2012 brides are chic, practical and budget-conscious. And when it comes to their wedding shoes, they want an array of colors, styles and heel heights to choose from. Women's Wear Daily interviewed folks from some of the top bridal accessories boutiques to find out what brides really want in their wedding day kicks. Here's what they had to say...
Versatility—2012 brides want to walk down the aisle in a pair of shoes they can wear again! Makes sense, doesn't it?! This practical desire is driving the colored shoe trend, and means more brides are searching for unique, non-traditional wedding shoe styles.
Jeweled Brooch Accents—Just check out our wedding shoe porn gallery to see this trend in action! Designers like Badgley Mischka offer swoon-worthy wedding shoes with dazzling brooch adornments on everything from peep-toe d'orsay pumps to kitten heeled slip ons. For brides seeking a more custom feel, bring an antique heirloom brooch into a reputable bridal boutique, and ask them to apply it to a simple pair of heels. If you buy the unadorned shoes from that boutique, they should do the brooch applique on the house.
Platforms—Brides tying the knot in 2012 are not afraid of sky high heels! Platform wedding shoes are more popular than ever, featuring gorgeous details like Swarovski crystals, textured rosettes and sheer, illusion fabric.
Bling, Bling—Crystals, rhinestones and sparkle, oh my! According to Kim Hall at Chicago's Left Bank, "Brides are gravitating toward crystal-embellished shoes and putting their own personal style on simpler designs." Shimmery metallics are still on-trend, with gilded golds, and dazzling silvers & pewters, dominating.
A Bold Touch—2012 brides are thinking beyond the white wedding shoe. They're looking for styles that are semi-traditional, but with a funky, edgy pop. Animal prints, jewel tones and avant-garde details are on-deck for 2012!
Which 2012 shoe trend is right up your alley? What style of wedding shoes will you walk down the aisle in?