chronicles Fashion & Beauty
The most beautiful, sought-after labels and styles
For the perfect wedding shoes
Stylish shoes to walk you down the aisle
by Giorgia Torsello
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Once you’ve found your perfect dress, you’ll finally be able to spend some time hunting for Wedding Shoes. Everyone knows shoe shopping is women’s favorite pastime. When it comes to choosing the right pair of shoes for your big day, you need to define your style, consider your venue, and think about comfort.
With short and simple dresses, you can wear fabulous, brightly colored fashionable footwear, while if you’re wearing a long dress made with delicate fabrics you should opt for plain shoes so that you minimize the risk of catching and tearing your dress. If you’re having an outdoor wedding, a beach or garden ceremony, high heels are a no no. It’s best to go for chunky block heels, such as platforms, so your heels don’t sink into the grass – unless you find the perfect heel protectors, that is. No matter how much you value style, comfort is of essence. Remember you want to look graceful when walking down the aisle. Keep in mind that you could change into a pair of comfortable flats after the drinks reception, if you so wish.
If you’re looking for the perfect wedding shoes for your wedding day, you’re bound to fall in love with one or more of the labels in our round-up below. We’ve picked a range of styles, models and colors for all types of ceremony, venue and budget.
Carrie Bradshaw, the protagonist of the hit series Sex & The City, proudly strolls the streets of The Big Apple in her sophisticated Manolo Blahnik heels. This London-based brand has become legendary among fashionistas worldwide (including Anna Wintour), with gorgeous shoes synonymous with luxury and timeless femininity. Hangisli, Lurum and Maysale are cult styles, much loved by brides-to-be seeking the perfect wedding shoes.
The brainchild of designer Edgardo Osorio, Italian shoe label Aquazzurra takes its name from the crystal-clear waters of Capri, evoking all the bliss of La Dolce Vita. With their bright palettes, playful details and sensual silhouettes, combined with high quality craftsmanship and a comfortable fit, Aquazzurra shoes are a hit among socialites, influencers and celebrities. The label also offers exclusive made-to-measure wedding shoes to satisfy the most demanding of women.
Son of Italian shoe designer Sergio Rossi, Gianvito Rossi is behind this eponymous Italian footwear label. Providing durability and comfort, his footwear is made with the greatest attention to quality and craftsmanship, with shoes handmade exclusively in Italy using the finest materials available. Classic must-haves, extremely feminine but with a modern design and seductive details. There’s an ample Bridal section that includes his classic Portofino sandals and pointed toe stilettos made from leather and PVC.
With their instantly recognizable glossy red soles, Christian Louboutin’s dizzying, sexy shoes combine Parisian charm and Italian savoir faire. Whether paint-lacquered, studded, embellished with feathers, rhinestones, crystals and bows, each model is a veritable work of art exuding pure creativity. The designer draws inspiration from a wealth of experiences, including his love of art and travel, infusing it all into his wonderful creations.
Renowned for inventing stilettos, Roger Vivier founded his French namesake luxury footwear label, which creates luxurious, elegant and sophisticated shoes for the most demanding of women. To this day, the Maison is famous for its iconic Virgule Heel, its timeless ballet flats, Belle Vivier pumps and Flower Strass, with their iconic chrome-plated and crystal-embellished buckles. Roger Vivier creations have made and continue to make history.
‘That jewel of a shoe’. This family business has seen three generations of visionary Venetian men marry the world of haute couture and footwear. Featuring a riot of colors, lights and crystals, these precious creations are made with utmost care and attention to detail using avantgarde techniques and high-quality materials, enveloping the feet, and enhancing and slimming down the silhouette. The perfect choice to feel even more beautiful and radiant on your special day.
