You'll want to wear them long after your wedding day.
By Laura Lajiness
Shoes are a make-or-break aspect of any wedding outfit, whether you’re the bride, part of the bridal party, or a guest. The venue and dress code will, of course, steer you in a particular direction. But similar to your selected dress, suit, two-piece set, or jumpsuit, you want the shoes to be good—even if you barely see them.
There are brands synonymous with wedding footwear like Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik (we’ll forever swoon over the iconic Hangisi embellished satin pumps worn by Carrie Bradshaw on Sex The City) to contemporary designs from the likes of Loeffler Randall and Bella Belle. But if you’re the type to be different or live for brand discovery, we’re spotlighting six brands that make utterly stunning wedding shoes ahead. From comfortable block heels to bold booties, keep reading to discover the perfect wedding shoe for you. Plus, each designer shares a few trend predictions and shopping picks.
Marina Larroudé, the co-founder of her namesake shoe label Larroudé, says brides are taking risks with their fashion choices more than ever before, embracing trends and wearing multiple looks throughout their engagement and wedding weekend. "For the big day, a lot of brides are choosing to wear crystals and vinyl shoes—a little play on the modern Cinderella," Larroudé tells us. "Our Lola sandal in suede with crystals is just perfect—it has the right amount of glitz but still classic to not compete with the dress."
With offerings that span trendy kitten heels, chunky platforms, and classic sandals, every Larroudé shoe is handmade with high-end leather, suede outsoles, and a memory foam insole for extra comfort. "Our shoes are designer shoes that you can dance for nine hours and cost at least half of any other designer shoe in the market," Larroudé says.
"There’s always that conflict about not wanting to spend a lot of money when you’re asked to be a bridesmaid and not wanting to buy a plastic shoe that will last for one night," Larroudé explains of her mission to create covetable, high-quality, and well-priced shoes. "My goal when creating the line was to create a collection that women can count on and wear season after season, especially when browsing for a bridesmaid or wedding shoe."
As for Larroudé’s top wedding picks, she says: "I love a classic strappy simple white sandal—very Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy. It’s clean, sophisticated, and chic and doesn’t compete with the dress. If the bride is wearing a big voluminous dress, it’s best to wear a platform. If it’s a garden party, a wedge or platform works best. And always have party flats with you so you can change in the middle of the night."