Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

Lindsey Lanquist
Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress
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My footwear rotation is chunky. And practical. And overwhelmingly dark. Nothing keeps my day-to-day running as smoothly as black sandals in the summer, white Converse in the spring, and a couple pairs of black booties in the fall and winter. My shoe selection is generally stylish and efficient, but it doesn’t lend itself at all to the realm of bridal footwear—an issue that becomes especially pronounced when it comes time for me to find a pair of bridesmaid shoes.

I’ve really only recently begun my tenure as a bridesmaid. The first wedding I was in took place last October, and it wasn’t until the month of that I realized I had absolutely zero appropriate shoes to wear with my bridesmaid dress. I ended up digging a pair of truly decrepit, light brown gladiators out of the back of my closet. But these were a temporary solution to what promised to be an enduring problem: The shoes I like most are usually black, and black shoes are typically a no-no as far as weddings go. Sure, as a wedding guest, you can maybe justify a strappy black sandal or a low-key black block heel. But as a bridesmaid? Your options are strictly gold, blush, beige, silver, white and the occasional light brown. It became clear to me that I needed to find a pair of go-to bridesmaid shoes, and I needed to find them fast.

The ideal bridesmaid shoe is a few things. For starters, it’s appropriately delicate—no statement-makers, here. You want to support your friend by keeping all eyes on her; distractions are simply disrespectful. Second, it’s comfortable. Weddings involve lots of dancing and standing (you’re a bridesmaid, remember!), and anything that threatens to hurt your feet is a no-go. Third, it’s able to be repurposed. Efficiency is a theme in any shopping I’m doing, but seriously, the thought of having a pair of shoes exclusively reserved for one event a year gets me. I want to like the bridesmaid shoes I’m wearing so much that I’m willing to sport them on the daily—or at least, on the monthly.

This trifecta may be hard to achieve, but it’s possible. Perfect bridesmaid shoes do, in fact, exist—and in my quest to find one pair, I’ve found a veritably plethora of worthy options. That should be good news for all your bridesmaids-to-be out there; you might hate the dress you’re wearing on your friend’s big day, but at least you don’t have to hate the rest of your ensemble.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

1. Loeffler Randall Emilia Pleated Knot Mule, $350 at Revolve

Low-heeled with enough statement-making flair to dress up any ensemble—without upstaging the bride, of course.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

2. Katie Slingback Heel, $39 at Urban Outfitters

Bought these the moment I saw them. Cute enough for wedding wear—and on-trend enough to sport basically everywhere else.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

3. Sarto by Franco Solid Slingback Flats, $99 at Anthropologie

A go-to flat fit for wedding season.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

4. RAYE x Stone Cold Fox Bellissima Sandal, $168 at Revolve

Delicately edgy—and neutral enough to feel understated.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

5. Ruffle White V Point Mules, $92 at Topshop

OK, these are pushing it in the statement-making department, but they’re so dainty you might get away with it.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

6. Torrence Flat Sandal, $68 at Free People

Veritably rewearable.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

7. Piper Thin Strappy Heel, $39 at Urban Outfitters

Not sure on comfort, but these are sleek enough for weddings and nights out, alike.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

8. Lips Bow Slingback Ballet Flats, $35 at ASOS

Cute enough to dress up your go-to button-down and jeans combo—and your bridesmaid dress.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

9. Strappy Heeled Leather Sandals, $69.90 at Zara

Heeled enough to feel dressy. Flat enough to keep you dancing all night long.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

10. Chinese Laundry Zibi Straw Flatform Sandals, $79 at Lulus

Comfort, practicality and understatedly chic detail—wrapped up in one.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

11. RAYE Cyd Heel, $158 at Revolve

The most comfortable way to gain a few inches.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

12. Intentionally Blank Sharpy Heel, $178 at Urban Outfitters

A subtler way to do chic, statement-making style.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

13. Alias Mae Adalyn Heel, $200 at Revolve

Weddings are one place where tie straps don’t skew over-the-top.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

14. Charlissa Flat Gladiator Sandals, $21 at Lulus

Perfect for your next stint as a bridesmaid—or your next vacation.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

15. Stand by Me Platform Sandal, $119 at Free People

This chunky sandal’s saving grace is its oh-so neutral color palette.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

16. RAYE Limone Heel, $148 at Revolve

Wear it as a bridesmaid, a wedding guest or even an outdoor party attendee.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

17. Nova Pink Strappy Sandals, $64 at Topshop

If pink is on the menu, these strappy sandals are a great (and very rewearable) bet.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

