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Top 10 Wedge Bridal Shoes

Updated on September 10, 2014
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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)

ElegantPark EP2003 Women Wedges Heel Rhinestones Closed Toe Pumps Satin Wedding Evening Dress Shoes White US 9
ElegantPark EP2003 Women Wedges Heel Rhinestones Closed Toe Pumps Satin Wedding Evening Dress Shoes White US 9

In white, ivory, silver, champagne (way to cover all the bridal neutrals!) and siren red

 

Tip:

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.

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.

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?

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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.

Have any of these wedge bridal shoes captured your heart? Which pair?

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      aritahime 3 years ago

      nice lens! I desperately need inspirations for my wedding shoes.

      my wedding is 3 months to go, and I still don't have the shoes yet.

      Oh God help me!

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      Anna 3 years ago from chichester

      Wow I'd never thought of wedges for a wedding day, I might get both and do a cheeky shoe change half way through! They would certainly be way more comfy on the dance floor...

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      hmm good inforamtion

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      anonymous 3 years ago

      hmm good inforamtion

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      RaffinatoBridal 4 years ago

      Great lens! Wedges are such a good idea for those garden weddings especially, so you don't sink into the grass! Can be really hard to find wedding appropriate wedges!

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      SquidooTutorials 4 years ago

      I like Kelsi Dagger Women's Cadya Clog,Nude Satin,7 M US the most:) Beautiful lens:)

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      dellgirl 4 years ago

      I love this lens, nice work. You have shared a beautiful selection of 'wedge bridal shoes'. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mary 4 years ago from Chicago area

      @anonymous: I'm not great at it either!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Excellent lens!

      I Liking the information here exposed.

      Thanks for sharing!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      kitten is best because i can't walk in heels

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      nicolekato 4 years ago

      Oh my goodness. This is amazing. I love wedges (mostly because they're easier to walk in). This list gave me some great ideas. Thanks!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      am not so fond of wedge heels, but will try in my wedding if my fiancee aloud me, by the way he's very tall.

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      nognat 4 years ago

      Great choice of shoes! Really a good collection!!!

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      myspace9 4 years ago

      Pretty shoes for brides, nice lens.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      There are some very beautiful shoes for brides, I make wedding dresses and it is usually the most difficult thing for a bride to choose after a dress.

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      There are some very beautiful shoes for brides, I make wedding dresses and it is usually the most difficult thing for a bride to choose after a dress.

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      kathysart 4 years ago

      Ahh to be a bride. I guess that time has passed me ore.

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      iunwindyourmind 4 years ago

      prettyyyyyy :)

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      These suggestions are really nice

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      These suggestions are really nice

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 4 years ago from United States

      These are really beautiful bridal shoe suggestions!