If you have followed my blog posts here and here on bridal shoes (in French but shoes are international babe so don’t worry), you will know by now that it’s a struggle for me. During the hunt, I have came across a lot of brands who specialize in bridal shoes or at least have a full dedicated range for it. In this blog post, I will share my best finds. At the end, I will give some practical advices on how to choose your bridal shoes.
All of them are well known ; except (maybe) Badgley Mischka (at least in Europe). I have made this selection to make it easy for anybody around the world to be able to find at least one of the brands.
But first, some background check.
Owner/creative director: Manolo Blahnik
Date of Birth : 1970
Country : England
Shops : +300 shops + online
In the website, there is a bridal/wedding section. The iconic Hangisi and BB exist for bridals. There is a good number of pairs in white, off white or even royal blue. Manolo has less choice than the others.
© Manolo Blahnik
Owner/creative director: Sophia Webster
Date of Birth : 2012
Country : England
Shops : 2 shops in London + 160 stockists (department stores…) + online
The brand has also a bridal line including the iconic Chiara (butterfly ankle) and the Wifey for Lifey ones. The sole of the majority of the bridal shoes has the inscription « Wifey for Lifey ». I find the style of this brand more funky and authentique. It’s definitely one of the brands that I love.
© Sophia Webster
Creative director: Sandra Choi (Jimmy Choo niece)
Date of Birth : 1990 (1996 for public)
Country : England
Shops : 150 shop + online (worldwide shipping is free now)
The brand is not only specialized in shoes for both women and men, but also in maroquinerie (bags, clutches…), scarfs and sunglasses. It definitely has the most large bridal shoe selection in term of choices and prices. It also has a custom-made service notably for the cinderella shoe (with Swarovski crystals all over). I have tried them last week, and I am in love. But 3.5 grand needs definitely a second and even a third thought 😀
The brand has also a section for bridesmaids and even the bride’s mother. How cool is that?
If you have the chance to go to their Faubourg Saint Honoré boutique in Paris, they have a dedicated lounge for brides.
© Jimmy Choo & me
Owners/Creative director: Mark Badgley and James Mischka
Date of Birth : 1988
Country : US
Shops : 60ish shops + online
The brand has a large bridal shoe line and prices are quite reasonable (the most expensive shoe on the website costs 325$). I am not familiar with the brand since they don’t have shops in France but I am definitely a huge fun of their Gorgeous design. All the embellishments are crazyyyy. If you have ever looked for « bridal shoes » on Pinterest, you have definitely seen them but if not see below!
© Badgley Mischka
Owners/Creative director: Christian Louboutin
Date of Birth : 1991
Country : France
Shops : 60ish + online
The red bottom brand does also have a line for bridal. All the iconic designs including Pigalle, So Kate and Follies exist. I have always thought that the red sole contrasted very well with a white dress.
As a general advice, be sure that the shoe is comfortable. Don’t wear a shoe for the first time during your wedding. It can quickly become a real pain in the a** and ruin your beautiful day. Another advice is to buy a shoe that you can potentially wear to other occasions and perhaps for everyday. If you are pissed to pay a high price for a shoe you will wear once, try second hand items. Vestiaire Collective is a great website to find a lot of shoes in very good condition.
Finally, go to stores, try shoes, take photos, show them to family and friends, take time to think and don’t buy an expensive shoe in a rush 🙂
La bise my friends