Sale NOW from $925)
Welcome to the sky scrapers. These are the heels that simply put, demand your attention. This season we’ve seen both stiletto domination, powerful platforms and massive block heels, just to name a few. Get ready to climb in.
At a mere 3.5″ these sleek and sexy slingbacks from Bruno Magli are the ‘shortest’ heel on our sky-high list. But for the modern bride who craves sophistication, they’re at the top of her list.
Bruno Magli, Amelia in Bone $395
Next up, at just 3.6″ are these pearl-clustered ankle strap heels from Boston Proper. Ideal for the bride who’d rather wear ivory than white.
Boston Proper, Pearl Ankle Strap Heel $109
Hitting us at 4 inches even, these hot pink stilettos from Nina are the bright color spot fashion-forward brides this season are hungering for. And can we talk about that gorg ruffle going down the side?
Nina, Claudy Dress Sandal in Ultra Pink $49.50
(on Sale NOW from $99)
With a teetering 4.5″ heel, these blush beauties bring the bling and the bow. What more could you want? How about being right now on sale? Yup.
Versona, Topped With A Bow Heels $29.99
(on Sale NOW from $39.99)
This one is for the bride who doesn’t shy away. You’re not just walking down the aisle in these 5.5″ platform heels…you own it.
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