When it comes to designer bridal shoes for your wedding there are a handful of specific designers that we see brides wear over and over again. And clearly designers have kept winning designs around for many seasons with only minor tweaks – brides love them so much!
Some of these designers have even carved out a niche market; they’ve built out a bridal section on their website and are now dominating in the bridal footwear arena.
Bridal Shoe Help
When my cousin got engaged, I let her know that if she needed any help with her wedding planning from afar, to simply email me and ask. I like to think that running a wedding blog means I have a little bit of extra knowledge and insight into what’s going on in the wedding industry!
A month and a half before her wedding day my cousin sent me a quick IM asking if ‘I knew of any good websites to buy wedding shoes’. I responded with my recommendation, and then I thought about how many other brides there must be who have the very same thought.
It inspired me to keep this post updated regularly to help other brides in their search.
A Discussion on Price
There are a few staples that every woman should have in her wardrobe. Designer shoes are one of them!
Spending $500 on a pair of exquisite heels is probably not an annual purchase for most of us. When it comes to wedding day attire, splurging on a new pair of designer label pumps is completely acceptable – a right of passage moment in life. Mums the word if your groom-to-be asks the actual price. 😉
If you are a bride on a budget though, don’t panic, some designers have even gone as far as creating an affordable line (some even look like knock-offs of high end designer shoes), so that all brides are able to strut down the aisle and say I-Do’s in fancy new shoes.
List of Top Bridal Shoes 2021
Where is a good place to start looking for bridal shoes online, you ask?
- For more reasonably priced shoes check out Zappos and their massive selection. They have their very own wedding boutique section for bridal shoes that includes 709+ reasonably priced options. Prices mainly fall between the $45-$200 price mark. They carry brands like Stuart Weitzman, Betsy Johnson, Adrianna Papell, Nina, Lauren Lorraine, Ted Baker and Imagine Vince Camuto. They even carry a few high end designers like Sergio Rossi who has a $1660 pair of heels!
- Looking for higher end designer brands? Your best bet is Nordstroms. They have their own wedding shoe section and carry over 395+ different designer wedding shoes like Jimmy Choo, Valentino, Manolo Blahnik, Christian Louboutin, as well as, Stuart Weitzman, Kate Spade New York, Benjamin Adams London, Nina, Guiseppe Zanotti and LK Bennett, etc.
Let’s get down to business and have some fun oogling over popular sexy bridal shoes! Here is our list of our top 16 most popular bridal shoes designers as featured on L&L.
Bride on a Budget
Keep in Mind: Some shoes may no longer be available
Styles / colors may vary by season
Nina Footwear was originally founded in America in 1953 by two emigrants brother from Cuba and caters to the customer looking for accessible luxury and everyday glamour.
Nina has a wide range of shoes for any occasion, making them the perfect pick for brides on a budget or for a bride who would like to splurge a little. If you are looking for shoes for flower girls, mother-of-the-bride, and bridesmaids shoes, Nina is the place to shop.
You may not think of TOMS as a wedding shoe company (at least I didn’t), but seeing some of there wedding flats I am definitely a fan – a perfect flat that gives back. That’s because for every product purchased, Toms will help a person in need.
3. Tieks by Gavrieli
Made from the finest Italian leathers (or vegan textiles), these Tieks flats with their noticeable turquoise soles, take over 150 steps to put together and nearly three days to make. They are extremely comfortable, perfect for footwear photo opportunities at your wedding or for dancing the night away, and great for honeymoon travel afterwards.
Read more about these flats in our Tieks review here.
4. Blue by Betsy Johnson
American design icon Betsey Johnson’s first bridal footwear collection. For the fashion forward, modern bride who looks for playful, elegant, and sexy footwear for her big day.
Bonus: Signature blue soles for your something blue!
5. Keds for Kate Spade
Iconic Keds shoes has partnered with Kate Spade New York (more below) to bring these glittering pink sneakers to the wedding runway. Browse a selection of Keds on Zappos and see if a pair of Keds catches your eye.
We think they’re a cute, fun, and affordable addition to your wedding day attire. Sure, they’re not the glam designer heels that some brides choose to wear on their feet, but they will offer a lot more support than heels and make your feet feel a whole lot better by the end of the night.
6. Adrianna Papell
Usually when we see the name Adrianna Papell go across our screens it’s because a bridesmaid in a real wedding we are featuring is donning one of her gorgeous beaded gowns. Just check out our Pinterest pin and you will see what we are talking about!
