Your Glass Slipper

Cinderella’s magic glass slipper led Prince Charming to her. Although most wedding shoes are not as famous, they have played an important part throughout history. 

Anglo-Saxon brides had the tradition of tossing their shoes instead of bouquets to bridesmaids who hoped to be the next in line to marry.  Brides in old England followed the directive that they wear “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue—and a sixpence in her shoe” by tucking coins into their wedding slippers. 

Queen Victoria inspired millions of modern-day brides by choosing a white gown and white shoes for her wedding in 1840. Until then, blue was the color of choice for bridal ensembles.  Princess Diana, chose low-heeled, pearl-encrusted, ivory silk flats for her wedding, so as not to tower over Prince Charles. 

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Today's brides make the journey from once upon a time to happily ever after in all manner of magic slippers -- high heels, low heels, sandals, pumps and even bejeweled flip-flops, says Anna Pezik, senior editor at Although some brides stick with the traditional white satin pump, many brides are choosing a shoe which reflects their own individual style.

Designers such as Vera Wang, Jimmy Choo, Stuart Weitzman, Kenneth Cole and Manolo Blahnik have filled shelves with wedding pumps, slingbacks, sandals and ballet flats in bronze, silver, gold and pewter metallic shades and soft pastels, as well as ivory and white. Detailing includes bows, beading, embroidery and lace. Heel heights and silhouettes range from flat to stiletto. Toes can be open, closed, pointed, rounded or squared.

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The brides shoe can help create the atmosphere of the wedding. In fact, bridal shoes are so beautiful that brides are choosing styles they can wear again and not for just one day.

Brides planning beach weddings have stylish choices that go beyond the humble rubber flip-flop. "Stuart Weitzman makes an adorable jelly sandal with crystal accents and kitten heels," Pezik says. "You can also find bridal beach footwear with wedge heels and platform heels."


Even for the trendiest brides, tradition can still play a role. Several designers, including Fifi, line bridal footwear with azure-colored fabric to meet the “something blue” requirement.

So no matter what your shoe style is, there are many to choose from when you marry your handsome prince!