How to Find the Perfect Pair of Wedding Shoes

Model lounging in a designer wedding dress elegantly.

When it comes to creating the perfect wedding ensemble, all elements should be considered with the utmost scrutiny and care. From the veil to the dress to all the accessories in between, you want to create an ensemble that allows you to feel comfortable and confident. Your wedding shoes will play a large part in this and will serve as the finishing touch to your entire bridal ensemble. Finding the perfect pair of shoes is not always an easy task, however. Let this guide for how to find the perfect pair of wedding shoes serve as your fairy godmother as you search for the slippers that will make you feel like Cinderella on your big day.

Consider your theme

The Annalise Blue shoe.
Shoe: Annalise Blue. Photography: Peter and Veronika

Wedding themes have become more and more popular in recent years. Themes can be quite understated and subtle or can go off with a bang. This theme can carry over into various elements of the wedding, including the menu, decorations, and even your shoes. Choosing wedding shoes that coincide with your theme is a great way to carry a cohesive motif throughout the entire day. Vintage wedding themes, for instance, are quite popular currently and can very easily be carried into your shoe choice. Selecting wedding shoes that replicate popular styles from the 1920s, 1940s, or any other era is a stunning yet subtle way to incorporate your theme. Other themes can be carried into your shoe choice as well through the style, color, and detailing of the shoe.

Consider color

The Mariee wedding shoe.
Shoe: Mariee. Photography: Happy Bloom

Wedding shoes are available in various colors, each lovely in their own way. Of course, the most common color choice for wedding shoes is white, as it is the easiest to coordinate with most wedding dresses. Off-white and ivory shoes are also popular choices and are perfect for a bride looking to stray a bit off the beaten path. Choosing shoes in a color that matches your dress helps create a clean and cohesive look throughout the entire ensemble. Colored wedding shoes can also have a lovely effect on the overall look of your bridal outfit. Choosing shoes in a contrasting color to your gown is a great option for brides looking to make a statement and add a pop of color to their ensemble. Many brides use their wedding shoes as their “something blue,” whether through a soft sky-blue or a stunning sapphire hue.

Wedding shoe. Wedding shoe. Wedding shoe.

Consider venue

The Abigail shoe.
Shoe: Abigail. Photography: Kristy and Vic

The location for your wedding and reception will also play a large part in the decision-making process for your wedding shoes. Outdoor weddings that are held on the beach or in a garden and will require you to walk across grass or sand, for instance, are not the most conducive to high-heeled shoes. You may be concerned that stiletto heels may sink into soft ground at your wedding ceremony or reception site. Wedding shoes with block heels are more practical for most outdoor weddings. Flats or sandals are also popular and allow for easier mobility around an outdoor venue. Have your heart set on high-heels? You can turn any heels outdoor friendly by using heel protectors. You should also consider how the weather and temperature of your wedding venue may impact your shoe choice. Winter weddings may be better suited to a heeled bootie, while a summer bride may be more comfortable in a sandal or strappy heel. Bella Belle offers many shoe choices with breathable mesh, which will keep your feet fresh and comfortable. Here are a few options.

Wedding shoe. Wedding shoe. Wedding shoe.

Consider heel height

A bride sitting down to fix the lace on her wedding shoe.
Shoe: Florence. Photography: Kurt Boomer

When choosing your wedding shoes, be sure to choose a heel height that will be comfortable to walk and dance in for an extended period of time. If you aren’t comfortable in high heels, consider opting for a kitten heel or flats instead. If your heart is set on wearing high heels and are used to wearing high heels in your daily outfit, be sure to pick comfortable high heels for your wedding day! With generous padding and comfortable mesh materials, Bella Belle offers the most comfortable high heels in the market. Many Bella Belle bride reviews state that they wore 4-inch heels for 12 hours straight and never took them off as they were most comfortable. Most importantly, choose a heel height that allows you to stand tall and walk with confidence. It’s also important to consider the length of your dress when selecting heel height. Choosing a heel height that is too high or too low may cause your dress to hang differently than you originally intended, so be sure to take this into consideration. It is best to bring your wedding shoes to your first dress fitting so that your seamstress can alter the length of your wedding dress according to your heel height. Here are options with varying heel heights:

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Consider comfort

A bridesmaid helping a bride to put on her wedding shoe. The same bride from the previous photo dancing later in her wedding shoes.
Shoe: Angelina. Photography: Jordan Galindo

It’s important to not only feel confident on your wedding day, but to also feel comfortable. Heel height often plays a large part in this, but so do the materials and methods used to create the shoes. Choosing high-quality, hand-crafted shoes is the best way to ensure your continued comfort throughout your special day. Padding and breathable fabric also play a large part in the overall comfort of a shoe. The more care that goes into crafting a shoe, the more comfortable they are likely to be. What makes Bella Belle shoes comfortable? It is all of the above.

Consider embellishments

The Adora wedding shoe. The Adora wedding shoe.
Shoe: Adora. Photography: We are Origami. Shoe: Rosa. Photography: Tiffaney Childs

Embellishments are the best way to add a touch of personality to your wedding shoes and bridal ensemble. Embellishments are available in many different fashions, from lace to embroidery to intricate beadwork. Wedding shoes with elaborate embellishments can serve as an additional accessory item for brides looking to add a bit of extra bling to their entire ensemble. When choosing embellishments for your shoes, consider matching them to your dress’s detail work. Lace gowns and lace shoes create an effortlessly beautiful combination, as do beaded gowns and beaded shoes. You can also use these embellishments to contrast with the style of your gown. If your gown is classic and understated, consider adding a bit of sparkle with beaded heels or floral embroidered flats. These embellishments will add a fun touch to your look and will help make the entire ensemble feel more personal.

Check out the embellishments featured in these shoes:

Wedding shoe. Wedding shoe. Wedding shoe.

Consider the ensemble as a whole

A bride sitting down to tie the lace of her wedding shoe.
Shoe: Frances Champagne. Photography: Laura Gordon

Perhaps the best tip for how to find the perfect pair of wedding shoes is to consider how the shoes will complement the rest of your bridal ensemble. Start by finding a gown that you truly love. This will make it easier to choose shoes that coordinate with the overall aesthetic of your bridal ensemble. You will be able to color coordinate, match the theme, and choose embellishments much more easily when you have a clear vision of your dress. Referencing your dress while shopping for wedding shoes will allow you to create a more cohesive look throughout your whole wedding ensemble, leading to picture-perfect results every time.

Finding the perfect pair of shoes may seem difficult at first, but with these considerations in mind, you can find a stunning set in no time. You can also make the search efforts easier by shopping online. Shopping for wedding shoes online allows you to simultaneously view multiple different options with the simple click of a button, making it easy to find the perfect pair in no time. At Bella Belle, we offer a wide range of hand-crafted wedding shoes in a variety of silhouettes, colors, and styles. Allow us to help make your dream wedding come true.

Infographic exaplinging different factors to consider when choosing wedding shoes such as theme, color, venue, heel height, comfort, embellishments, and the ensemble as a whole.

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