So when we saw that Adrianna Papell is now making bridal shoes at an affordable price, we couldn’t wait to share.
Adrianna Papell, was founded in New York in 1979 and is respected to be one of the world’s most respected ready-to-wear brands.
Although you might think “Hey wait a minute ALDO is a shoe store and this article was suppose to be on bridal shoe designers!” Well, in fact, they are a shoe designer that specializes in high-quality fashion footwear at an extremely high rate.
There are new products in stores every month, so if you find something you like, don’t wait to long to buy.
For brides on a budget, ALDO is worth checking out.
8. Steve Madden
Inspired by rock and roll and his New York roots, what began as a $1100 investment in 1990 developed into one of the most iconic brands in footwear. From a factory in Queens, Steve Madden revolutionized the shoe industry by merging his years of experience with creative and unique designs. His vision is to provide an outlet for on-trend customers with a way to express their individuality.
“My Shoes have a Budget” ($200-$499)
9. Badgley Mischka
Badgley Mischka turns 1940s Hollywood glamour inspiration into modern couture. While best known for their evening wear, they also have one of the most extensive bridal shoe ranges going. We see Badgley Mischka shoes constantly in real weddings, making them a go-to shoe designer for bridal footwear.
10. Kate Spade
Crisp color, graphic prints, and playful sophistication that includes bows and sparkles. If you are looking for something a little whimsical then Kate Spade should be at the top of your designer bridal shoe list.
11. Stuart Weitzman
Another wedding shoe designer that we love is Stuart Weitzman. With over 30 years of shoe making experience, their many happy customers and fans love them too!
A bridal collection ranges in styles from sassy to sophisticated, and all with an incredibly flattering fit.
12. Ted Baker
Since launching in 1988 as a shirt specialist in Glasgow, Ted Baker has quickly become one of the UK’s leading fashion retailers. They offer a gorgeous range of elegant shoes with a feminine flair, especially when they include their signature Ted bow detailing.
Be sure to check around February-March as the last few years they have launched a footwear collection called ‘Tie the Knot’ that only seems to pop up around early spring. Although you can also find a beautiful pair both at both Ted Baker London or Nordstrom all year round.
Full Splurge Bride ($500+)
One of the worlds most legendary luxury brands, treat yourself to a pair of Valentino shoes you can wear for years to come. I just love how the word ‘Valentino’ rolls off my tongue so effortlessly. Go ahead and try it yourself – Valentino! Not only does the name sound awesome, but their wedding shoes are a favorite among stylish brides.
Warning: these luxury pumps are the start to many shoe addictions – be careful!
Featuring patent leather, soft neutral tones, and strappy sandals, we simply love this Valentino pump.
14. Manolo Blahnik
Sex in the City fans will appreciate these shoes! Manolo Blahnik is one of the world’s most influential footwear designers.
And, if the Hangisi satin pumps in cobalt blue are good enough for Carrie Bradshaw to seal her proposal in lieu of an engagement ring, than they are definitely worthy of our bridal feet!
15. Jimmy Choo
We could just stop writing after just those two iconic words, and you would likely know all there is about one of the most popular shoes for a high-end bride looking to splurge.
There is a certain style and elegance to these designer bridal heels that really makes my inner shoe goddess come alive!
From the Hollywood glamour of crystal embellished pump to strappy sandals, Jimmy Choo is a beautiful shoe choice for your wedding day.
Read More: 12 Jimmy Choo Wedding Shoes: Sassy Style
16. Christian Louboutin
You know the name and have likely seen the soles. Christian Louboutin is a French fashion designer whose footwear incorporates signature eye catching high shine together with red-lacquered bottoms. Definitely a right of passage shoe label that will last you a lifetime!
Tips for Picking Designer Bridal Shoes
- Choose a heel height that you are most comfortable walking in. A wider heel base provides more stability and support.
- Bring your shoes to your dress fitting to ensure the hemline will be the right length.
- Break-in shoes long before the big day. If they seem a little tight, wear socks to slightly stretch them out.
- New shoes can sometimes be slippery. Avoid red carpet mishaps by scuffing the bottom soles with sand paper, providing more traction.
- Wearing heels from the ceremony until the last dance can be a long time. Have a back up pair of flats that you can wear just in case.
- Whether you decide to splurge or buy a pair of shoes off the clearance rack, pick a pair of shoes that are sensible and that you can wear more than once.
Which Designer Shoes?
Will you be wearing any of the popular designer bridal heels listed above on your wedding day?
Let us know in the comment section below!