Fashionable Wedding Footwear: A Lesson from the Catwalk
Opting for a catwalk inspired look does not have to mean spending a fortune on designer branded goods. The high street is so quick to interpret the latest runway styles that, more often than not, you can get a more wearable version of your favourite designer pieces at a snip of the price just a couple of weeks after they hit the runway. And the same is true for footwear. So for designer wedding shoes, or for shoes that at least look like they might be worthy of Louis Vuitton or Louboutin, we’ve been hitting our favourite high street stores to select the cream of the footwear crop this summer.
Always start by narrowing down your field of inspiration. When it comes to wedding footwear, few designers know the market better than those who work at top brand Gina. So after giving the website a quick once over, we established the trends: tall, glitzy with a platform sole. Bridal footwear is working a distinctly cinderella inspired look this season. But instead of paying hundreds, or even thousands, of pounds on your wear-once-only wedding shoes, we’ve found the designer-inspired alternative at Next in the form of the Silver Sparkle Peep Toe Court Shoe (pictured), on offer at just £32. You can see their full range of designer wedding shoes online.
Given that your wedding dress is likely to be floor length, it’s often the case that no-one gets much of a look at your bridal footwear at all. With this in mind, it can be fun to play around with colour. But instead of going for a bright blue shoe or a turquoise stiletto, why not stick to one with a cream base and colourful embellishments? These embellishments could come in the form of coloured marcasite crystals applied to the fabric of the shoe or embroidered colourful designs worked into a print.
The most important factor, however, is to be realistic about both your budget and the likelihood that you will ever wear these shoes again. If you’re going for something versatile that won’t simply scream ‘bridal wear’ whenever you put them on in future, then by all means splash out on an expensive brand. But for a wear-once-only style, you’re better off keeping things to a tighter budget and saving your cash for the honeymoon.