Not all bridal designers have forayed into wedding shoes. Those that have, are usually faced with a lucrative tier to add to their brand offering — after all, if a women is going to splurge, her wedding will be the occasion.
With more and more brides-to-be looking outside the box when it comes to their big day shoes, it seems only appropriate that the designers that have delved into the world of nuptial footwear, are focusing on a more fashion-forward aesthetic.
Marchesa duo Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig are two prime examples. Straight off the back of debuting their first shoe line for spring ’16, the pair launched their bridal shoe range incorporating many of the statement features from their main line offering. Think sky-high laser-cut sandals and peep-toe booties.
Opinions waver however. Comments have been made that dedicated bridal shoe collections are slowly becoming redundant, with fashion-forward brides looking just as much, if not more, at a designer’s main shoe line — granted often at styles in the nude/ivory color palette. But perhaps this is simply an indication that bridal footwear often comes with cliché connotations.
Monique Lhuillier sent her models sashaying down the bridal runway in many popular carryover styles from her bridal range, adding in two new designs from her spring ’16 main line. One of which, the Ava sandal featuring lucite ombré heels, is a perfect example of a designer shoe also slotting ideally into the bridal category.
For many designers that don’t offer shoe lines of their own (bridal or otherwise), it’s apparent that they, too, are seeking out high-end designers to accompany their gowns. In many cases, there is a striking similarity between styles we see on the Bridal Week runway and those on the Fashion Week runway. An example? For his fall ’16 bridal collection, Naeem Khan opted for Christian Louboutin Salonu lace heels.
Click through the gallery below to explore all the standout wedding shoes from New York Bridal Week.