25 Stylish Wedding Shoes for Bride & Bridesmaid Ensembles

Be inspired by the sophisticated bridal shoe styles chosen by real Inside Weddings brides.

When it comes to selecting the shoes you'll wear on your wedding day, the options for brides are nearly endless.

Photo: Amy & Stuart Photography

When it comes to selecting the shoes for the bride to wear on her big day, there are many choices. As with anything fashion related, a lot more than you think goes into the choice – especially when it has to do with your wedding day. What heel height is right for you? Some brides choose to step away from high heels and wear comfortable flats (or summer brides may prefer sandals), while others don striking pairs of stilettos in a color featuring shades other than white. There are so many styles to choose from, and since many gowns don't even show off the bridal shoe, you can really play with style and color to fit your personality.

And just as with the second wedding dress trend, brides-to-be can also plan to wear two pairs of shoes – one pair for the ceremony and one pair for the reception or after-party. If you're having a beach wedding, consider a pair of flat sandals for the ceremony and then change into bridal shoes that feel more chic for your reception. Once you're ready to hit the dance floor, don another pair of sandals or try a style that's more similar to a bootie or sneaker to make dancing all night so much easier!

From simple white sandals of varying heel-height styles, to sparkling peep-toe pumps, to colorful or embellished bridal shoes, the options for shoes for brides are nearly endless. If you'll be wearing a floor-length dress, chances are your shoes won't even show during the ceremony or even the reception, providing the perfect opportunity to have fun with your style of footwear. Select heels in a range of bridal-chic color options – maybe even your "something blue" – or choose styles made of unique materials or embellished with interesting hardware to stand out. Brides who desire a classic look for their wedding ensemble may choose an elegant sandal or add stylish jeweled embellishments on the heels or toe of pumps.

For more ideas, take a look at the bridal heels below to inspire your own wedding-day footwear. For additional inspiration, click on your favorite images to see more from each of these real weddings!

bride wearing pretty multicolored wedding shoes bridal heel ideas
Photo by Christian Oth Studio

Pink velvet wedding shoes for wedding day unique alternative bridal heels
Photo by Lorely Meza Photography

Oscar de la Renta wedding shoes oval cut engagement ring
Photo by Mi Belle Photographers

Sparkle bow heels for Chudney Ross Diana Ross' daughter wedding
Photo by Rebecca Walker for The Day

Metallic gold silver Jimmy Choo wedding shoes pumps
Photo by Chung Li Photography

Brittney Palmer Aaron Zalewski badgley mischka jewel heel wedding shoes
Photo by Daniel Kincaid Photography

Christian Louboutin wedding shoes sheer with crystals on toe pumps
Photo by KT Merry Photography

Hand drawn pink butterfly design on white wedding shoe pumps
Photo by Heather Waraksa

T-Strap wedding shoes with bow rhinestone crystals
Photo by Sarah & Ben

White patent leather strappy sandal wedding shoes
Photo by This Modern Romance

Laser cut wedding shoes with pink flowers
Photo by Elizabeth Messina

Blue Valentino pumps with studs wedding shoes
Photo by Adam Barnes

Metallic wedding shoes Rene Caovilla bridal heels
Photo by Braedon Photography

Platform sparkle Jimmy Choo wedding heels peep toe
Photo by Caroline Tran

wedding shoes pink with beads bridal heel ideas
Photo by Heather Kincaid

Nick Carter's wife Lauren Kitt wedding shoes ankle strap hardware
Photo by Kris Kan

Valentino wedding shoes tan with studs
Photo by Yvette Roman

Peep toe Badgley Mischka wedding shoes with fabric flower at toe
Photo by Gloria Mesa Photography

Sparkle Christian Louboutin wedding heel pumps sheer with rhinestones red soles
Photo by Bob & Dawn Davis Photography

Blue Manolo Blahnik wedding shoes pumps with buckle jewel
Photo by Caroline Tran

White lace Monique Lhuillier wedding shoes with ankle strap
Photo by Maria Angela Photography

Simple white wedding shoe sandals with ankle strap open toe
Photo by Vue Photography

Silver scallop design metallic wedding shoes with ball gown wedding dress
Photo by KingenSmith

Badgley Mischka tan wedding shoes ivory with jewel decal on heel
Photo by Carasco Photography

Lace up strappy wedding shoes Valentino sandals open toe
Photo by Tine Hoffman for TM Photography

If you're not accustomed to wearing the types of fashion items in the photos above, it's okay to wear a pair of sandals under your dress! If you want to include a pair of gorgeous heels in your wedding photo album, you can do that too! Simply bring the style of bridal shoe you love for your photographer to take photos of while you're getting ready, and then opt for something more comfortable for the ceremony and reception.

If you're worried about the price entailed for bridal shoes you may only wear once, remember that it's okay to re-wear these! Unlike your dress, your bridal heels can be worn over and over again, so the price per wear can be lowered for every night out on the town or special occasion as a Mrs. Of course, if you'd rather keep the heels you wore as a bride special for that day only, do what feels right for you.

The goal for brides is simple: search your favorite stores (online or in person) for heels or sandals that will not only help you feel most like a bride, but also feel comfortable on one of the most important days of your life. You'll want to look your best, but you'll also want to feel your best and not have to deal with any foot pain at the ceremony, reception, or after-party! The same goes for your bridesmaids – if you're designating which shoe style they need for the celebration, make sure they're either comfortable or you're flexible with having them change into sandals once they hit the dance floor. Happy shopping!

For more wedding shoe ideas, visit our photo galleries! Be sure to also browse through hundreds of real weddings by your desired color palette, style, location, and more for additional inspiration, and shop some of the most popular wedding shoes here.