Thanks to the impending royal nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, wedding mania is set to reach fever pitch in 2018. If you’re tying the knot this year and have already found the dream dress, the perfect bridal shoes should be next on the agenda. While certain parts of wedding planning (table plan, we’re looking at you) can be stressful, creating the perfect wedding outfit is one of the most fun, so enjoy it. Like the aforementioned dress, finding those just right wedding shoes isn’t always easy, but we’re here to help with our edit of ‘I Do’ shoes to suit every bridal style…
If you don’t usually do a high heel, your wedding day is not the time to experiment! You’re going to be on your feet for a long time, so comfort is key. Luckily, you can have your (wedding) cake and eat it on that front with a whole host of flat or low-heeled options available for your big day. Glossy gold straps lend Kurt Geiger Hays that extra special touch, while a cylindrical shape adds elegance to the block heel. If you’re in the market for a style you’ll wear long after the wedding is over, this is it – they’ll look great with denim off-duty.
Don’t disregard the classic court as a ‘safe’ choice. Kurt Geiger’s iconic 'Britton' has had a wedding-ready refresh in bright white. The signature gold cigarette heel elevates the minimal court shape, adding that all-important element of luxury essential to every wedding day outfit. For a modern bridal look, they make the perfect partner for knee-skimming shift dresses or tailored jumpsuits.
Of course, white isn’t your only wedding option. Have your very own Carrie Bradshaw moment (and tick off your something blue at the same time) with Kurt Geiger’s sapphire 'Stratton' slingbacks and 'Bond' courts, or, for an on-trend pastel hue, try the suede Kurt Geiger 'Langley' style. When you don’t want to go white but can’t commit to a colour, metallic styles are a no-brainer. The minimalist two-strap design of Carvela 'Glimmer' will work with almost any style of dress, but if you feel more secure in a sturdier heel try the block-heeled, jewel encrusted Carvela 'Gianni' instead.
Once upon a time, if you said you were planning on wearing trainers with your wedding dress, your bridesmaids would have probably staged an intervention. Now, sneaks reign supreme for off-duty and special occasions alike, making them a perfectly acceptable bridal option – and not just for when you’ve ditched your heels for the party bit either. Rose gold snakeskin upgrades the classic lace-up to make Carvela 'Jupiter' a sophisticated sneaker worthy of any bride, while the minimalist design of Kurt Geiger 'Lane' provides the ultimate understated cool option. Go on, rip up the wedding rule book.
Once you’ve said ‘I do’ to your perfect pair of bridal shoes, you’re going to need a bag to provide the perfect finishing touch. Obviously you’re not going to be walking down the aisle with a tote on your arm, but clutches and mini bags are the perfect size to stash those wedding day essentials. Read: gum, mirror and lipstick for touch-ups. Anything else, give it to your bridesmaids, it’s their duty. Try the lurex 'Mini Kensington' bag or a sleek box clutch.
A final word of advice: wear your wedding shoes around the house a few times before the day itself, but resist doing so with chunky socks – you don’t want to overstretch them. Oh, and who cares if you can’t even see them under your dress; it’s all about feeling good. Plus, hitching up your gown to show off some amazing bridal shoes makes for a fabulous photo op.