The ivory wedding dress is an absolute classic. Sophisticated and timeless, all brides look good wearing ivory for their special day. But while the dress is an easy decision, picking the right pair of shoes can be a lot more complicated.
Choosing shoes to wear with an ivory wedding dress doesn’t have to be difficult. Neutral shades, bold colors, patterns, and sparkles – all can look wonderful paired with ivory. In fact, the only thing to avoid is bright white, as this can make the ivory seem dirty in comparison.
The style and color of the shoe is quite flexible. From the size of the heel to the materials used, the shoe can be a fantastic way to add an extra dash of personality.
This guide rounds up some of the best shoes available for a good price. Whether it’s a subtle nude or a bold print, the perfect shoe is definitely out there.
Neutrals or Nudes
Let’s be honest: the dress is the star of the show. A wedding dress is something that many young girls dream of, and choosing the right one should be a real highlight of the entire wedding experience.
A nude shoe can be perfect for an ivory dress because it doesn’t draw attention. Sophisticated and sleek, a neutral shoe sits quietly beneath the dress and doesn’t steal any of the focus.
Although we can spend a lot of time stressing over the shoe choice, for most of the day they won’t actually be seen. Wearing a shoe in a neutral color won’t draw the eye, and the dress is able to speak for itself.
Nude shoes are those which come in a color similar to a skin tone. Browns and creams are what you need to look out for. When you’re picking a nude shoe, it doesn’t actually have to match your skin tone. Think of nude lipsticks – you won’t necessarily pick one that blends into the face.
If you choose a neutral shoe, earth tones and grays are the traditional choice. Interestingly, navy blue is also considered a nude, because it adapts to any color.
Another advantage of the nude shoe is it allows you to play around a bit with the style. Nudes are simple, so you can let your personality shine in other ways.
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Nude ballet flats are the simplest option for a wedding, but that might be just right for you. If you’re a bride after a laid-back wedding, these will keep you comfortable throughout the day. These are also great if you have a very long dress.
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These shoes have just enough height to elongate the leg, with an elegant thin heel. A classic choice, for a sophisticated bride.
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There is so much to love in this soft looking shoe. You’ll spend a lot of your day on your feet, and this wrap around design is both supportive and stylish.
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A nude pump will make your legs look extra long, and this balanced design gives height without making it hard to walk. For a bride on a budget, these shoes are useful for everyday life.
Metallic shoes are essentially nudes with a bit of sparkle. Gold, silver, bronze, will all go with an ivory dress, and they’re a bit more fun than a basic nude.
A metallic shoe can be the perfect choice to pull your look together. The fashion rule is to never mix metallic colors, so picking a silver shoe can help make decisions for jewelry, hair, and even makeup.
The wonderful thing about metallic shoes is that they add personality, without drawing focus from the dress. They also transition perfectly to evening wear, and you’ll be desperate to get on the dance floor with some of these options.
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Sophisticated brides will love the easy simplicity of the dark silver heels. The unusual color helps them to stand out, complemented by the classic design. They manage to let the dress do the talking, while not completely fading into the background.
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Ballet flats don’t have to be a boring choice! This rhinestone pair is so cute, and will look incredible with an ivory dress. The pointed toe will just peek out from underneath the skirt, adding that tiny bit of glitz.
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A slightly unusual choice, but ideal for a more casual wedding. The combination of rose gold and wooden heel would be perfect for a beach or outdoor venue, and they’re comfortable.
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For the bride who’s confident on a high heel, these will take you from day to night in style. Super shiny, and the most gorgeous color, they’re amazing for a bride who wants to feel like a princess.
All weddings are a romantic occasion, but if you want a real fairy tale vibe, it’s hard to go wrong with a pastel shoe. Pale colors are dreamy, and they give a soft finish to an ivory dress.
Pinks, purples, blues, greens, yellows – pastel shades go so well with ivory. They give that slight touch of color without being daring.
It’s easy to shy away from color because weddings are such a traditional affair, but pastels allow you to add that pop. If you’re a bride who sighs over dreamy images of flowering meadows, then a pastel shoe might be just right.
Pastels are great for both traditional and modern weddings. They don’t overwhelm, and they go amazingly with natural materials and light, airy spaces.
If you’re struggling to think of a color for your shoes, then imagine the flowers in your wedding bouquet. Matching your shoes to your bouquet is a really cute touch, and it helps to pull together a look.
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The baby blue of this block heel is just lovely, and will look beautiful at a daytime wedding. An elegant curved shape makes these a romantic shoe.
