The goal here is to make an investment you can wear to walk down the aisle and beyond. After all, a white shoe is timeless! Whether you're shopping around for the perfect wedding stilt or are simply in the mood to cop some neat ivories and creams, here are five enduring pairs to seriously consider.
Best Designer Wedding Shoes for Brides:
1. Manolo Blahnik Hangisi
Of course! Just one of the numerous pieces elevated to certified iconhood by Sex and the City's inimitable Carrie Bradshaw, the Manolo Blahnik Hangisi in cobalt satin has become that coveted "something blue" for brides across the globe. Still, whether or not your own Mr. Big has proposed yet, it's equal parts classic and statement, coming in a timeless pump shape yet boasting of a myriad of rainbow hues and embellishments. We're actually really liking these pearl-dotted options in particular, but Heart Evangelista's soft cerulean, legendary crystal buckled velvet version is just as ace. Fun fact: Each glitzy buckle is made with exactly 144 sparkling stones!
Hangisi Satin Jewel Buckle Pumps, $1435 (approximately P74,648), MANOLO BLAHNIK, manoloblahnik.com
2. Casadei Blade
Here's a pick for the cutthroat bridezilla, 'cause this sexy number cuts quite the dashing figure. Literally! Named, obviously, for its vertigo-inducing bladelike stiletto that's slim and sharp enough to dice your lunchtime veggies, family heritage label Casadei's Blade is made with supple, superb Italian craftsmanship designed to lengthen your stems by miles. And, trust us, it definitely does its job. Instantly identifiable by its contrasting high shine silver or gold knife-esque heel molded to a sleek leather body, its tasteful eggshell iteration injects sultry spice into what should be a basic closet staple. That said, go right ahead and snap it up in any of the colors you please.
Blade in White, €655 (approximately P38,541), CASADEI, casadei.com
3. Christian Louboutin So Kate
Another dagger in the hilt! Christian Louboutin's stab happy So Kate has got to be the ultimate killer heel. After all, a quick, casual flash of those telltale lacquered red soles as you strut is widely considered to be the status symbol of status symbols...never mind that many whisper that they're, well, not exactly the comfiest. But who cares? Certainly not any of the millions of ladies who've been fans since the slender, pin-heeled stilts were especially and lovingly made for super duper model Kate Moss. Now that's a legendary namesake.
So Kate, $695 (approximately P36,153), CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN, christianlouboutin.com
4. Stuart Weitzman Nudist
Calling the minimalists out there! The very first time the impossibly subtle Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandals hit the red carpet was when German American actress Diane Kruger, swathed in kaleidoscopic floral Mary Katrantzou, wore them to the 2013 Television Critics Association's summer press tour. Hearts worldwide were instantly won, launching a dizzying slew of copycats eager to mimic its near divine versatility. In a 2017 interview with InStyle, the designer himself spoke about how the virtually invisible yet achingly seductive style was born: "It happened because there was a need for it. Too many celebrities would change their dress at the last minute and those wonderful shoes we made won't go with the new outfit. We needed to have a shoe simple enough that it could go with literally everything. The Nudist is the little black dress of shoes." Brilliant, dear Stuart.
The Nudist Sandal in White, $398 (approximately P20,703), STUART WEITZMAN, stuartweitzman.com
5. Roger Vivier Belle Vivier
If you'd prefer to be comfy and stand low, consider the Roger Vivier Belle Vivier. Born in 1965, it remains every bit the regal grand dame she was originally created to be. If you take a full minute to mull it over, that was a good, hefty 54 years ago. The swinging '60s sure did a ton of things right. So how can something five whole decades old retain its relevance and desirability to this moment? It's almost as if women evolve for mademoiselle Belle and not the other way around. Figures. Its chic, slanted heel, prim square toe, and indicative rectangular buckle read a laidback polish that translates to our flash forward 2020 with cultivated poise. For a Parisian casual, au courant spin after the honeymoon, team 'em with nothing but a plain T-shirt and raw hemmed, cropped flare jeans.
Belle Vivier Trompette Pumps in Patent Leather, €590 (approximately P34,717), ROGER VIVIER, rogervivier.com