When it comes to choosing the wedding-day heels – or wedding flats – you'll wear on your big day, the options are endless! While many brides choose neutral options, such as nude or white pumps, others decide to don a style that truly captures their personality. Selecting a "something blue" wedding shoe is also a popular choice among brides-to-be; however, even with unique heels, many women do choose to stick to a white, cream, or metallic shade.
In most cases, the shoes you wear on your wedding day won't even be seen by your guests – aside from looking at the wedding album after the fact. When your wedding dress will cover your heels in most cases, why not choose a style that stands out and will only be viewed in your wedding detail shots? From heels in bold colors, to hand-painted custom styles, to strappy sandals embellished with sparkling crystals and appliqués, there are a myriad of looks to choose from that won't take away from the elegant feel of your entire ensemble.
Take a look at the inspirational styles worn by real brides in the images below. To see more from these celebrations, click on the links below each photo!
Since this couple's wedding showcased glamorous gold decorations, the bride's wedding-day heels mirrored the look with striking gold elements and floral embellishments. Photo by Amy Anaiz Photography; From Real Wedding: Regal-Style Mansion Wedding with a Black-and-Gold Color Palette
This bride's wedding day heels featured beautiful laser-cut details inspired by lace that added to the whimsical feel of the alfresco ceremony. Photo by Elizabeth Messina; From Real Wedding: Fairy-Tale Wedding with an Enchanted Forest Theme in Santa Barbara
While this is a neutral style, it's more unique than a traditional shoe since there are sheer mesh elements dotted with sparkling crystals. Photo by Jacqui Cole Photography; From Real Wedding: Alfresco Ceremony + Dinner Reception at an Elegant Villa in Miami
If you don't have anywhere to incorporate your "something blue" in the ceremony or reception, we encourage you to wear blue on your feet! It's a nice pop of color that will be mostly hidden, and pop in detail photos! Photo by Caroline Tran; From Real Wedding: A Magical Garden Ceremony & Tented Reception with a Chic French Theme
These Valentino studs are a very popular option for fashionable and edgy brides who want to wear a style of shoe that's unique, but also semi-classic. Photo by Kortnee Kate Photography; From Real Wedding: A Hometown Celebration with Rustic Details & Colorful Pastel Flowers
While some brides may consider these "classic" wedding heels, they do add a unique twist on the typical white wedding pump. If you're on the fence about choosing a different style, this will be your way to go! Photo by Laurie Bailey Photography; From Real Wedding: Classic Church Ceremony + Soft, Romantic Reception in Santa Monica
We love these handpainted heels! This bride's wedding was full of color, and her high heels incorporated the same hues and a personalized design. Photo by Heather Waraksa; From Real Wedding: A Summer Wedding with a Vibrant Color Palette in Brooklyn, New York
How fun are these pineapple-inspired heels for a tropical wedding? We love the subtle detailing that's a bit of a surprise once the bride turns around! Photo by John Cain Photography; From Real Wedding: Fall Destination Wedding on the Beach in Key West, Florida
When getting married in Maui, Diana Ross' daughter Chudney chose a gorgeous pair of sparkling sandals with elegant bow details that were absolutely perfect for the occasion! Photo by Rebecca Walker for The Day; From Real Wedding: Diana Ross Helps Plan Daughter Chudney Ross' Maui Destination Wedding
Here's another "something blue" option! Instead of going with a silky material, opt for a lace for a textured, unique look! Photo by Kristen Weaver Photography; From Real Wedding: A Rustic-Elegant Summer Wedding in the Pennsylvania Countryside
If you don't want to stray from the typical white wedding shoes, try on a pair of heels in a different fabric than what is typical. We love these lace pumps! Photo by Maya Myers Photography; From Real Wedding: Malibu Wedding with Gorgeous Views of the Santa Monica Mountains
Another great option is a pair of metallic crystal-encrusted heels in a lovely golden shade. This bride's wedding photos were taken in the snow, so the glam really pops against the snow! Photo by Vue Photography; From Real Wedding: A Snowy Winter Wedding at the Groom's Family Home in South Carolina
If you're looking for a pair of showstoppers, these are them! The feather details are very unique and fun – they make for a great style for a high-low gown or even a shorter after-party dress! Photo by Milanés Photography; From Real Wedding: Glamorous White & Gold Wedding at a Private Estate in Georgia
If you prefer the classic look, discover inspiration for all-white wedding shoes. Discover expert tips on finding the right shoes for your wedding day, and view the bridal heel styles worn by real brides in our photo galleries.