If you want to know what brides are wearing, ask a wedding photographer. Hannah Toldt shot 34 weddings in 2022, capturing the brides’ looks from head to toe. Here’s what Toldt is seeing in terms of footwear.
Today’s brides are experimenting with bold palettes. (Black wedding gown, anyone?) Colorful shoes offer a way to ease into the trend. Brides will sometimes select a hue that coordinates with the bridesmaid dresses and flowers. Also, footwear is a natural option when you’re in need of “something blue.”
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“People really value feeling comfortable,” Toldt says, especially in the Midwest. Block heels offer the look of a pump with the comfort of a flat, and also make it possible to walk in grass without your heels sinking in.
This very feminine trend can be traced to Loeffler Randall, an apparel brand that specializes in bridal fashion and does a lot of social media advertising. The sandal comes in varying heights of block heels and different fabrications. Reportedly, the shoes are comfortable enough to get you through the entire day and evening.
Packing a separate pair of “dancing shoes” is nothing new, but customized sneakers or slippers kicks the trend up a notch. And some couples are doing “his and hers” personalization. For instance, one couple Toldt photographed personalized two pairs of Vans skate shoes with “’Til death” embroidery.
Why? Because in Wisconsin, winter is no joke. And also, a pair of white leather booties adds personality to your ensemble. Toldt has seen boots paired with snazzy socks, which can help fight off the cold during post-vow photoshoots.