Picking the perfect wedding shoes to complement your dress is a task and a half. Let us make it easier with our guide to where to shop for beautiful wedding shoes in Ireland!
Whether you've your heart set on white wedding shoes, or maybe something blue; designer wedding shoes or a highstreet wedding-worthy pair; or even if comfortable wedding shoes and bridal flats are your top priority, we've got the place to go within this list of where to shop for wedding shoes.
Where to shop for wedding shoes: Irish bridal boutiques
You don't have to be tied to the bridal boutique you bought your wedding gown in when it comes to shopping for your wedding shoes, but there are gorgeous options available in some of Ireland's top bridal boutiques. If you're really not sure where to start, going to the people who know best might be a good place to start, and no one knows wedding fashion better than the bridal boutiques. They know the drill - you want something comfortable enough to last in all day, and beautiful enough to match your dream gown.
You can expect to pay a little more than you might on the highstreet, especially if you're looking at bridal shoe designers like Rachel Simpson, Charlotte Mills, Emmy London, Bella Belle, and Harriet Wilde, but perhaps not as much as a designer pair, like those dreamy Jimmy Choo or Louboutin wedding shoes many brides drool over.
So where to go? We've broken it down by wedding shoe designers:
Emmy London: Alice May Bridal, Dublin
Bella Belle: Bella Bleu Bridal, Cork
Harriet Wilde: Peony Bridal, Down
Badgley Mischka: Dublin Bridal House, Dublin
Where to shop for wedding shoes: Department stores
If you're not looking for a one-stop bridal shop, department stores can be a good next step because they'll each stock a wide range of designers giving you a decent amount of choice without having to traipse around individual designer shops. Ireland's department stores stock a sliding scale from high end designer shoes to more affordable highstreet brands, so you should be able to find something to suit your budget.
Where to go? Let's break the department stores down to the designers they stock.
Arnotts: Aldo, Anne Klein, Carvela, DKNY, Karen Millen, KG by Kurt Geiger, Kurt Geiger, Michael Kors, Mint Velvet, Nine West
Brown Thomas: Azzedine Alaia, Balenciaga, Carvela, Chloé, Gianvito Rossi, Givenchy, Gucci, Karen Millen, KG by Kurt Geiger, Kurt Geiger London, LK Bennett, Malone Souliers, Michael Kors, Nine West, Saint Laurent, Sophia Webster, Valentino, Whistles
BT2: Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, Carvela, Chloé, Dolce & Gabbana, Givenchy, Gucci, Isabel Marant, Karen Millen, KG by Kurt Geiger, LK Bennett, Michael Kors, Mint Velvet, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Whistles
Debenhams: Aldo, Anne Klein, Carvela, Clarksm Debut, Faith, J by Jasper Conran, Miss KG, Nine West, No 1 Jenny Packham, Phase Eight, Pink by Paradox London, Principles, Quiz, Ravel
Harvey Nichols: Alexander McQueen, Alexandre Birman, Aquazzura, ATP Atelier, by FAR, Christopher Kane, Flattered, Gianvito Rossi, Jil Sander, Jimmy Choo, Malone Souliers, Mercedes Castillo, Missta, Neous, Rejina Pyo, Saint Laurent, Valentino, Versace
House of Fraser: Aldo, Anne Klein, Carvela, Dune, Gabor, Hobbs, Karen Millen, Kurt Geiger, LK Bennett, Michael Kors, Mint Velvet, Miss KG, Moda in Pelle, Nine West, Oasis, Office, Paradox London, Steve Madden, Whistles
Kildare Village: Clarks, Dune, Escada, French Connection, Guess, Hobbs, Kurt Geiger, LK Bennett, Mulberry, Reiss, The Kooples
Where to shop for wedding shoes: the highstreet
If you're looking for a more budget or affordable option than designer pumps, highstreet wedding shoes have been on the up and up. All your usual highstreet faves like River Island, Topshop, Zara, New Look, & Other Stories, Marks and Spencer, Dune, Ted Baker, Karen Millen, Penneys, Folkster, and Aldo, have gorgeous options, particularly if you're not necessarily looking for white wedding shoes.
Where to shop for wedding shoes: online
Shopping from home more your bag? Online is the way to go, so. There are loads of options online, from smaller designers you might not have access to in store, to online retailers who have really upped their game of late with their wedding shoes offering.
As a side note, this usually suits brides who are looking for something very specific - save yourself traipsing around every shop on the planet and have a spy online first. If you prefer to try on before you buy, it may be a case you can visit the shop, but if you're looking for a particular shade or style, it may save you time and stress to check before what sort of stock the shops have in at the moment.
Where to go? Well ASOS is an obvious place to start - not only do they stock many highstreet brands, but they have their own brands like ASOS Design, which features gorgeous alternative options as well as more traditional options. Littlewoods Ireland have a similar balance of highstreet brands with their own V by Very offering, and Prettylittlething.com and Boohoo.com have extensive ranges of strappy sandals. Zalando has recently launched delivery to Ireland, too, offering current and sometimes last season pumps - so if you've spied something from last season that's just perfect, give Zalando a look before giving up hope. Net-a-porter is your only man if you're looking for higher end shoes or designer labels.
Where to shop for wedding shoes: second hand shoes
Designer shoes out of your budget, or looking for something vintage style? You may have some luck trying Oxfam and Barnardos who often get brand new shoes from designers to sell on. Oxfam on George's St in Dublin has a particular focus on bridal, so they're a good place to start.
Designer consignment stores like Siopaella and Designer Exchange are also always worth a look, as their stock is always high quality and may give you access to a designer shoe you wouldn't have otherwise been able to get your hands on.