Sunday 21 April 2019

The List: Where to shop for wedding shoes in Ireland

From dreamy designer pumps to budget flats and fabulous high street heels, here are the best spots to shop for wedding shoes in Ireland

Wifey for Lifey Chiara wedding shoes by Sophia Webster | Photo via sophiawebster.com
Wifey for Lifey Chiara wedding shoes by Sophia Webster | Photo via sophiawebster.com

Karen Birney, THEVOW.ie

Ah wedding shoe shopping - should be pretty straight forward, right?

Quite often though, wrong, as suddenly the thought of spending 12 hours in a pair of stilettos with all eyes on you already makes your knees feel weak - and we haven't even talked about the aisle, or the first dance!

Rachel Simpson wedding shoes | Photo by Eden Photography
Rachel Simpson wedding shoes | Photo by Eden Photography

Choosing a pair of heels for your big day isn't as easy peasy as picking the prettiest of the pairs - there's lots to keep in mind, which is why you need to know where to shop to get started.

From high street heels to designer sandals and even specialist wedding-specific shoe specialist thrown in for good measure, we've compiled a list of where to shop for wedding shoes in Ireland, so you don't have to!

Related: Five incredible wedding shoe designers you need to know about

Irish bridal boutiques

If you're looking for comfort and style, go to the people who know it best - the bridal boutiques. Many Irish wedding boutiques specialise in shoes best suited for the big day - ones that need to be comfortable enough to last all day, and beautiful enough to make you feel like Cinderella. Designers to look out for include Emmy London, Rachel Simpson, Bella Belle, Harriot Wilde and Charlotte Mills, all of whom designer beautifully intricate footwear that are almost pieces of art. Expect to pay more than you would on the Irish high street for a pair of wedding shoes here, but perhaps not as much as for a pair with a more recognisable name.

For Rachel Simpson shoes you're looking around €200 per pair, while a pair of vintage embellished heels by Emmy London could set you back as much as €800.

Stockists

  • Emmy London  - Alice May Bridal in Co. Dublin
  • Bella Belle - Bella Bleu in Cork
  • Rachel Simpson - Frilly Frocks in Louth, Bella Bleu in Cork, Lilac Rose in Limerick and Vintage Pearl in Galway
  • Harriet Wilde- Little White Dress in Dublin and Peony Bridal in Co. Down
  • Charlotte Mills - Bella Bleu in Cork

Department Stores

While they may not have the ease of shopping in the one place for all things wedding, you'll be hard pushed to find a wider range of choice when it comes to designer heels than in some of Ireland's department stores. In the capital, Debenhams, Arnotts an House of Fraser are all great options for those looking for options. For high designers, Brown Thomas in Dublin and Cork is a go-to, while Kildare Village is home to several shoe labels 

If you're in the market for a lower heel which still feels entirely bridal Paradox London is a great option. Find them in Debenhams.

Mango clear slingback court shoes from LittlewoodsIreland.ie
Mango clear slingback court shoes from LittlewoodsIreland.ie
Miss KG Square Jewel Trim Point High Heels, €64.98, asos.com
Bella Belle Florence Shoe, $365.00, bellabelleshoes.com | Photo by Katie Grant Photography

Stockists

  • Arnotts - Kurt Geiger, Vince Camuto, Nine West
  • Debenhams - Debut, Faith, Pink by Paradox London, Quiz, Carvela, No 1 Jenny Packham
  • Brown Thomas - Kurt Geiger, Vince Camuto, Ted Baker, Valentino, Karen Millen, Malone Souliers, Gucci, Balenciaga
  • Kildare Village - Kurt Geiger Boutique, LK Bennett, French Connection

High Street

If you're looking for a pair of gorgeous shoes for the big day that won't break the back, get your runners on and hit the old favourites in the city. New Look have a huge range of footwear in every form from flats to pumps to heels, sandals and boots and you're sure to find something to suit for under €50. Keep your eye in Penneys, where the perfect pair could pop up at any time and you're sure to bag them at a bargain. For something different, Topshop and River Island are always worth a look, while Zara have been introducing some very wedding friendly footwear into their collections recently and are well worth a look. At the higher end of the budget, check out Karen Millen, Coast, Ted Baker, Dune, Quiz and Aldo.

Online

If you've something specific in mind and don't fancy traipsing round to find it, online is your only man. Asos and net-a-porter are the go to sites here, but if you're seriously solid on your feet and car-bar heels for others are staples in your work wear, try Prettylittlething.com or Boohoo (be warned, most of these are seriously strappy sandals). Asos do their own range of heels which have some very cute alternative shoes that would be beautiful for a bride not afraid to go with something a little different under the dress. aLso in stock is the wedding collection Be My Bridal, which offers several pairs of white wedding heels, while net-a-porter should be approached with caution unless you've the funds to back it up (you have been warned!)

Stockists

  • asos.com - Caost, Dune, New Look, ASOS DESIGN, Public Desire, RAID, Be Mine Bridal
  • net-a-porter.com - Alexandre Birman, Jimmy Choo, Jennifer Chamandi, Stella McCarthy, Etro, Aquazurra, Sophia Webster, Mui Mui, Prada, D&g, Christian Louboutin, Tabitha Simmons,
  • littlewoodsireland.ie - V by Very, River Island,  Mango, Miss KG, Toms

Other

Second hand stores such as Oxfam and Barnardos often get brand new fresh shoes from designers to sell on, while you could also pick up a 'second-hand' pair of heels that have never been worn. Elsewhere, designer consignment stores such as Siopaella are worth a look as their stock is always of high quality.

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