Splurge vs. Steal: Bridal Shoes

Splurge vs. Steal: Bridal Shoes

For this special edition of Splurge vs. Steal, spendy designer bridal shoes will go toe to toe (literally!) with their less expensive – but equally chic – counterparts.  I found some absolutely gorgeous shoes, and grouped them into six categories according to style– classic, feminine, casual, glamorous, offbeat, and romantic.  I hope this guide helps you find a pair that suits your style perfectly!

Classic

For the traditional bride, try a great pair of peep toe d’Orsay pumps in classic white with a pretty fabric flower detail.  These shoes will look sensational with just about any dress.  When your wedding is over, have them dyed black and you’ll be able to wear them forever!

Splurge
This timeless pair features luxurious satin fabric, leather lining, and a skinny covered heel.  The rose detail is the icing on the (wedding) cake!  “Pomposo” shoes by Stuart Weitzman, $325.

Steal
These shoes have all the same details as the designer pair – satin upper, leather lining, covered stiletto heel, and pretty rose detail – for a fraction of the price.  “Anjelica” shoes by Steve Madden, $69.95.

Feminine

Your wedding day is the perfect time to go all out with girly, feminine details like soft pleating, muted colors, and flowing fabric.  Since this is a more specific style, try to match the detail on the shoes with the detail on your dress – both these pairs would look great with a vintage-inspired lace gown.

Splurge
This pair is feminine and sexy at the same time with its champagne color, peep toe, and ruched lace detail.  Ruffle peep-toe pump by Nina Ricci, $725 at eLuxury.

Steal
These shoes are so pretty!  The ruffle detail around the heel and the soft color recall the designer version, but this version femmes it up even more with pleated satin and a sweet bow at the toe.  Satin pumps by Make me Chic, around $20.

Casual

If you are planning to have your wedding at a beach or other outdoor location, casual footwear is the way to go – you’ll look and feel great all day!  But just because you’re going casual doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style.  My picks feature dreamy details worthy of any princess bride!  Both pairs would look stunning with a gauzy, flowing gown and loose, wavy hair.

Splurge
These flat sandals with lace and chain trim are so gorgeous and unique.  They are part hippie chic, part rocker chick, and part girly girl!   Chain lace sandal by Nina Ricci, $525 at eLuxury.

Steal
These shoes aren’t an exact copy of the designer pair, but they capture the feel with their flat sole, delicate ankle strap, and allover lace detail.  “Lacey Lady” flats by All Black, $55.63 at Endless.

Glamorous

Step up the glamour on your big day with shoes worthy of any A-list Hollywood diva!  Choose details like metallic leather, sky-high heels, and jeweled embellishments to channel your inner starlet.  These would look fabulous with a slinky silk gown with a dramatic open back, swept up hair, and lots of sparkly jewelry!

Splurge
These shoes are the definition of glamour!  A panel of Swarovski crystal embellishment accents the metallic leather straps, and the four-inch heel will transform you into a head-turning glamazon!  Jeweled sandals by Giuseppe Zanotti, $1,044.95 at Endless.

Steal
These gorgeous sandals will make you feel like a star.  The strappy style, metallic finish, towering heel, and bejeweled t-strap emulate the designer shoes perfectly.  “Helene” sandals by Unlisted, $59.95 at Endless.

Offbeat

For the bride who doesn’t follow the rules, a bright and beautiful pair of shoes in a bold floral print!  This style would look amazing with a vintage tea-length princess dress and a big, colorful bouquet.  My picks are so versatile and stylish, you’ll be able to wear them long after your wedding day – bring them on your honeymoon and pair them with jeans or a sexy pencil skirt!

Splurge
These shoes are truly unique.  The pretty floral print, metallic leather trim, and cutout details are sure to make you stand out from the crowd!  Heels by Luciano Padovan, $315 at Yoox.

Steal
The stiletto heel has been replaced with a demure flat sole and the metallic leather with jeweled embellishments, but the floral pattern on these shoes is almost identical to the designer pair!  Plus, the price is almost too good to be true.  Floral flats, $13.20 at Go Jane.

Romantic

I love the idea of embracing romantic details on your wedding day, and your shoes should be no exception!  Choose a pair of sweet ballet flats with pearl details to show off your softer side.  Pair them with a billowy, empire waist dress à la Juliet Capulet, and sweep your Romeo off his feet!

Splurge
These delicate flats are made of supple bone-colored leather and adorned with pretty ruffles and lustrous pearls.  Worthy of the most amorous ensemble!  “Pearl” flats by Jeffrey Campbell, $109.95 at Nordstrom.

Steal
These charming ballerina flats pair strands of pearls with sparkling rhinestones and sweet bows for a look that would inspire even Shakespeare himself!  Rhinestone pearl flats, $15.80 at Go Jane.

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