Typical of today's fearless new trends in wedding fashions, this season's bridal shoes are anything but boring.
"We would almost be surprised to see someone wearing a traditional shoe at this point," said Tori Hendrix and Myka Haddad, the wedding styling duo behind L.A.'s Sitting in a Tree.
"You're spending $500 to $800 on shoes and you're likely not going to wear white again, so buy something fun," Keegan said.
Hendrix and Haddad are seeing brides gravitating toward "crazy runway shoes — lots of Louboutins with staggering heels," they said. "We're also seeing a lot of embellishment: fabric flowers, sparkly things being added, ribbons and bows, and even hand-painting on the shoes."
While some find it difficult to break with the past, footwear "is a place that is pretty safe to go with color or play with tradition," said Hendrix and Haddad. "Girls seem comfortable pushing the limits a bit here because [the shoes] are hidden underneath a long dress, and they offer a surprise element."
Some brides match their footwear with the wedding's theme colors, groom's tie or even venue (such as cowboy boots for a rustic barn ceremony or sequined pumps for a more glamorous affair), while others opt for sandals or heels in a range of metallics, blush and neutral glitter fabric.
All the planners agree that comfort is key. And though "a rhinestone-jeweled strappy shoe will always be in style, some brides don't even care if it's classic and timeless, they just go with what looks right with their gown and feels comfortable," said Mary Zerkie, store manager of Les Habitudes in L.A.
– Emerson Patrick, Custom Publishing Writer