Wedding Shoes

Choose your shoes


Give a girl the right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” Sage words, Marilyn Monroe. But what if you don’t speak ‘shoe’? Here’s a breakdown of the key terms you need to know.

Shoe guide for the gals


If your veins aren’t filled with Louboutin red, browsing the shoe section at your favourite department store may leave you more befuddled than bewitched.


  • Stiletto: Perpetually sexy, this heel is at least 5cm high and as skinny as they come.
  • Kitten: A tiny heel – generally three to four centimetres high, max.
  • Chunky: A heel that follows the same width the whole way through.
  • Cone: A thick heel that tapers to a thinner end, kind of like an ice cream cone.
  • Wedge: A heel that fills the entire space under the arch and heel of your foot.


  • Peep toe: An almond toe shoe with the tip partially cut away, revealing a hint of toe.
  • Open toe: Rounded or almond toe shoes with the entire tip cut away, revealing all your toes.
  • Almond toe: Not round or pointed, this toe shape is just in the middle with an elongated shape.
  • Pointed toe: As the name suggests, the toe narrows right down to a dramatic point.
  • Round toe: Gently curving round your toe, like a ballet flat. A sweet, playful wedding shoe option!


  • Mary Jane: A shoe with a low strap running across the front of your foot.
  • T-Strap: 1920s style – a shoe with a strap running up your foot, towards your ankle.
  • Slingback: A backless shoe with a strap behind your heel or ankle.
  • Ankle Strap: A strap which wraps around your ankle.
  • Gladiators: Heels with multiple straps crisscrossing over your feet and ankles.

Shoe guide for the guys


On your wedding day, it’s important to look like the gentleman you are – sharp, stylish and downright suave.


  • Oxford: More formal than Derby shoes, constructed to look like one piece of leather with closed lacing eyelet tabs.
  • Derby: A casual shoe which fits easily, featuring open lacing eyelet tabs.
  • Loafer: A slip-on shoe with a flat heel, no fastenings and variety of toe and vamp styles.
  • Dress boot: Like an Oxford or Derby shoe, but with a longer shaft which covers the ankle.
  • Chelsea boot: Your typical workman’s boots – flat or heeled, laceless and with a stretchy side so your foot can slide on in.


  • Chisel toe: A toe with angled sides and a straight edge, looking just like a chisel.
  • Round toe: Like the name says, it’s round – though some designs are quite full and round, while others are more tapered.
  • Plain toe: A toe box with no decorative designs.
  • Cap toe: A shoe with an additional, reinforced layer on the main toe.
  • Wing tip: A shoe with a reinforced layer on the toe with a distinctive ‘wing’ design, stretching along the sides of the foot with a point in the middle of the layer.
  • Apron toe: A design which features a ‘strip’ of leather wrapping around the sides of the shoe, slightly covering the top of the toe box.


  • Closed lacing: Where the eyelet tabs (quarters) are stitched underneath the top of the shoe (vamp), creating a sleek look.
  • Open lacing: Where the quarters are stitched on top of the vamp, adding flaps and a more casual fit.


  • Decorative perforation and punching on a shoe, generally on a cap or wing tip toe.

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