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How to Buy Wedding Shoes

By Sabah KarimiSHOP.COM Associated Content Writer

Finding a comfortable and fashionable pair of wedding shoes to complement the wedding gown or bridesmaid dress can be challenging. You need to find the ideal balance between your personal style, the comfort level of the shoe and the overall look of your wedding outfit. The best wedding shoes for the bride and bridesmaids will make the wearer feel confident and beautiful, and will also help pull together the entire bridal ensemble to create a picture-perfect look. Here's how to find a stylish pair of wedding shoes for the Big Day.

The Basics

Step 1Kitten Heels: Brides and bridesmaids should consider shoes with a kitten heel to achieve a little height without compromising comfort. A 1 ½-inch or 2-inch heel is usually a safe option.
Step 2Ballet Flats: Stick with ballet flats if you are naturally tall and don't need heels to elongate your figure. Ballet flats are the safest bet for brides and bridesmaids who want to be as comfortable as possible when walking down the aisle.
Step 3Sandals: Sandals with a 2- or 3-inch heel are a good option for brides and bridesmaids. Not only will they help show off a pedicure, they'll also elongate the legs.
Step 4Stiletto Heels: Give the bride or bridesmaids some height with a pair of wedding shoes with a stiletto heel. Stilettos can be 4 inches or taller, but you may need some practice walking on that skinny heel.
Step 5Wedges: Choose clear wedge heels with ankle straps to elongate the legs and draw attention to the dress. A set of wedge shoes decked out in rhinestones or metallic straps can complement almost any type of wedding dress.

The Lingo

Peep Toe: A slightly open toed shoe that reveals only a few toes.
Open Toe: A sandal style that reveals most of the top part of the foot.
Dyeable: Satin or silk shoes that can be dyed various colors to match the wedding dress or accessories.
Sling Back: Shoes with a thicker strap that wraps around the ankle for extra support.
Platforms: Shoes with a raised base to add height.

The Experts

The Knot recommends an elegant, bare heel with small embellishments over the toe and around the ankle strap. Try the Stuart Weitzman ivory satin Gloalign sandals.
Brides.com suggests choosing shoes with flowers and crystal detailing instead of bows, which are becoming less fashionable. Try the Dyeables Cheryl with gemstones across the toe and ankle straps for a stylish touch.

The Brands

Stuart Weitzman A couture shoe designer that offers a variety of high-heeled platform, open-toe and sandal styles for the trend-conscious bride.
Coloriffics Offers a selection of dyeable wedding shoes in peep-toe, open-toe, pointed-toe and wedge sandals. Choose from a variety of elegant and versatile shoes.
Nina Choose from elegant, fashion-forward styles including ankle-wrap sandals, peep-toes and classic pumps that exude feminine charm and elegance.
LifeStride Offers flats and shoes with rubber heels, designed for the bride who prefers something very comfortable and stylish.
Dyeables Wide selection of sandals, elegant flip-flops and embellished heels that can be dyed to match the wedding dress, theme or accessories.

The Price

$: Basic flip-flop and sandal styles cost $20 to $50. Try Coloriffics.
$$: Mid-range styles of sandals, pumps, ankle-strap shoes and stilettos are priced $50 to $150, with dyeable styles typically a little higher than average. These are available in silk, satin and brocade styles. Try Nina or Dyeables.
$$$: Couture wedding shoes can cost $150 or more, and may be embellished with real crystals, premium lace and other items. Some are designed with extra cushioning and padding for comfort. Turn to Stuart Weitzman bridal shoes or to Martinez Valero for couture styles.