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Top 10 Wedge Bridal Shoes
Wedding Wedges Balance Beauty and Ease
Want some height on your wedding day without stumbling on stilletos? Wedge bridal shoes are the perfect solution. Sleek, sophisticated, and every bit as special as their spike-heeled cousins, these shoes are gorgeous enough to pair with your wedding gown, but comfortable enough to walk the aisle, greet guests, and dance 'til you drop. Some were created expressly for brides, while others are special occasion styles that work beautifully as wedge bridal shoes.
I remember struggling more to find the right wedding shoes than gown or veil. Ultimately I chose a gracefully curved two-inch heel to go with my late-'30s wedding dress, but in retrospect, an ivory wedge could have worked, too, especially one with vintage touches like a soft bow or lace detail.
On the other hand, some of the shoes on this page are modern enough for sleek contemporary style gowns.
Here, a handpicked top 10 for the big day...
(pictured: the "Cinnamon" by Something Bleu)
In white, ivory, silver, champagne (way to cover all the bridal neutrals!) and siren red
Many pretty wedges are not dressy enough for a typical wedding ceremony. The heel is the key. Unless your nuptials will be on the casual side, you will want to avoid wood, cork or rope-covered heels in favor of metallic or fabric-covered ones.
Ivory, white, silver, champagne (plus pink, red, blue)
Wear 'em again?
While I packed my vintage-looking wedding shoes away, thinking them too delicate for an encore, a relatively sturdier wedge shoe could have a second life, especially if you can dye it. Wedding wedges could be fab with chicer maxidresses and jumpsuits at parties to come. Or how great might they look with a flowing, wide-legged, 1940s inspired pant in black, white or ivory?
Intuitively, wedges seem gentler than the stilletos that podiatrists call "shoe-icide." The wrinkle in this theory, says Webmd, is the rigid foot bed common to wedge shoes. For one special day? I say go for it.
In white and black
How to clean satin shoes...
Weddings can be messy, especially receptions. To clean your shoes afterward, try Oxyclean powder + as little water as possible, then dry quickly with a cloth or hairdryer. Too scared to try DIY? Bring your treasures to a reputable local cobbler for advice.
Other options for comfort...
Wedge styles may be the best choice if you're looking for some height to help you out with that gorgeous floor-length gown. But there are other walkable options for brides, too:
Kitten heels: Oh so Audrey Hepburn, and more readily available now than in recent years, perhaps due to the comeback of early '60s style via "Mad Men." This look is especially great with a tea-length bridal gown (coming down to about midcalf) but can work with full length as well. If your tootsies can handle a bit of point, choose at least a gently pointed toe to elongate the leg.
Balleriina flats: Many brides step into these, and out of a towering heel, for their reception. But if your wedding dress sweeps the floor, nobody will notice your shoes anyway, so why not go for the ultimate underneath-it-all comfort level and pick a pair of white or ivory satin flats? Some upscale labels are even making these with lace and rhinestones -- special enough to show the world.
Block heeled pumps, sandals or booties: If you want a heel but not stiletto, you might try a chunky-high-heeled shoe of some sort. The challenge here is finding one that feels bridal enough, but if you're going with nontraditional attire like a short, minimalistic sheath or clean-lined architectural type gown, this could work.
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What kind of heel will you wear for your wedding?
Yes or no?
Wedges add height, slim the ankles, and won't sink into grass at outdoor events. In my book, they're a great pick for brides. But not everyone is in love with the look. Want more perspectives? Check out the varied comments under Glamour's "I Do or I Don't" column.