Not all bridesmaid dresses are tragic forms of fashion, but if you’re a woman, it’s likely that there will come a time in which you find yourself standing beside a bride fidgeting with a dress that isn’t your go-to style, color or fabric. Because for many bridesmaids, what the bride(zilla) says goes.
But in order to make that occasionally unfortunate dress worth it, you should at least have the perfect pair of shoes on underneath that gown.
So, if the bride in your life has uttered the magic words, “You can choose your own shoes … ” consider yourself lucky and start shopping. For those who’d like to spice up their simple sandal, pump or flat, we’ve rounded up some shoes that let the bridesmaids shine — even on the bride’s big day.
Looking for a neutral-tone shoe to match that blush chiffon dress? Paul Andrew has the perfect slingback pump that could set you apart from the others, thanks to the pointed-toe detailed with a metallic ornament.
Paul Andrew satin ornament slingback pump, $795; bergdorfgoodman.com
If you’ve been directed by the bride to match the color of the dress, not to fear, the trick is to opt for some type of added detail to make a statement. For example, this Gianvito Rossi sandal in purple provides that added touch with fringe silk detailing.
Gianvito Rossi fringed silk d’Orsay sandal, $875; bergdorfgoodman.com
Another option is to opt for embellishments.
For those looking to skip out on the 4-inch stilettos, Manolo Blahnik offers a coral, satin flat, complete with his signature crystal buckle.
Manolo Blahnik Hangisi crystal-buckle satin flat, coral, $955; bergdorfgoodman.com
Sam Edelman makes a minimalist ankle-strap sandal in gray, which has a stacked wrapped heel, adding comfort and just the right amount of jewels. On the back of the heel, the shoe is detailed with crystals.
Sam Edelman Yaro ankle strap sandal, $159.95; nordstrom.com
You also can’t go wrong with a bow, ankle-tie or knot when it comes to your bridesmaid shoes.
Alexandre Birman’s Clarita style is a great choice because of its knotted strap bands. The feature takes the classic sandal to the next level, and is offered in a variety of colors and materials. Here, the Clarita is seen in metallic leather.
Alexandre Birman Clarita metallic d’Orsay sandal, pewter, $595; bergdorfgoodman.com
For more bridesmaid shoes that let you show your own style, click through the gallery below.