These alternative wedding shoes will help you walk down the aisle…in style
They say every wedding should have something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue. But my advice is that you skip the old and new and incorporate the unconventional. Styling your outfit for your special day involves dressing yourself, coordinating with your partner and your bridal party. So, for your viewing (and shopping!) pleasure, I’ve put together a list of my – you got it! – favorite five for this Friday’s Faves, so you can style your trip down the aisle in footwear that’s both comfortable and completely unexpected.
1. Saddle Shoes and Brogue Booties – The combination of brogues and saddle shoes means you have a choice: heel or flat? If posh is your spice, then go with Oxford lace-up style booties with brogue detailing. If you’d like to keep anchored and your foot sure and poised as you walk steadily toward your love, go with a saddle shoe. No less for the detailing but with lots of comfort, from the first dance to the last.
2. Steampunk Boots and Dr. Martens – The great thing about steampunk styled boots and Dr. Martens is that they hide so well under a dress. Then when it’s time for photos or the big reveal, just hike up that skirt a bit and surprise ’em!
Photographer: Eve Prime
3. High Top Velcros and Converse – Not to pick favorites, but these just might be mine. With their 80s throwback flair, this footwear would not be out of place at skateparks and sidewalk dance-offs. You don’t have to leave your casual style at home – creative couples are pairing street style with fancy-shmancy wedding attire. When was the last time you had a pair of fave kicks? High school? Getting jiggy with it in the 90s (anyone, anyone?)? I especially love the contrast of an elegant gown or a pair of well-tailored dress pants with a playful splash of unexpected color. And if you find some wedge high tops you don’t have to sacrifice height to make an impression.
Photographer: Emily Wren Photography
4. Lace Toms – This is a fantastic alternative wedding shoe because, as you may know, the Toms mission is one that’s easy to embrace – One for One, anyone? Wear these on the day that you celebrate your love and it’s like a double-shot of awesomeness! Lace and Crochet Toms are just one of their bazillion styles; they’re pretty enough to peek out from under a formal gown yet dressed-down enough for short, casual reception dress. And bonus: Wearing these you can be kind to your feet and still join in on every dance rather than skip out for a break.
Photographer: Rachel Ledbetter
5. Barefoot Beach Sandals – Ok, so these aren’t real shoes and if you try to wear them into a convenient store you’ll probably get kicked out. (No shirt, no shoes…) You’ll want some flip-flops for indoor use and walking down the street, but these barely-there sandals are made for the sand. If you’re having a beach ceremony (or if you’re channeling your inner-wooded-fairy-themed-wedding) you can dig your toes into the warm sand while you’re getting hitched. It’s like starting the honeymoon early! Flip-flops can be cumbersome and absolutely no one wants to wear shoes in the sand. Why not show off your pedicure in barefoot sandals instead?
Which shoe will you wear when you say ‘I do’? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!