After choosing your wedding color, the bridesmaid dress style, and jewelry, the next big question is ‘what color shoes should bridesmaids wear?’. While a comfortable shoe is essential for your girls, the color of the shoe is important to consider for a cohesive look from head-to-toe. Keep reading for our sole-styling tips!
Bridesmaids can wear different shoes and no, they do not have to match. Bridesmaids can wear mismatched bridesmaid shoes if you’d like — your wedding day, your way!
What Shoes Do Bridesmaids Wear?
The bridesmaid shoes can be flats or heels, wedges, slip-on shoes, sandals, boots, etc. Bridesmaid shoes with different heel heights is fine, too. Everyone should wear a pair of shoes they are comfortable in (and in which they can can walk confidently down the aisle!)
The shoes can be super inexpensive — or more luxurious. A popular choice for bridesmaid shoes that match in color is a pair of ballet flats.
What Color Shoes Should Bridesmaids Wear?
Black bridesmaid shoes are a popular choice, as black goes with nearly everything and, just like the always-loved little black dress, most bridesmaids will already have a favorite pair of black shoes to wear.
Navy blue, if it coordinates well with your bridesmaid dresses, is another great option.
Nude — a perfect neutral — goes with nearly everything and, again, most bridesmaids will probably own a pair of neutral bridesmaid shoes that match each other (and if not, it’s a great type of shoe to have as a part of your closet!)
Are you having your bridesmaids wear muted or dusty tones? Rose gold shoes will give these looks a feminine, bold, and fun flare. Plus, if you gravitate towards simplicity but want to add a little bit of romance, this lustrous and pinkish tone is a perfect pick!
Gold shoes are perfect to pair with warm-toned, sunset hues. To make it even more special, a metallic or sparkly shoe will add some pretty shine and create a standout look. Choose jewelry in the same metal for a cohesive look to step it up a notch.
Silver shoes pair perfectly with cool tones (everything from Gem to Marine!). A sparkly silver is an elegant option that will take all of your bridesmaid’s looks to the next level. You can’t go wrong with this classic tone, as it will pair effortlessly with a variety of silhouettes and styles.
Another choice is a metallic, like gold or silver; again, we recommend the metallic choice matches the bridal party but the heel height or style does not matter.
What Shoes To Wear With Long Bridesmaid Dresses?
For short or long bridesmaid dresses, any shoes will do! However, if the dress is very long, we recommend bridesmaids wear a shoe that will give a little height so the length of the dress isn’t dragging on the floor. Shorter bridesmaids may choose to wear a tall heel or wedge; taller bridesmaids will like wearing flats so they don’t tower too much, and so that the length of the dress aligns perfectly with their height.
NOTE: If bridesmaids are wearing long dresses, they should wear their bridesmaids shoes to the dress fitting (or a pair similar to what they plan to wear) in order to get the proper measurements and height so the material isn’t too long — or too short! — before the big day.
Who pays for bridesmaid shoes?
Great question! Bridesmaids buy their own shoes. However, if you have a specific look in mind and wish for bridesmaids to wear shoes that match each other, we recommend the bride buys bridesmaid shoes if you’re asking your crew to wear matching bridesmaid shoes.
This is because bridesmaids already pay for the cost of their dresses and the cost of the shoes can, of course, be a part of your bridal party gift to your girls.
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