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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.


  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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