Fabulous footwear is a crucial part of your wedding outfit. The right pair of shoes peeping from beneath your dress can add a unique twist, from flirty to punk to playful, depending on your taste. Unlike the dress, you can wear wedding shoes more than once, so it pays to splash out. If you’re still looking for your dream shoes, start with these five fantastic designers.
Manolo Blahnik is almost as well known for being Carrie Bradshaw from Sex & the City’s favourite shoe designer as he is for his real-life achievements. It just goes to show that his shoes are incredible enough to transcend fact and fiction. Known for his ultra-feminine stiletto heels, Blahnik’s shoes are timeless examples of perfect craft. Shop the dainty, bejewelled wedding collection, or choose show-stopping colours from a seasonal collection.
Terry de Havilland
For a throwback to classic disco style, go to de Havilland, the man who practically invented the era-defining platform shoes. Look for chunky heeled platforms in glitzy gold leather, or fantastic 70s-style ankle boots with silver lightening bolts. De Hav wedges are a perfect, wearable look for a summer beach wedding. The Margaux in silver would look incredible with a filmy white dress — and be comfortable enough to get you from the ceremony through the reception.
The darling of modern fashionistas, Charlotte Olympia is famed for her stiletto heels with mini-platforms on the front of the shoe, adding even more dizzying height. Her seasonal collections are known for quirky themes ranging from astrology to chintzy florals. The wedding collection is equally entertaining. It includes high-heels with kitten faces and towering stiletto lace-up sandals with dainty scalloped edges.
If you want everyone to know what designer you’re wearing, choose Louboutin. His signature fire-engine red soles are unmistakable, and will be a gorgeous pop of colour beneath your dress. Choose a pair of his sky-high stilettos for a super-chic ceremony, then change into a pair of mid or kitten heel pumps to celebrate the rest of your day in comfort. Break the usual wedding mould by choosing a pair adorned with sequins, studs, or even pompoms.
The enfant terrible of British fashion is, sadly, no longer with us but McQueen’s legacy lives on in his provocative fashion house. McQueen shoes are functional works of art, bursting with wit and imagination. They mix striking visual elements such as uniquely curved heels, with luxurious materials and a sense of humour. Not everyone can wear McQueen. But those who do, shine. Invest in a pair of his shoes if you want a piece every bit as creative, individual and bold as you.
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