These Are The Best Wedding Shoes, According To Brides That Actually Wore Them

Mekita Rivas, Contributing Fashion Writer

Wedding location: Paris, France 
Date: Sept. 21, 2019
Shoe choice: Block-heel pumps by Karl Lagerfeld (in off-white)

How important overall was the shoe selection process for you? 
Similar to dress shopping, I romanticized the process a bit too much. And I severely overestimated how much time I was actually going to have to look for shoes (and accessories for that matter). So my shoes ended up being somewhat of an afterthought. I’m a fashion writer — surely I’d do all this research and give it all this careful consideration and deliberation, right? In reality, I was frantically scouring sale racks a few weeks before my wedding because I’d been so consumed with other wedding decisions (and life in general).

So how did you end up with these?
Since my shoe search came down to the wire, I truly selected the first pair that felt right and spoke to me in some way. Comfort was, in theory, my main priority and I wanted to be able to walk along the cobblestone streets of Paris without tripping or wobbling. Stilettos were out of the question but I wasn’t leaning toward flats, either (my husband is 7 inches taller than me!). Plus I just wanted to feel really feminine, and heels do that for me.

Did you switch your shoes at any point in the evening?
Yes, because by the end of the night they were downright murdering my feet. I didn’t break them in or wear insoles. But the only backup shoes I had packed was another pair of heels (wedding brain is real), but if I’d given it more thought I would’ve brought along a pair of Allbirds Breezers to change into. Instead, I just kicked off my shoes and went barefoot on the dance floor!

So if you could go back and pick a different pair, would you?
My instinctual response is no. Even though I didn’t have the most thought-out strategy, I ended up finding a pair of shoes that worked for the occasion. Yes, they could’ve been more comfortable, but overall they were about as close to perfect as I was going to get given the circumstances.