Sunday 21 April 2019

Splurge v Steal - The most wanted wedding shoes and their budget-friendly alternatives

Karen Birney,

For some women, the shoes are way more important then the dress. Every single time.

And when it comes to the big day, this sartorial sway very much still counts.

And maybe there's a point to opting for a great pair of heels over a pricey white dress - at least you'll get to wear the shoes again, right?

But for those who have spent hours trawling through Pinterest in a search for a nice pair of wedding shoes only to be utterly bombarded with beautiful Badgley Mischkas, magnificent Manolos, lavish Louboutins and stunning Sophia Websters, it can become more of a pain than a pleasure to find some fabulous footwear for the day.

Randall by Badgley Mischka, approx. €250 (currently unavailable)
Randall by Badgley Mischka, approx. €250 (currently unavailable)
Pink Ruffle Flower Platform Heel, €50.00,
Miss KG Square Jewel Trim Point High Heels, €64.98,

Not only are many of the most popular wedding shoes simply way out of the budget of most folk, you'll probably also have found that many of the styles Pinned and shared by online blogs are very much out of stock, having been photographed on brides whose weddings are now nearly a decade ago (eg Badgley Mischka's 'Randall' shoes, pictured below).

Designer Wedding Shoes v Budget

Of course if you do find yourself head over heels with a pair of designer brogues, but not in a position to fork out for them, finding an alternative style for a lot less can feel like quite a steal - and there are plenty of great places to look.

Asos and New Look online are two brilliant e-stores to begin your browsing - just make sure to keep an eye on the heel height, size guides and be prepared to have to handle packages back and forth to your local courier - because online isn't always as straight-forward as we like to pretend it is.

Before you begin your browse however, check out some of the alternatives we've come up with for some of the most popular designer wedding shoes we've seen around. They're not doubles of course (that would be cause for worry) but they're certainly a stellar surrogate for the 'feel' of the shoes.

Manolo Blahnik Hangisi shoes, £795.00 RRP | Photo by Georgina Harrison Photography
Manolo Blahnik Hangisi shoes, £795.00 RRP | Photo by Georgina Harrison Photography
Badgley Mischka Kiara shoes $245.00, | Photo by Virginia Ann Photography via Ruffled Blog
Chi Chi London Bridal Barely There Heeled Sandal With Embellishment €69.13,
Aquazzura shoes, €800 approx | Photo by Sydney Bliss via
White Patent Tube Strap Stiletto Sandals, £29.99, New Look,
Jimmy Choo Ivette shoes, €1595 | Photo via
Silver Glitter Strappy Stiletto Sandals, £27.99, New Look,
Viola by Jimmy Choo, €1,495,
Pink Feather Block Heel Sandal, €40.00,
Randall by Badgley Mischka, approx. €250 (currently unavailable)
Bella Belle Florence Shoe, $365.00, | Photo by Katie Grant Photography
Blue By Betsy Johnson Blush Avery Heeled Wedding Shoes €131.34,
Chiara by Sophia Webster, £450,
Skittle heels by Una Healy Originals, €60.00,

If you've found something better make sure to let us know! Comment on our story on Facebook or follow us on Instagram to let us know how you managed to save on style for your big day!

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