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There’s something so delightfully different about this green shoe. The large straps and subtle green coloring puts them in the perfect place between statement and unassuming. For the bride who wants something different.
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These are so romantic, you just want to swoon looking at them. That pale pink shade is the most dreamy of colors, and the slim 4-inch heel is gorgeous.
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Lovers of vintage weddings will want to take a look at these Mary Jane’s. Ideal for an outdoor wedding, or those at an unusual venue. They also go so well with a shorter dress, for a total retro vibe.
Champagne should be all over weddings! It’s not only the drink for celebrations, but it’s the color for it too. Champagne shoes are in that same off-white category as ivory, which makes them a choice that matches without being too similar.
If you’re a fan of metallic, but don’t want to go quite that bright, champagne is the perfect middle ground. It’s almost a metallic neutral, which is why it’s so adaptable. For an evening wedding, champagne simply glows under the lights.
The only problem with champagne is that, much like ivory, it can be a few different colors. Be careful to try the shoes with your dress before the big day.
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A breathable pair of flats, the champagne color is enhanced with all the sparkle. Party flats that are still formal, your feet will thank you for choosing these.
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With a sexy heel, the smooth coloring, and the fizz of the jewels, this pair seems almost like champagne in shoe form. Any bride who wants to feel super special on her special day will love wearing these.
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The subtle champagne color looks gorgeous peeking out from under a long skirt, but aren’t these perfect for a shorter dress? The bow on the back is fun without being distracting.
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Say hello to the perfect beach wedding shoes. They’re cute, comfortable, and won’t sink you into the ground. Champagne looks beautiful against golden sand, and the jewels add a touch of sparkle.
Bright colors with a wedding dress? It might seem crazy, but a bold tone could be just what you’re after. It acts as an amazing contrast to the classic white of ivory, and adds so much personality.
Imagine the skirt of your ivory dress, fluttering around you with each step. As it moves, your guests get a little glimpse of a splash of color. It’s exciting and tantalizing, without ever ruining the effect of your classic ivory gown.
A bright shoe in a modern venue is a match made in heaven. Weddings are such a traditional occasion, but they’re also a celebration of people in love. Brightly colored shoes are the confetti of an outfit.
If you want to go for bright colors, you need to go bright. It should stand out against the pale ivory, like a punctuation mark at the end of a poetic sentence.
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This bright blue pair is not for the shy and retiring bride. However, the simple shape and lace detailing gives them that slightly traditional look, which is fitting for a wedding. And your “something blue” is sorted.
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Okay, these definitely aren’t shoes for every bride. But they’re sure to be just right for someone. The fluffy toe, mega heel, and thin straps means a confident bride will look fabulous.
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Yellow and snakeskin? Somehow, it just works. With thin crossing straps, the color isn’t too strong while still making a statement.
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Can’t you just imagine these shoes with a matching lipstick? The bright red color will look amazing against an ivory dress, and the lower heel keeps your feet refreshed after a long day.
By this point, you’re probably thinking that literally every color will go with ivory – and you’re not far off. Dark colors are tricky to get right, but they can make a sophisticated choice for an elegant bride.
Dark colors cast a real contrast against the white of an ivory gown, but they don’t stand out. Instead, the pared back shades are a surprisingly quiet choice. They’re particularly good for small winter weddings.
There’s a sense of maturity to dark shoes, which is why they tend to be favored for simple weddings. Dark blue, burgundy, forest green, or a rich purple are all good choices. They look at their best with a relatively simple gown, where the darker colors don’t weigh down the decorations.
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There are few shoes that are more elegant than this olive green pair. They’re also sure to be comfortable, thanks to the smaller heel and thicker sole. Ideal for an outdoor fall wedding.
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Business in the front and part in the back generally refers to hairstyles we prefer to keep away from weddings, but we’re obsessed with these shoes. The surprise bow on the heel is the perfect addition.
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Rich purple is a color associated with royalty, and you’re sure to look like a queen in these. They’re lightweight and comfortable. Wear them to make your way down the aisle at a cottage wedding.
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Chic is the word that just sums these shoes up. Mary Jane’s are best with knee-length dresses and swinging skirts. You’ve got to love that deep navy blue.
Patterns or Print
Everyone loves a wedding where you get to see the personality of the happy couple. Prints and patterns on shoes are perfect for this. Whether you want stripes or spots, leopards or snakes, florals or geometry – a patterned shoe is a way to put your stamp on the special day.
