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Looking for bridal footwear that’s as unique as you? Check out our 22 picks for the best alternative wedding shoes!


Hello, fabulous brides-to-be! Your wedding day is your chance to shine like the star you are, and that starts from the ground up – with your shoes! While traditional heels are a classic choice, why not try a pair of alternative wedding shoes that screams ‘YOU’? 

In this exciting product roundup, we’ve scoured the fashion universe to bring you 22 show-stopping, unconventional, unique wedding shoe options that will make your heart skip a beat. 

Whether you’re all about everyday comfort, edgy vibes, or a dash of country Western, we’ve got your feet covered. These non traditional wedding shoes aren’t just accessories; they’re an expression of your personality. Let’s ‘step’ in and discover the perfectly unique shoe styles to make your big day even more unforgettable.

22 Non-Traditional Wedding Shoes That Will Make A Statement!

wedding pumps

Call It Spring Blue Sparkling Pump

DSW • $59.99

Make your something blue, your shoe! These unique wedding pumps have super cute details including the pearly anklet and bow charms. This dainty shoe is pretty, and a twist from the standard white!

hand painted-bridal pumps

Custom Hand-painted Unique Bridal Shoes

Etsy • $257

For truly unique bridal shoes, you can get them custom painted. This etsy store will hand-paint your own special details onto your shoes, including names, dates and other special memories! Such a cute keepsake.

wedding cowboy boots

Matisse Harlow Wedding Cowboy Boots

Nordstrom • $190

Western, but make it blinging! We’ve seen brides in white wedding cowboy boots before, but rhinestone covered takes it to the next level! We’re in LOVE!

bejeweled - wedding pumps

Azalea Wang Kiki Feather Embellished Platform Sandal

Nordstrom • $119

If the brief says, ‘alternative shoes for wedding’ then I think we’ve found some that make the grade. Embellishments, glitter, and feather details make these shoes stand out from the crowd. They’ll turn heads and get compliments whenever you wear them!

wedding crocs

Wedding Crocs Platform Sandal

Nordstrom • $79.99

Wedding Crocs for brides are a thing and we are here for it! I know people who wear Crocs on the daily, and if that’s you – why sacrifice comfort on your wedding day! These platform Crocs are stylish and you’ll be able to dance all night at your reception.

wedding ankle boots

42 Gold Blue Wedding Ankle Boots

Nordstrom • $160

An alternative to bridal pumps is to wear booties! We love the idea of this blue pop of color under your dress, especially for a fall wedding. Love the style, but not the shade – they’re also available in white.

block heel-bridal converse

Bridal Converse Chuck 70 De Luxe Heel

Converse • $120

Bridal Converse can be the regular white pumps, or you really push it with these heeled boots! The signature Converse style made glam. Perfect for sportier brides on their big day.

birkenstock-alternative shoes for wedding

Birkenstock Arizona Soft Footbed Sandal

Nordstrom • $140

Wedding Birkenstocks? Yes, truly. These oh-so-comfy flats can make an appearance on your big day. Try a pair of white, or even these snazzy silver to make them a bit more special!

hunter rain boots-non traditional wedding shoes

Hunter Original Rain Boot

Nordstrom • $170

We love the thought of splashing around in wedding rain boots! If you’re getting married in a season where the weather isn’t guaranteed – make no mistakes and keep your feet cozy and dry. These Hunter boots come in white willow – a perfect bridal shade.

barefoot sandals-unique wedding shoes

Gold Barefoot Sandals

Etsy • $42.99

When are alternative wedding shoes not shoes? When they’re barefoot sandals! These unique foot pieces slip over your feet to give the illusion of shoes, and are perfect for a beach wedding!

waterproof-wedding hiking boots

Timberland Kinsley Waterproof Wedding Hiking Boots

Nordstrom • $140

If you’re a bride that’s a fan of the great outdoors, keep the theme going by wearing wedding hiking boots on your special day. These white Timberland’s would look so cute with a fluffy wedding gown, and you’ll have wedding memories with you every time you hit the trail.

bridal pumps

Azalea Wang Blue Bridal Pumps

Nordstrom • $99

We loved the design of these sparkly bridal pumps with ankle straps. They bring in that alternative blue, and have an edgy appearance, for brides who want to rock a wedding heel that’s a little different!

bridal doc martens

Bridal Doc Martens Boot

DSW • $160

Wedding Doc Martens are here! For edgy brides, who want to stomp down the aisle, why not rock the world’s most famous combat boots to do it? Grab them in white leather – or these gorge white patent for an extra shine!

bridal crocs

Bridal Crocs Siren Platform Clog

Nordstrom • $74.99

Yes, we’ve already included wedding Crocs, but we loved the unique platform heel of these clogs. And the bone color, instead of the typical white, would be a better match for brides who opt for a cream or ivory gown. 

