Lace wedding dresses are elegant, classy, and romantic. Whether you go for a regal, long-sleeved style, or a layered, bohemian one, lace is stunning worn in a variety of ways.
If you’ve picked out your perfect lace wedding dress, you might now be wondering which shoes to wear with it. Well, we’ve put together a guide to help you decide.
What style of shoe goes well with a lace wedding dress?
First thing’s first, you’re going to want to choose shoes with a smooth texture that won’t catch on your lace dress causing tears and snags. This means avoiding large buckles that could get entangled in the lace, as well as any bulky embellishments.
You might worry that this leaves you with only a few options to choose from, however, there are many shoes out there that pair perfectly with lace, and these are far less likely to damage your dress.
Satin shoes are a good option as they’re smooth and won’t snag the lace, but they also have a sheen that provides an elegant and sophisticated look that pairs well with the luxurious nature of the lace.
These pointed heels from ElegantPark come in ivory or blush pink, as well as a range of other bold colors if that’s more of your thing. These low-heeled satin sandals are also a great option as they’re buckle-free.
They have an adjustable ankle strap and a zipper on the back to allow you to easily get them on and off.
If you’re looking to avoid heels altogether, ballet flats are a great option. There are plenty of glamorous styles on the market, and they provide all-day comfort with less chance of you tripping over or ripping your dress.
Check out these delicate lace ballet pumps that will look sweet and simple paired with your lace dress. The beige ones will go perfectly with a floaty bohemian-style wedding dress, while the silver ones add a touch of glamour.
Speaking of bohemian dresses, there’s also the option of espadrilles, which look gorgeous with dresses that have a floaty, layered skirt.
If you go for ones with ankle ties rather than buckles, you can eliminate the risk of any snags. These gorgeous ones from TONIVIS come in several colors, including a pretty white lace design.
What color shoes go best with lace wedding dresses?
Most brides opt for classic shades such as ivory, champagne, or white, and the key thing to remember is to pick a shade that matches your dress, or that’s darker than your dress.
The reason for this is that if you opt for a color that’s lighter - such as white shoes with an ivory dress - it’s going to make the dress look yellow or dirty. So avoid lighter shoes whatever you do!
Neutral colors can also work perfectly with lace dresses, for example, pale blush tones, earthy beige, or a shade that matches your skin tone.
Neutral tones will keep the focus on the intricate lacework of your dress, plus they’re elegant and classy, and you’ll avoid the risk of going too overboard with embellishments and details.These simple Steve Madden sandals come in a range of subtle neutral tones, or if you want to make more of a statement, you could opt for a brightly colored pair instead.
Heel height really does depend on the individual, as well as the venue where your wedding is being held. For example, if you’re getting married on a beach, stiletto heels are the last thing you’ll want to wear!
That said, if your wedding is being held on flat ground, you can’t go too far wrong with a stiletto heel, and they elongate your silhouette and pair perfectly with elegant lace.
However, we know not everyone can - or enjoys - wearing heels, and it’s important to ensure you’ll be comfortable throughout your special day. Lace dresses can actually look amazing with ballet flats, and if your dress is long your shoes probably won’t be on show much anyway - if at all.
If you want something that provides comfort and height, try a shoe with a block or wedge heel.
The length of your dress is also going to play a major role in the type of shoes you can wear. Like we said at the beginning, lace is easily snagged or ripped, so you’re best to avoid buckled or embellished shoes.
However, if your dress is short, you can pretty much go for any type of shoe you want! If it’s long, you have to be a little more mindful of potential damage to the lace.
That said, long dresses also mean there’s less focus on your shoes, and they’re often hidden, which means you can get away with having to think less about how your feet look.
White dresses: You’re probably best sticking with white shoes, but you can also go darker - ivory or champagne shoes will also work.
Ivory dresses: Avoid white shoes as these will make your ivory dress look dirty. Opt for a champagne color, or neutral tones, or add a bit of glamour with metallic shades like pewter, silver, or gold.
Champagne dresses: It’s best to avoid ivory or white shoes with your champagne dress, but by all means go for a blush pink or neutral shade or even a metallic hue. Champagne looks beautiful with gold for example.
When it comes to lace dresses, it’s best to stick to a solid color. Shoes that have too much going on can be distracting and can take away from the lace detailing of the dress.
If you want to go for a color other than neutral or classic shades, try a bold navy or royal blue, which can look striking against a sleek lace style.
Like we said earlier, you want to avoid any materials that are abrasive or risk ripping or snagging your dress. Materials such as satin, leather, or suede are great as they’re smooth and won’t damage your dress.
Frequently Asked Questions
Do your wedding shoes have to match your dress?
Realistically, nobody can tell you what you can and can’t wear to your wedding. However, conventionally, brides select their shoes after they’ve chosen a dress, as this way they can ensure the two match.
Your shoes don’t have to match your dress exactly, but the two should complement each other. For example, your shoes should never be lighter than your dress, as this can make your dress look dirty!
How do you style a lace wedding dress?
There are so many different ways to style a lace wedding dress. For example, if your dress is a bohemian lace style, mimicking the curves of the lace in your hairstyle - such as a relaxed chignon or soft, flowing waves - can look gorgeous.
Pearl accessories also look amazing with lace, as the two are a match made in heaven. Alternatively, you can decorate your look with subtle crystal details - just ensure that these don’t overshadow the elegance of the lace.
When it comes to your veil, keep it simple. A raw-edge veil will keep the focus where you want it - on your dress.
Stay true to your personality
The main thing when it comes to selecting attire for your wedding is to always stay true to your personality. If you’re uncomfortable wearing heels, don’t wear heels just because you feel pressure to.
The most important thing is you select a pair of shoes that represent your personality, whether they’re a pair of converse or a pair of towering stilettos.