Breaking the “White Bridal Shoe” trend

Remember when Queen Victoria was the first to wear a white wedding dress?  Well, you know she had to have white shoes too.

We see it all the time – the photo of the bride hiking up her dress so we can see her shoes.

OK Brides – let’s snap the trend and go for something different.  I know there have been strides over the years, but I still see SO many brides wearing the white shoe with their white wedding dress.  Here’s a few of the white bridal shoes throughout the years.

Bridal shoes throughout the years

Unless you’re walking on a sandy white beach, you’re going to need bridal shoes.  They can be bought before or after the wedding dress.  Some brides will choose to match the dress to the shoes and some the shoes to the dress.  Regardless of which order you purchase the dress and shoes – think outside the trend.

DO try on shoes and make sure you can walk in them.
DON’T buy shoes that are not comfortable

DO purchase a shoe with a heel height you can manage.  Flats are super cute and you can wear them your entire wedding day.
DON’T purchase a shoe with a heel height you’ve never worn before.  Your wedding day is not the time to practice walking in 4” high heels if you have only worn sneakers your entire life.

DO get a shoe that is easy to slip on (or take off)
DON’T get a shoe that takes you 45 minutes to put on (like those old boots you need the button hook to close them up)

DO purchase a shoe that reflects your style and/or personality.  We love bold prints and colors.


DON’T sacrifice getting a shoe style/pattern you don’t love.  You’ll regret it in 5-10+ years when you look back at your photos.

DO practice wearing your shoes.  Wear them around the house and practice walking on carpet, hard floors, and up and down stairs.
DON’T think you’re going to slip on your shoes for the first time on your wedding day.  Can you say BLISTERS?!

DO bring accessories for your shoes, such as arch inserts, heel protectors, clear nail polish (to dab on loose threads), and saran wrap to wrap around buckles that itch.


DON’T buy shoes with sharp edges or pointy bling.  They can snag the inside of your dress hem.

DO bring your shoes to your wedding dress alternation fitting.  You don’t want to trip on your dress cause your heels are shorter than the dress hem.
DON’T get a stiletto heel if you’re walking down a grass aisle.

DO purchase a pair of shoes that you can wear again.  No sense in buying a pair of shoes you wear for one day.
DON’T be afraid to get shoes that aren’t shoes.  Cowboys boots, sequined sneakers, and fancy slippers are great alternatives.

Other shoes we love.

For more ideas – check out some of our favorite shoes on our Pinterest SHOE Page