12 Gorgeous Wedding Shoes Because It Doesn't Have To Be All About The Dress

It all comes down to the shoes, even if the only time they make an appearance is during the garter toss at your reception. Since you’re most likely wearing a white dress for the big day, bold shoes are the best way to make a statement. It’s time to say goodbye to the never-ending selection of bland, white lace kitten heels and step outside the bridal shop. Go all out with bedazzled platform stilettos, or work in your “something blue” with a colorful, strappy sandal. Not only will you have more options to choose from, the quintessential shoe shot with your man (or woman!) will look that much cooler.

Whether you’re channeling Carrie Bradshaw with a pair of Manolos or keeping it classic like Kate Middleton with shoes by Alexander McQueen, make sure to thoroughly test out your pumps (indoors of course!) before the big day. If you’re going for sky-high heels, I would even suggest dancing in them to see if the shoes will work. The last thing you want is to end up limping onto the dance floor and trailing your dress when it’s time for the first dance. Practical tips aside--rock one of these 12 glamorous shoes on your wedding day for a dash of unexpected color to your bridal ensemble.

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Something Blue

The ultimate “something blue” with a hint of glam, thanks to crystal embellishments on the toe. These Manolos would look equally sophisticated worn with a retro, tea-length dress or a traditional ball gown.

Hangisi Satin Pump by Manolo Blahnik, $965,

Chic Booties

How killer would these shoes be when paired with an edgy reception dress? A touch of blush pink keeps them feeling more bridal than nightclub, plus it just doesn’t get any more luxe than lotus applique booties by Alexander McQueen.

Lotus Flower Applique Peep Toe Bootie, $1,245,

Red Heels

Keep it simple yet bold with timeless red sandals. This stylish ankle strap style will look super chic under any hemline.

Saint Laurent Leather Sandals, $795,

Emerald Satin Pumps

It’s a party in the back with this pair’s jewel-encrusted heel, while the deep emerald hue makes a more traditional, elegant statement.

Badgley Mischka Kiara Platform Evening Pumps, $245,

Floral Pumps

These stunning floral pumps would be perfect for a romantic island reception, or save them for your tropical honeymoon getaway.

Savenni High Back Court Shoes, $210,

Pink Pumps

Pale pink pumps still look bridal and sweet, but with a twist, thanks to Christiane Louboutin’s signature red sole.

‘Pigalle Follies’ Pointy Toe Pump, Christiane Louboutin, $675,

Festive Heels

Honestly, I’m kind of in love with these over-the-top Marc Jacobs heels. How amazing would they be for a festive winter wedding during the holidays?

Marc Jacobs Heels in Metallic Kang, $865,

Red Flats

Stay comfy throughout the day and rock a pair of flats for the reception. This red pair by Kate Spade feels both bold and chic, plus the gold lettering embellishment is on point.

Kate Spade ‘Julip’ Suede Flat, $228,

Silk Sandals

These multi-colored sandals would bring a whimsical look to any wedding ensemble.

Stuart Weitzman Naked Tinsel Silk, $398,

Lace Pumps

This tiffany blue pair comes in an array of colors and styles. If you’re serious about color coordination, some retailers and brands can dye satin or lace pumps to match your wedding colors.

Lace Bow Shoes, $89, CreativeSugar,

Glitter Pumps

These shoes combine the best of both worlds—glitter and florals. With a long wedding dress, the shoes will show a peep of gold glitter, while the fun pattern will stay hidden for a more subdued statement.

Delacaci Gold Multi Pumps, $110,

Gold Rose Pumps

Handcrafted with gold leaf fabric, these pumps are the ultimate in luxury and decadence. These are the type of wedding shoes you put on every once in a while years later; they’re just so beautiful and timeless.

Freya Rose Golden Rose Pumps, $600,