Your wedding dress may be your top priority, but you don’t want to forget about your accessories! When it comes to wedding shoes, you’ve got options galore - from casual sneakers to sexy slingbacks. We’ve created this handy dandy list of terms so that you know exactly what to ask for when you set foot in a bridal boutique.
Here is your ultimate wedding shoe breakdown.
POPULAR WEDDING SHOE STYLES
- Boots: If you’re wedding is taking place in the countryside, boots may be the perfect pick for you. They’re definitely more casual, but can look amazing when paired with the right dress.
- Flats: Flats are ideal for bride’s who don’t want to bother with heels. They can be just as fancy as their sky-high counterparts and are a lot more comfortable.
- Oxfords: This style will give your look a dash of masculinity. They’re low to the ground and have laces running down the top (think of a classic men’s dress shoe).
- Pumps: Pumps are the classic heeled wedding shoe. If you’re not comfortable walking in six-inch stilettos, opt for a kitten heel or short chunky heel.
- Sandals: If you’re hosting your wedding in the spring or summer, sandals are a great option. You can keep it simple with flats or amp up your ensemble with dramatic heeled gladiators.
- Sneakers/Trainers: This style is perfect for a casual affair. You probably already have a few pairs in your closet, but you’ll want to scrub them clean or buy some new ones for your big day.
HEEL AND SOLE STYLES
- Chunky: A thick, stable heel that is the same size from the sole of the shoe to the floor.
- Cone: The heel is modelled in the shape of an upside down triangle. This style gives off a bit of a retro vibe.
- Kitten: An itty bitty heel, usually only a few centimetres tall.
- Platform: The shoe’s sole is more than an inch thick, offering extra support for the wearer. This can be combined with any heel style.
- Stiletto: The sexiest of the bunch. This heel is super slim but grows slightly larger toward the sole of the shoe for stability.
- Wedge: The heel and platform can be several inches high (the highest point being the heel) but there are no gaps in between. A good option for high heel beginners.
- Almond: The tip of the shoe resembles a almond, curving into a rounded point around the toes.
- Open: The entire tip of the shoe is cut open, showing the bride’s pedicure.
- Peep: The very tip of the shoe is cut open, exposing just a hint of the bride’s pedicure.
- Pointed: The shoe gradually becomes narrower, coming to a point at the tip.
- Round: The tip of the shoe resembles a semicircle, curving around the toes.
- Ankle strap: Encircles the ankle completely to keep the foot in place.
- Gladiators: Multiple straps criss cross over the the foot, rising up the ankle or higher (sometimes even to the thigh).
- Mary Jane: One or more straps run across the the top of the wearers foot.
- Slingback: Fastens behind the wearers ankle, but does not encircle the ankle completely, like an ankle strap would.
- T-Strap: Forms a T shape around the wearers foot. One part of the strap runs down the centre of the foot and the other wraps around the ankle.