As wedding ceremonies, dresses and the traditional notion of "bride and groom" have evolved, so has bridal footwear. White satin dyeables aren't the go-to footwear they used to be. Brides still opt for neutrals that match skin tones or the wedding dress, but shoe colors are trending away from coordinating and toward creating a statement.
"Neutrals like nudes and champagnes are popular," says Stephanie Kass, store manager of Bustles & Bows Bridal Boutique. "[Brides choose these colors] rather than matching their dress or the bridesmaids' dresses. The majority of brides also like beading on the front ... and on the back of their shoes. Bright colors have been trending for years now — especially blues."
Also trending are low-heeled shoes and flats. Brides have noticed that changing out of the formal "ceremony shoe" and into a flip-flop for comfort during the reception results in an extreme hem change — suddenly, there's three extra inches of wedding dress dragging on the floor.
- Badgley Mischka Barre jeweled satin slip-on tennis shoe, $175.
Since brides typically don't opt for cocktail-style dresses for the reception, changing shoes also is passe.
"Everyone pretty much stays in their gowns now," Kass says. "Brides are going for shorter heels or even cute sneakers."
Bustles & Bows carries many of Badgley Mischka's bridal collection designs, including a sassy beaded heel and a comfortable bejeweled slip-on sneaker. No matter which trend a bride chooses, bridal boutiques have got her (foot) covered.