How to Find the Perfect Wedding Shoe

Determining the best type of wedding day shoe to go with your gorgeous gown and finding the perfect pair will be another item on your top bridal accessory priority list to bring your wedding day look to life. 

Whatever your priorities might be, at the end of the day, your wedding-day shoes have a major role to fulfill. You have to like them, yes, but you also have to want to wear them—often for long periods of time over a solid, 15-plus hour day (think about that for a moment). So how do you figure out what type of bridal shoe is best for you?

1. Define your bridal style. 

Since it’s unlikely that you’re buying your wedding shoes and gown at the same shop, having a firm grasp on your overall bridal style is key to ensuring consistency. 

2. Find your dress first. 

Even if you’ve stumbled upon the wedding shoes of your dreams, hold off from purchasing them if you haven’t yet found the wedding dress to match. 

  • You want your bridal shoe to complement your dress in every aspect—style, color, down to every last detail and embellishment—and the length of your dress matters, too. 
  • If you’re going with a shorter dress, your shoes can be a major statement accessory, adding color, glitz, glam, whimsy, romance—or simply a dose of modern elegance—to your wedding day look.
  • Whereas, if your dress is a full-length gown, they’re not going to be nearly as visible.

3. Start researching shoe options. 

While wedding dress shopping is the priority, there’s no reason why you can’t start researching wedding shoe styles, and the websites of large-scale retailers—such as Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, and Nordstrom—are a great place to start. 

Once you’ve narrowed your search, it will be a whole lot easier to start shopping for your wedding day shoes after you’ve found the dress.

4. Consider your venue. 

Consider your venue when selecting shoes—especially if you’re having an outdoor ceremony, on a grass lawn or on the beach. Your wedding venue will influence how much heel you should wear. 

5. Prioritize comfort. 

Your first consideration should be heel height: 

  • The higher the heel, the more pressure on the ball of your foot. 
  • A low-to-mid-height heel and even a chunkier heel will keep you standing and dancing comfortably that much longer, and there are plenty of gorgeous bridal flats out there. 
  • Also, consider width—especially if you have narrow or wide feet.

The bottom line:

  • On a day and night when you’ll likely be on your feet twice as long as you normally would be—if not three or four times—you need comfortable shoes.
  • Some brides have opted to have a second pair of shoes on hand for dancing.

Bonus Tips:

Don’t commit without first trying them on: 

Remember you’ll be standing in them for hours, so it’s imperative to try out the shoes first and feel how comfortable they are to stand and walk around in before you swipe your card.

Don’t wait until the last minute:  

You’ll need to purchase your shoes in advance of your dress fittings and alterations.