UGG-alternative shoes for wedding

UGG Classic White Bootie

Nordstrom • $

Are sweats and UGGs your usual attire? Then why break tradition on your wedding day. Take these white UGG boots for a spin and be warm and cozy for your entire day. Perfect for winter brides!

embroidered-wedding cowboy boots

Azalea Wang Embroidered Western Boot

Nordstrom • $129

Do we even need to add a description to these incredible wedding cowboy boots? Their floral embellishments and bling is just perfection! A statement worthy of your western wedding theme!

wedges-non traditional wedding shoes

Jeffrey Campbell Acetate Wedge Mule

Nordstrom • $134.95

Or if show-stopping isn’t your thing – why not go for an invisible clear bridal shoe? Clear shoes are like the Cinderella glass slippers of the modern era! These mules add height, but leaves your guests attention solely on your and your gown.

bridal converse

Personalized Mr & Mrs Skull Wedding Sneakers

Etsy • $44.45+

Another custom look that we adore is these personalized Mr & Mrs sneakers. Printed with your name and  ’til death do us part’, they’re fun and a lasting tribute that you wear on your feet, on your wedding day and beyond.

white-wedding cowboy boots

Betsey Johnson Embellished White Wedding Cowboy Boots

Nordstrom • $169

Covered in tiny pearl details, you can bring western vibes to your big day in perfect bridal style. These white wedding cowboy boots are just perfect for a western princess!

bridal pumps

Sophia Webster Heavenly Crystal Sandal

Nordstrom • $980

Okay – please don’t get mad at us at this pair of high heels certainly ain’t budget savvy… but they are GORGEOUS! We couldn’t do an article on unique wedding shoes without mentioning Sophia Webster… and some things are worth the splurge if you can save elsewhere!

platform sneakers-unique bridal shoes

Keds Triple Up Platform Wedding Sneakers

DSW • $94.99

We love the thought of wearing bridal sneakers for your wedding day (in fact we have a whole other article about it here!) Look at how cute these bridal Keds are – the 3D flower petals are so unique and interesting.

platform-wedding pumps

Call It Spring Kamilia Embellished Pump

DSW • $69.99

Bridal pumps – but make them sky high! Calling our petite brides-to-be – these shoes are for you! Not only will you be taller, but the chunky sole makes them remain just as comfy for all day wear.

white wedding cowboy boot

Women’s Gaucho Cowboy Boot

Famous Footwear • $89.99

Coconuts Women Gaucho Cowboy Boots are a fun little wedding boot to slip on. It’s definitely on the less formal side, but it’s a great statement boot to wear on a beach, at an indoor or outdoor destination.

sneaker-alternative shoes for wedding

Women’s Court Vision Mid Sneaker

Famous Footwear • $89.99

Why be uncomfortable all night when you can wear Nike Court Vision Mid Sneaker’s during the recpetion? Replace your heels with something that will keep you dancing all night. 

converse-non traditional wedding shoes

Converse All Star Move High Top Sneaker

Famous Footwear • $59.99

Converse All Star Move High Top Sneaker’s have maximum comfort for long lasting wear with its plushy, cushioned insole. 

loafer-alternative shoes for wedding

Women’s Deana Loafer

Famous Footwear • $89.99

The Circus NY Deana Loafer is a comfortable route to go, as it’s still dressy, but the lack of heel, makes it easy to wear throughout the day. You can even easily rewear these shoes after the wedding.

Alternative Wedding Shoes – Important Questions Answered!

Wedding shoes that can be worn again?

The truth is that you’re unlikely to ever put on your wedding dress again – but your shoes? Depending on what you choose, you can definitely rewear your wedding shoes on other occasions, and they’ll be there for a cute reminder of your special day whenever you do. 

That’s why the fun alternative wedding shoes from our article are great, as they can be worn again and again! Plus the more you wear them – the more budget savvy they become. So you can afford to splurge a little.

What shoes to wear to a wedding if you don’t like heels?

It really is no problem at all if you’re not a fan of heels for a wedding! There are lots of comfy and stylish alternative wedding shoes to choose from. 

For summer weddings you can go for classic wedding flats, stable wedges, or even chic sneakers – plus the top picks from this article if you want a unique twist. For more unpredictable weather seasons – mix it up with booties or cowboy boots! 

It’s all about personal preference and having the best time on your big day. Plus the fact that unique shoes can add a really special element to your wedding story (I’m visualizing the perfect barn wedding photos with the bride in white rain boots!) Pick what makes you happy and strut your stuff!

Do brides wear heels all day?

Brides can choose whether or not to wear heels all day on their wedding day. It really depends on what feels most comfortable and enjoyable for them. Some start in heels for the ceremony but switch to comfy shoes later for the reception, especially for hitting the dance floor all night long. 

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Laura is a shopping enthusiast and content creator. Originally from England, she now resides in the Mexican Caribbean. When not penning captivating content, Laura loves scuba diving and beach days with friends.