Last updated on October 27th, 2022 at 12:00 pm
If you’re searching for wedding shoes for your big day, you might be wondering how to choose the perfect pair. From heels and dress shoes to comfortable flats and loafers, there are plenty of options out there.
Choosing the perfect wedding shoes can go one of two ways: either you know exactly what style you want and you’re not going to deviate, or you have no idea where to start. While it’s important to choose the right shoes for the job, wedding shoe shopping doesn’t need to be stressful.
Read on to discover everything you need to look for in a wedding shoe so you can be confident, feel comfortable and look great on your big day.
What’s on this page
- How to choose the right wedding shoes
- Top tips for choosing the perfect wedding shoes
- Best Wedding Shoes for Her
- Best Wedding Shoes for Him
How to choose the right wedding shoes
There are lots of things to consider when choosing your wedding shoes. For starters, you’re going to be wearing them all day, so they need to be practical and comfortable. From selecting the right shoe colour to knowing how high your heel should be, explore some of the important questions you should ask yourself when picking the perfect pair.
What colour shoes are best for a wedding?
There’s nothing absolute about what colour your wedding shoes should be. Traditionally, the shoes would match the colour of your outfit, but you can opt for something a little different if you like. Some popular wedding shoe colour options are:
- White heels – traditionally work well with a white or off-white dress.
- Silver sandals – can also be paired with a white dress to bring some sparkle and flair to an outfit.
- Black loafers – a classic option to pair with a dark suit.
- Tan brogues – a more casual shoe that works well with a blue or green suit.
You may also want to consider the colour of your wedding theme. What colours will the bridesmaids and groomsmen be wearing? What colour are the flowers in your buttonhole or bouquet? If you’re thinking about choosing colourful wedding shoes, try to avoid a pair that may clash with the rest of the wedding party.
What heel height is best for a wedding?
The height of your wedding heel will depend entirely on how comfortable you are walking in them. A mid-height heel is around 3 inches, or 7.5cm, which is probably the maximum height you’d want to go for if you’re planning to wear them all day.
A popular option is to change into flats throughout the day. This way, you can enjoy a higher heel for photos, then change into comfortable flats you can dance in later on. Whatever you decide, the important thing is that you feel comfortable and you can enjoy the day from start to end.
Find out more in our guide on how to choose the best heels for any occasion.
Top tips for choosing the perfect wedding shoes
When shopping around for those all-important wedding shoes, there are some important things to bear in mind.
- Your venue – if you’re getting married at the beach, then a pair of stiletto heels might not be the most practical choice. Bear in mind the location of your venue to make sure you pick a shoe that’ll see you safely down the aisle.
- Giving them a test run – remember to wear your wedding shoes around the house beforehand. You want to be as comfortable as possible on your wedding day, and a test run will let you know if you might need heel grips or insoles adding. Learn more about how to break in new shoes.
- The bigger picture – try and consider your wedding outfit as a whole, rather than just liking the shoe on its own. You might have a go-to style for every special occasion, but make sure it still goes with your whole outfit.
Best Wedding Shoes for Her
Whether you’re looking for a wedding heel that will keep you supported, or some comfortable flats you can dance the night away in, there are lots of different options out there.
Discover our picks for the top five best wedding shoes for her:
Lunar Ady Women’s White Sandal
Pair these white heeled sandals with a classic wedding dress for an elegant bridal look that keeps the attention on the dress (and the bride). Enjoy the moderate 7cm heel height, with a padded insole and simple ankle strap for extra comfort.
Lilley Women’s Wedge Sandal in White
For a heel that is easy to walk in, we recommend these women’s wedge sandals with delicate diamante detailing. These breathable shoes come in a classic white colour, and would work well for a summer wedding.
Cushion Walk Stella White and Silver Sandal
If you’re more comfortable in flats, these white and silver sandals are a great alternative to heels. Get the perfect fit with the adjustable buckle strap, and enjoy added support with the gripped outsole.
Hush Puppies Women’s Gabrielle Sandal in Blue
Keep things classy and casual with these blue Gabrielle sandals, made from a soft leather. The wide 6.5cm heel is more supportive to walk in than a stiletto, with an extra padded leather sock to keep you comfortable throughout the day.
Lilley Women’s Black Glossy Lace Up Brogue Shoe
Who said bridal shoes can’t be black? – try out these glossy bridal brogues if you’re looking for something a little different at your wedding. They include fine stitch detailing and glossy outer finish, making them the perfect formal wedding shoe that’s practical and supportive.
Best Wedding Shoes for Him
It is said that shoes are the most important part of an outfit – and the groom’s are no exception. Whether you are opting for a black tie and tux, a three piece, or something with a bit of colour, the right shoe can make any wedding suit come to life.
Read on to find the best wedding shoes for him:
Hush Puppies Men’s Scout Lace Up in Blue
These navy blue lace ups are a classic Desert Shoe, perfect for a more relaxed wedding theme. They’re made from a practical water-repellent suede, with a breathable lining for added comfort. Pair these with a blue suit for a sophisticated tonal look.
Red Level Cruise Men’s Tan Leather Brogue Shoe
If you’re looking for a shoe to pair with a green or blue suit, these tan leather brogues are the right pair for the job. Featuring classic brogue detailing, they are smart yet comfortable with a cushioned insole and supportive outsole grips.
Hush Puppies Ollie Cap Toe Lace Up Shoe in Black
The Ollie cap toe lace ups are an incredibly versatile shoe that will pair with almost any outfit. The timeless black leather finish makes these great for formal occasions, with smart black laces for a secure fit.
Cotswold Quenington Men’s Leather Brogue Shoe
This black Quenington shoe is another classic brogue. They have a decorative full wing-tip toe detailing and striking tan brown trim. Made with a heavy-duty sole, these shoes have a sturdy grip to keep you secure on the dance floor.
Red Tape Ulster Men’s Leather Slip On Shoe in Black
For a shoe that’s comfortable to wear and easy to take off, try the men’s leather slip on shoe. They come with a central elastic gusset that you can slide on effortlessly, made from a stylish black leather that will pair well with a smart suit and tie.
So, you’re all set for the big day – time to choose whether you want to opt for something traditional or break the wedding rules. Don’t forget to take a look at the Shoe Zone blog to discover more tips on how to dress for special occasions.