The thing about donning shoes down the aisle in wedding white is that you could end up owning a super-chic pair of heels you might never wear again. However, opting to wear your "something blue" below your ankles ensures you'll end up with a wearable pair of investment sandals, pumps, or mules.
At first glance, it takes a daring bride to sport a shoe in a bold hue, but under a full-length gown where only the faintest hint will be exposed, consider this a way to beat the bridal system—and land shoes you're lusting after in your closet. Here, the best "something blue" shoes—from the lightest pastels to borderline black—to shop now.
Opt for one of the most classic bridal styles—the lace pump—with a hint of "something blue."
When it comes to bridal, pastels aren't required. Dare to be different—especially if you're opting for a short, stark white look—with a jewel-toned pump. Extra points given for a bold brooch, a statement heel, or both.
When in doubt? Go classic—with a twist.
A shoe you'll wear again, won't sink in the grass, and will make you look like you have legs for days? This shoe is Exhibit A.
The telltale sign of a fashion bride? To-die-for mules.
Finish off a beach or garden party look with a sweet pair of "something blue" mules that look effortlessly chic and can be easily tossed off for a quick jaunt in the grass or the sand.
Rehearsal dinners, welcome events, and afterparties are the time to invest in shoes you're dying to splurge on, but simply need a reason to purchase. A metallic dress in any shade of silver is your excuse to add these to your cart.
An aisle-worthy shoe does not require a stiletto, or even a super-high heel height. Choose options you can spend the entire day (and night) in. Go bold with your color choice if you're daring enough to opt for a gown with a subtle floral print.
Invest in shoes you'll want to wear for key holidays and parties post-wedding. You can thank us later.
For rehearsal and welcome parties, go super femme—accent a pastel or floral look with ladylike mules in a complementary pattern.
A sweet mule gives the illusion of a pointed toe pump, and the comfort of a slide.
For a statement pump that feels outside-the-box yet still black tie, rich velvet and a diamante brooch are foolproof.
Not so mod? Go for a glitter-encrusted stiletto that doubles as a "something blue."
Black and navy evening shoes are undeniably chic with a structured wedding gown, and make for stellar investments to don with black tie looks when you're out as newlyweds.
Kitten heels, bows, and super-light pastels feel ultra feminine and work best with midi and tea length hemlines.
Take one of fashion's go-to It-girl shoes and make it bridal.
Lady shoes are making a comeback, as are lady bags; wear them with riffs on suiting, menswear, and minimal silhouettes.
A dark-toned shoe is most flattering when its silhouette is minimal. If your legs don't go on for days, keep the shape dainty and simple; aim for a crystal accent to make the shoe feel special.
Some brides are looking for the modern version of a fairy tale. Your chic version of Cinderella's glass slipper? These slingbacks.
...but for the bride who wants to be more Carrie Bradshaw than Disney princess? Opt for the shoe Mr. Big used to propose.
Worried these aren't "bridal" enough? Dare to be different and think outside the box when it comes to your aisle style.
Barely-there sandals will make you look like you have legs for days and give you the height you need to stun in a super-long gown.
Sweet, chic, yet sexy mules like these are the type of shoe you're going to want to show off. Save them for the midi dress you plan to wear to your welcome dinner, or for that midi you'll stun in at the afterparty.
PVC feels futuristic and sleek. Pair it with the right gowns—think asymmetrical, elongated and sharp.
Worried that a satin shoe won't withstand the terrain of your outdoor wedding? Meet the suede evening shoe, your new best friend.
Looking for a discontinued shoe from a past collection? Head to The OutNet, which just launched a wedding shop and retails designer must-haves once they're out of stores for half the price.