If you think that bridal shoes are limited to high heels and stilettos, you only need to look to recent weddings to see that it’s much more than that. Aside from bridal sneakers, bridal boots have also become a thing.
In fact, a number of celebrities have already rocked them long before we even considered it as an option ourselves! There was Regine Velasquez who wore metal-plated Chanel boots with her red Monique Lhuillier gown, Anne Curtis and her Prada combat boots, and Joyce Pring and her Zara Chelsea booties. Needless to say, their bridal shoe choices were so memorable, proving that rock 'n' roll boots do go well with a posh ivory gown. If you’re considering this sartorial proposition, here are 10 cool boots to get you started:
Ann Demeuleester Lace-Up Leather Ankle Boots
Lace-up leather Ankle Boots, around P44,717, ANN DEMEULEMEESTER, net-a-porter.com
What makes boots and wedding dresses work is the stark contrast between the two: the elegance of a white gown and the edginess of boots. If you want to take it to the extreme, consider a pair of bad-ass combat boots like this chunky design from Ann Demeuleester, which features a stacked heel for extra height—great for gowns with long hemlines.
Gianvito Rossi 70 Leather Ankle Boots
70 leather Ankle Boots, around P42,255, GIANVITO ROSSI, net-a-porter.com
For sleeker bridal looks like jumpsuits or slip dresses, you can still get away with wearing boots—even if they’re not the clunky kind. Match your gown’s minimalist aesthetic with shoes that are just as chic, like this pointy pair from Gianvito Rossi. Imagine it with a mid-length two-piece bridal look or any tea-length skirt!
Isabel Marant Duerto Texan Ankle Boots
Duerto Texan Ankle Boots, around P36,457, ISABEL MARANT, farfetch.com
If dreamy heels had a boots counterpart, this would be it! Just look at that intricate embroidery—it’s details like this you don't want to miss out on! The design’s vintage bohemian appeal is perfect for brides who want something bold yet not too edgy. The low heel is great for mid-length dresses and even soft tulle skirts—they'll look so cute peeping from beneath!
Alexander McQueen Chelsea Boots
Glossed-leather Exaggerated-sole Chelsea Boots, around P 22,974, ALEXANDER MCQUEEN, net-a-porter.com
Chelsea boots first appeared in the Victorian era, but its cult sartorial status was sealed in the 1960s when it became a mod fashion essential. It’s characterized by its snug fit, elasticized gussets, and loop at the back, making it the perfect choice for brides who are looking for comfy shoes! Plus, this pair from Alexander McQueen, in particular, has a chunky sole for extra height.
Prada Brushed Leather Booties
Brushed Leather Booties, price unavailable, PRADA, prada.com
For no-frills boots with a timeless appeal, look no further than Prada’s Chelsea boots. It features understated details like the upper brogue design and the shiny brushed leather. Unlike typical Chelsea boots, this one has a lug sole, which makes it perfect for brides who have to walk uneven terrain on the way to the aisle!
Rag & Bone Shiloh High Ankle Boots
Shiloh High Leather Ankle Boots, around P 29,423, RAG & BONE, net-a-porter.com
Torn between Chelsea boots and combat boots? You can have the best of both worlds with this Rag & Bone pair! It combines the tight fit of Chelsea boots with the mid-calf height of combat boots, literally elevated with a high block heel. Great for voluminous designs (like tiered skirts and tulle gowns) or slim, floor-length ones (like column dresses or long slip dresses).
Tory Burch Embellished-Buckle Ankle Boots
Embellished-buckle Ankle Boots, around 17,254, TORY BURCH, farfetch.com
If outdoorsy boots are too adventurous for your taste, know that there are other boots with a more formal and feminine appeal, like this pair from Tory Burch. Characterized by its sensuous lines and pointed toe, the design features an embellished buckle that will add old world glamour to any bridal look.
Jimmy Choo Leille 100 Ankle Boots
Leille 100 Crystal-embellished Suede Ankle Boots, around P43,544, JIMMY CHOO, net-a-porter.com
Plan to dance the night away come reception? Anticipate the party with these sky-high boots from Jimmy Choo. It’s made with buttery suede and is accented by a slinky crystal chain that trails down the heel—it’ll dazzle on the dance floor! Plus, the boot’s shaft cuts right above the ankle, making it perfect not only for floor-grazing gowns but mid-length ones.
Giuseppe Zanotti Chris Leather Ankle Boots
Chris Leather Ankle Boots, around P46,078, GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI, net-a-porter.com
When you’re stumped for inspiration, you can always rely on good old combat boots, as they juxtapose in the most flattering of ways against any kind of wedding gown. This classic pair from Giuseppe Zanotti features a clean upper, a rubber lug sole, and a zip fastening on the side for ease. Its low heel makes it a safe choice for any hemline, too, but we think it’ll look especially smashing with tea-length ones.
Saint Laurent Charlie Ankle Boots
Charlie Buckled Suede Ankle Boots, around P47,603, SAINT LAURENT, net-a-porter.com
For weddings with a vintage '60s appeal, consider injecting a little sixties vibe into your bridal look with these suede booties from Saint Laurent. Its slender shape is cuffed with a thick buckle. Perfect for gowns with high-low hemlines, mod-inspired dresses, or even romantic Victorian-esque frocks!