A printed shoe with an ivory dress is wonderful because it’s such a surprise. For most of the day, the shoe will be hidden by your gorgeous skirt. But then the moment comes, and you get to reveal the shoe that’s underneath. They look so great in photos as well, and allow for some fun posing.
If you want to go for a pattern, don’t feel like you have to hold back. Patterns are expressive, and there are so many options available. Because they’re high contrast, you don’t have to worry about finding the perfect match – the contrast almost is the match.
Patterned shoes are also great choices for bridesmaids. Let them all pick a different design to wear with the same dress for a cute twist on the traditional set up.
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How perfect are these? The lower heel is absolutely ideal for the fun leopard print. Leopard print can be overwhelming across a larger shoe, but the block heel and band combination make these sleek for a wedding.
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Florals always have a place at weddings, and that doesn’t stop at the shoes. The flower print is absolutely gorgeous. This is a classy way to do a print.
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The 90s are coming back in a big way, and these checker print shoes play on that perfectly. Everything from the baby pink to the block heel is adorably vintage, but still so fashionable.
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These shoes are all about that print. It’s a fresh look, but the muted colors prevent the design from becoming too much. Think of all the incredible jewelry you can match with this shoe.
Sparkles, Studs, and Transparent
It’s literally impossible to go wrong with glitz at a wedding. Sparkly shoes complement every kind of wedding dress, and ivory is no exception. A shoe covered in sparkle doesn’t need to match, because it’s all glitter.
Like prints and colors, sparkling shoes are a splash of interest under a traditional dress. If you’ve gone for a simple ivory design, then sparkles give just that bit of drama. And if you have a heavily embellished dress, studded shoes balance the outfit.
If you’ve dreamed of a fairy tale wedding, it’s hard to resist a pair of sparkly shoes. Just go for it, and you can appreciate your sparkly shoes all the way into the night.
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The cut-out design of these shoes is incredibly intricate, giving the impression of delicate lace. Covered in glitter and studs, these are shoes that complete an outfit.
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If you buy these shoes, you’re going to want to get them out for every photo. The back and straps are both clear, but the front is decorated with a gorgeous rhinestone design. The wine cup heel makes them stable and helps keep the weight off.
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If you’re worried about matching your shoes to your dress, then this is the perfect workaround. There’s nothing to match when the shoes are transparent! The scattering of sparkles keeps the focus on the shoe, and off your toes.
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For the bride who’s looking forward to the disco, these are incredible. The clear toe strap means from the front they match with everything, and the glittered back is the life of the party. If you plan on doing lots of dancing, these both look the part, and feel comfortable.
If in doubt, stick with ivory. This monochrome look is incredibly traditional, and beautifully streamlined. An ivory dress with ivory shoes will make you look like a dream bride.
Ivory is a gorgeous shade, but it isn’t universally the same. That means, if you decide to buy ivory shoes, they have to exactly match your dress. If you can, look for shoes when you buy the dress.
A good boutique will have a few options in store. Otherwise, be sure that any shoe you buy can be sent back if it’s not quite right. Ivory in just slightly the wrong shade will look strange.
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Lace is a sneaky choice for an ivory shoe, because the lower coverage means the color match doesn’t have to be just right. These flats are a mixture of classic, cute, and comfortable.
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These shoes manage to look exactly like the kind of wedding shoes girls literally dream of. The classic shaping, the elegant distribution of sparkle, finished with that beautiful ivory shade.
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This is another pair where the lace is used to tone down the ivory. Finished with a loose bow, these are a traditional choice for a traditional bride.
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Weddings are the occasion for glitz, and this ivory pair combines decoration and refinement for an incredible effect. So pretty you won’t want to take them off, and comfortable enough that you don’t have to.
What color shoes should you NEVER wear with an ivory dress?
Ivory dresses may look gorgeous with multiple styles of shoes, but there is one color you should never wear: white. If there’s a color that just doesn’t work, it’s classic and bright white.
This might sound a little strange. How can yellow work with an ivory dress, but white doesn’t? Especially as they’re so similar. Well, the reason is just how similar they are. Next to pure sparkling white, ivory seems dull and even dirty. A white toe peeking out behind ivory fabric will look super clean, and the ivory just isn’t right in comparison.
Of course, white shoes with an ivory gown isn’t a disaster, and you may be able to make it work. It’s just that with so many colors that complement so well, white really isn’t worth the effort.
The best shoes to wear with an ivory wedding dress are the ones that make you feel special. Whether you prefer a classic neutral, a dreamy pastel, or even a wild bold print, ivory is one of the most adaptable dress colors around. So don’t be afraid to show some personality. You’re sure to look amazing no matter what.