What is even better than a fabulous wedding gown? A fabulous wedding gown worn with a fantastic pair of shoes! Check out these hot new trends in 2011 wedding shoes before you shop for your bridal footwear.
Wedding shoes are anything but basic white pumps these days. In fact, one of the hottest trends in bridal footwear is to wear a color other than white. Blue is one of the most popular options, as it makes a great "something blue" for the bride. Tiffany blue is sweet for the bride who wants a subtle hint of color, while a rich cobalt hue is fabulous for fall and winter. Jewel tones in general are on the rise for wedding shoes this fall, so feel free to look at opulent shades of plum, cranberry, and emerald. It would be spectacular to order custom bridal jewelry made with crystals in the same hue. Keep in mind that the fuller your gown, the less of your shoe will show; conversely, if your gown is slender, quite a bit of your footwear will peep out when you walk.
Sparkle is always popular for brides, from the bridal jewelry in their hair right down to the tips of their toes. A crystal buckle or beaded strap on a pair of sandals is ideal for the bride who wants just a hint of sparkle. But the stronger trend right now is to fully embrace all out sparkle, in the form of a glitter covered evening shoe. Choose from metallic silver, platinum, or gold in a classic high heel pump style. The best part about choosing these is that you will definitely get to wear them many times again. Just imagine how awesome your glittering pumps will look with your favorite little black dress for your next cocktail party.
If sparkle is not really your thing, you may well enjoy another hot accessory trend these days: lace. Especially chic is a funky shoe dressed up with a woman lace, such as a lace bootie. It's a fun choice for the fashionista bride who wants to walk the line between classic and trendy. Lace over a colored shoe is another great look for a wedding. Black lace over a pale ballerina pink flat would be absolutely charming with a tulle or organza bridal gown. All black lace is a great option for bridesmaids who want to wear black shoes, as it makes them look more romantic. This style would also be fantastic for the mother of the bride to wear with a dark colored dress, since the dyed-to-match look is now totally out of fashion.
All sorts of interesting details are appearing on bridal shoes this season. Add style to your bridal ensemble by wearing something unique, such as a fanciful row of ruffles down the back of a pump, pleats on the toe, a charming rosette, or a big splashy bow on the side. As for the shape of the shoe itself, high heels are definitely in right now. Many of the most striking styles feature a low platform under the toe. Designs with open sections such as peep toes, slingbacks, or D'orsay pumps (my personal favorite) are particularly in vogue.
No matter how traditional your wedding gown may be, you can always have fun by spicing it up with a killer pair of shoes. They can be a feature accessory, or a surprise detail to be disclosed at the reception, but every bride desires to have an amazing pair of shoes to wear on her wedding day.