#BuroBrides: Chic footwear options (that aren’t heels) for the bride

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By Stephanie Boey

#BuroBrides: Chic footwear options (that aren’t heels) for the bride

There’s a saying that if you give a woman the right pair of shoes and she can conquer the world. That’s a lot of pressure to put on a pair of shoes, especially on an occassion as big as her wedding day. But if you were ever going to put a pair on a pedestal, wedding footwear definitely fits the bill. It is your wedding day after all, and unless you’re exercising a no-phone rule throughout the ceremony, chances are you’re going to be photographed… A LOT.

But most importantly, you’re going to be doing a whole load of standing, too. And dancing. The key to a happy bride is happy feet. If you are the sort who’d rather go barefoot than totter around in heels, today’s guide to alternative bridal footwear might just pique your fancy. While heels are deemed a requisite for most brides (whether diamanté studded or dainty lace options), go for something within your comfort zone (quite literally) on your big day. From glitter-fied sneakers to beach-worthy flats, these one-of-a-kind steppers can trump any basic bridal heels easily:


Serena Williams‘ wedding in November 2017 made headlines for all the right reasons—one of them because she proved that sneakers can be every bit wedding-appropriate. Rocking a short feathery gown to her fairytale wedding, Serena wore a pair of Swarovski-encrusted Nike Cortez that was hand-bedazzled by Michelle Meneses (the task took 24 hours to complete.) But if you can’t find someone who would painstakingly apply crystals on your favourite kicks, opt for one with a silver sheen like Saint Laurent‘s leather sneakers. But if you’re a hypebae bride, walk down the aisle in Balenciaga‘s chunky Triple S in a full-white colourway.


Go against the grain like Giovanna Battaglia, who pulled off thigh high Manolo Blahnik boots that matched her macramé minidress during her wedding party look. If one of your outfit changes include a fun party dress that you want to shimmy in on your big night, make a statement with knee-high leather boots from Prada. Looking for Malaysian weather-friendly options? Dior‘s laser cut lattice boots are a breeze.


It may have been a short-lived union, but Bianca Jagger‘s made wedding style history back in 1971 when she got married to Mick Jagger in St. Tropez, donning a Saint Laurent Le Smoking jacket (with nothing underneath), a languid white skirt and matching white peep-toe wedges. Emulate her summer-ready bridal look with wooden wedges by Jil Sander or go the extra mile with studded suede platforms from Alaïa.


Keira Knightley did girly without being cloyingly sweet for her wedding back in 2013, wearing a pale pink tulle dress, a Chanel tweed jacket, and ballerina flats (in pink, no less). Add a saccharine sentiment to your bridal look with these unusual ballet pumps, including bowed flats from Salvatore Ferragamo, crystal-embellished flats from Miu Miu and a tweed pair from Roger Vivier.


Flat sandals are a go-to choice if your wedding is held in a forest, beach or anywhere in nature—it’s pretty much impossible to trot in four-inch heels in those terrains anyway. A foolproof way to work wedding flats is to opt for anything embellished, whether it is rope and leather espradilles from Chanel, metallic snake skin-effect ankle strap sandals from Stuart Weitzman, or logocentric T-bar sandals from Gucci.


If you really want to wear heels on your wedding but prefer not to subject your feet to numbing pain, try a lower height with kitten heels. Channel eternal grace like Elizabeth Taylor did during her wedding day, with Dolce & Gabbana‘s feathered slip-ins, Roger Vivier‘s satin slingbacks and Jacquemus‘ quirky ornamental heel.

*Product sourcing by Stephanie Boey


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