The Biggest Trend in Bridal Footwear: Comfort 

You’ll be head over heels for these shoes.

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.

Non-Traditional Hues  

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.”  

Photo by Hannah Toldt



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Block Heels  

“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.

Photo by Hannah Toldt

Big Bows  

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. 

Photo by Hannah Toldt

Custom Sneaks  

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.

Photo by Hannah Toldt

This story is part of Milwaukee Magazine‘s Weddings issue.

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Alli Watters is the digital and culture editor at Milwaukee Magazine. That means that in addition to running this website, she covers art, entertainment, style, home and more for the magazine. It also means she doesn't sleep much.