Toe to Toe: 5 Bridal Shoes for Fancy Feet

Stilettos at your farm fête? Only if you want to stand (or sink) in one place. We compare the virtues of five bridal footwear styles.

160308_PBG1420 copy

Clockwise from top:

Pink bows meet rhinestone-studded straps on Kate Spade’s lovely Lydia heels—perfect for a Portland-style princess. Don these spiky shoes for indoor events, or invest in heel protector caps (try Solemates) to prevent lawn-induced ankle twists or simply getting stuck. $398 at Kate Spade, Pioneer Place Mall, 700 SW Fifth Ave, katespade.com

Leg-flattering wedges offer stylish stability and look great with both long and short dresses. We love how these shimmering Jimmy Choo Fearne sandals let a pretty pedicure peek through. $750 at Nordstrom Downtown Portland, 701 SW Broadway, nordstrom.com

Want a little luxe lift but don’t trust yourself not to stumble down the aisle in stilettos? Sport Christian Louboutin’s ultrachic red-soled kitten heels in ombré glitter. $695 at Marios, 833 SW Broadway, marios.mitchellstores.com

Rochas’s metallic brocade Mary Jane–style platform pumps make a showstopping finish for a short frock or slinky, ground-grazing gown with a high slit. They elongate legs while providing solid footing for dancing and alfresco festivities. $1,144 at Halo Shoes, 938 NW Everett St, haloshoes.com

Nicholas Kirkwood’s pearltrimmed metallic sandals feel big-day beautiful but are far more practical than pumps for outdoor parties and hours on your feet. $695 at Marios, 833 SW Broadway, marios.mitchellstores.com

Wear your shoes around the house a few weeks prior to your wedding to make sure you can easily walk in them and to prevent day-of blisters and slippery soles.