18. Metallic Leather Slingbacks, $49.90 at Zara

Never underestimate the value of a good flat.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

19. Steve Madden Callen Sandal, $90 at Revolve

If you’re sporting heels this tall, they better at least be chunky.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

20. Jordan Mink Strap Point Shoes, $96 at Topshop

A closed-toe take on the block(ish) heel.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

21. Bermuda Heel, $99 at Free People

Take advantage of the fact that one of this year’s hottest trends is invisible footwear.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

22. Silent D Tinnesha Heeled Sandals, $150 at Anthropologie

Comfy and cute—plus, weddings almost always come with a rain plan, so you won’t have to worry about the elements tearing up your suede.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

23. Published Author Suede Ankle Strap Heels, $29 at Lulus

A no-fail shoe, rendered in a no-fail color.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

24. LPA Nicolo Heel, $168 at Revolve

The boldness of the lace-up straps is balanced by the delicate palette.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

25. Penny Heels, $395 at Anthropologie

Metallic bow heels are really one of the cutest bridesmaid shoe options around.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

26. Asymmetric Leather Slingback Heels, $59.90 at Zara

A little bright, but if the bride doesn’t mind the shade, you’re set.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

27. Schutz Tosca Heel, $195 at Revolve

Business in the front, party in the back. (The easiest way to render a statement heel wedding-friendly.)

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

28. Jaggar Step Up Block Heel, $73 at Revolve

Cute, and super easy to wear all summer long.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

29. Cross Strap Heeled Mules, $49.90 at Zara

Eye-catching, but gold is usually on the menu.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

30. Tilly Nappa Leather Slide Sandals, $39 at Lulus

So low-key they’re almost casual, but the supple leather keeps them feeling elegant.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

31. Heeled Woven Sandals, $89.90 at Zara

Summer’s crochet trend is a gift as far as bridesmaid footwear is concerned.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

32. Freesia Suede Ankle Strap Heels, $31 at Lulus

A classic pair of bridesmaid shoes if I’ve ever seen one.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

33. RAYE x House of Harlow 1960 Fawn Mule, $168 at Revolve

If you don’t mind the height, these bridesmaid heels will definitely double as a night-out favorite.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

34. Steer Clear Block Heels, $35 at Nasty Gal

On-trend without skewing over-the-top.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

35. RAYE Verada Heel, $116 at Revolve

Fit for weddings and job interviews, alike.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

36. Valia Gabriel Milena Criss-Cross Sandals, $265 at Anthropologie

Light brown gladiators are a pretty solid (and endlessly comfortable) option, no matter what your bridesmaid dress looks like.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

37. Bill Blass Billie Slingback Heels, $198 at Anthropologie

For the bridesmaid ready to lean into the cute bridal aesthetic.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

38. Wide-Fit Block-Heeled Sandals, $45 at ASOS

Woven sandals have all kind of wedding and summer barbecue crossover appeal.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

39. Slingback Kitten Heel Shoes, $39.90 at Zara

I mean, can anyone argue with the value of adding a kitten heel slingback to your footwear rotation?

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

40. Seychelles Perfect Fit Heeled Sandals, $95 at Anthropologie

Just metallic enough to keep things feeling romantic.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

41. Intentionally Blank Willow Heel, $185 at Urban Outfitters

If white’s an option, these are comfy, cute and aughts-inspired enough to feel on-trend.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

42. Schutz Spherical Mules, $175 at Anthropologie

Another oh-so subtle statement heel that allows for flair without distracting.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

43. Amanda Mesh Mule Sandal, $49 at Urban Outfitters

Retro, but the perfect complement to any pastel dress (and any all-black-everything night-out ensemble).

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

44. Seychelles Ornament Heel, $109 at Revolve

A classic cut in a contemporary, wedding-friendly textile.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

45. Vegan Dorian Wedge, $168 at Free People

For the lover of comfort who wants an extra inch (or two).

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

46. RAYE Grant Mule, $68 at Revolve

Assuredly elegant and bridal-perfect—if you can stand the stiletto.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

47. Aloha Wrap Sandal, $98 at Free People

Low-key in all the right ways.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

48. Paloma Barcelo Morgane Sandal, $358 at Revolve

Strange—but adorably so.

STYLECASTER | Cute Shoes Sure to Pair Well With Your Bridesmaid Dress

49. RAYE Bay Heel, $148 at Revolve

A basic you can rewear time and time again.

 

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