The most popular shoe designer of the moment, Amina Muaddi is a standout hit on social media feeds, with statement party shoes that are designed in Paris and produced in Italy. The young Jordanian designer creates fun, contemporary Cinderella shoes that burst with modern glamour. Designed for women who want to be fashionable without sacrificing comfort, Amina Muaddi shoes have distinctive retro-style fluted heels crafted to make the wearer feel confident and physically more stable.
One of the world’s most acclaimed and influential luxury footwear labels, Jimmy Choo is adored by celebrities. His footwear has dressed celebrities such as Princess Diana in the ’90s and, more recently, JLo. The label’s extensive, irresistible collections are designed for the modern woman – women who are multifaceted, strong and sophisticated. There are plenty of bridal options to choose from, including Lance, Jimmy Choo’s iconic classic leather sandals featuring delicate straps that elegantly encase the foot, enhancing the sandal’s soft lines.
This high fashion label offering clothing, footwear, bags and accessories is Prada’s younger, rebellious witty little sister, a modern Lolita-style brand named after founder Miuccia’s childhood nickname. Avantgarde, trendy and irreverent, Miu Miu is half couture and half street style – girly but with obvious historical and masculine influences. The brand’s cheerful and extravagant shoes are characterized by bright prints, decorated heels and exaggerated silhouettes.
British designer Sophia Webster’s rise to fashion stardom came shortly after she founded her eponymous brand in 2012. Known for her playful and eccentric laser-cut designs with a romantic aesthetic, her instantly recognizable creations exude a fairytale aura, making them the perfect choice for women who want to be the center of attention. Brides-to-be can make the most of the personalized “Wifey For Lifey” experience to find the perfect shoes for their special day, available both online and at the label’s Sloane Avenue store in London.
In operation for nearly one hundred years, this Spanish label owes its success to espadrilles, transforming the country’s national shoe into sophisticated, timelessly chic footwear. In 1970, Castañer made history with Yves Saint Laurent, creating the first wedge espadrille. Since then, his famous canvas and hand-woven rope shoes have evolved with fresh embroidery designs and patterns, making them the ideal choice for a summer beach wedding.
Since the ’60s, Valentino has dazzled with his exquisitely Italian style, culture and class, creating lines of clothing, bags, footwear and a range of other luxurious lifestyle products. Made with the highest quality materials, Valentino shoes are both elegant and immortal, dynamic and urban, always in line with the latest trends. Created for bold, independent women, the label’s Rockstud series – sandals, slingback courts and flats – exude a punk-rock vibe.
British brand Malone Souliers has become a favorite among the jet set with its graceful, meticulously handcrafted shoes featuring perfect proportions and an impeccable fit. Inspired by the ’50s and ’70s, the designs come in a color blocking palette, with stiletto heels and clean lines that follow the foot’s natural curve. The signature Maureen mules are divine – take a look at those with contrasting straps.
A global leader in designer footwear, Stuart Weitzman has devoted his life to creating the perfect shoe to enhance the figure and positively affect the mood of the wearer. The label’s affordable collections include pumps, sandals and thigh boots featuring a feminine but minimal and functional design where comfort and the perfect fit are of essence. The American shoe designer and entrepreneur creates timeless classics for women of any age. You can’t go wrong with the label’s Anny 105 pumps.
Talented Italian designer and creative Giuseppe Zanotti is behind his namesake label renowned for its sexy, baroque and rock & roll-inspired creations. Sculptures rather than shoes, the label’s beautifully constructed and embellished shoes are original and opulent, with intricate details and mind-blowing heels that defy gravity. Flashy and simply gorgeous, these objects of desire are the perfect solution if you’re seeking to impress your guests on your special day.
Dolce & Gabbana
This iconic ultra-feminine label creates timeless, glamorous collections inspired by the Italian peninsula, in particular Sicily and the Med. Designed for romantic, passionate women who are provocative and full of energy, Dolce & Gabbana shoes envelop the silhouette with a pinch of retro. The creations are embellished with baroque-style decorations, pretty laces and floral prints that echo the D&G style.