What if we told you we had a shoe for all your moods this shaadi season?
Whether you’re an enthusiastic Esha, a lazy Lata, or a drunk Divya
As anyone who’s watched Hum Aapke Hai Kaun knows (remember Joote De Do, Paise Le Lo?), the joota-chupai ceremony is the most fun you can have at an Indian wedding apart from the live jalebi station. But in times bygone there was another ceremony practiced by the wedding guests to bestow good luck on the new couple: throwing your shoes at them.
According to a 24-page treatise called Shoe-Throwing at Weddings by seismologist James Crombie, it was customary for the English in the Victorian era – and in turn, their colonies including India – to pelt a bride and groom with their old shoes after the wedding ceremony was over to wish them a happy married life. Thankfully, for both the young couple and our beloved shaadi shoes, we don’t practice this ceremony anymore.
Whether you’re a part of the bridal crew, a regular guest, or the bride herself, a major part of wedding glam is the wedding shoes – meant for wearing, not for throwing. They have to be chic yet comfortable enough that you can stand on your feet for long nights, even if your alcohol tolerance is laughable. As the entourage of weddings approaches us like a bat out of hell, we’ve compiled a list of shoes for the wedding season based on all your moods. Whether you’re an enthusiastic Esha, a lazy Lata, or a drunk Divya, we’ve got the wedding kicks for your arsenal. And while you have your credit card in hand, here are 11 wedding outfits you can match them with if bling isn’t your thing.
What to wear this wedding season, depending on your personality
Heels for the ones who are the life of the party
Under ₹2,000: Sequinned open-toe heels by House of Pataudi
If you’re joined at the hip with your heels, this pair by House of Pataudi will become your go-to shoes for the wedding season.
These grey sequinned heels come with a cushioned footbed that will give you just as much support as your best friend’s arm when you’ve both had one too many signature cocktails.
Get them here for ₹1,559.
Between ₹2,000-₹5,000: Noor wedges by Tweak X Stoffa
For those of you who love your heels but can’t part with your fuzzy slippers, Noor from the Tweak X Stoffa limited collection will be your best bet. Her padded soles will cuddle your feet like your cat does when you come home from work.
The comfiest wedges on the market, the elegant mirror-work embroidery on Noor makes her the perfect pick to add a dash of style to your ethnic outfits. Style her with a sleek kurta-palazzo set or an easy-breezy lehenga. Because who doesn’t want an eye-catching heel for the upcoming shaadi season, which also feels like you’re walking on clouds?
Get them here for ₹3,900.
Sky’s the limit: Isadora stilettos by Papa Don’t Preach
Are you one of those people who loves dressing up? So much so that you even get decked up for Zoom calls? Then these whimsical stilettos by Papa Don’t Preach are your best companion to catwalk through the grand entrance of the wedding venue. As you do your namastes and whatnots with the bade-buzurg log, all eyes will be on your beacon-like shoes calling for compliments.
And that’s not even the best part. Awarded the tag of best vegan shoes by PETA India, the stilettos are lined and finished using only manmade fabrics and are 100% vegan.
Get them here for ₹35,000.
Sneakers for the ones who put their
PJs comfort over everything
Under ₹2,000: Sneaker juttis by The Tassle Life
A cross between a sneaker and a jutti, this pair by The Tassle Life comes with a cute pineapple print perfect for those haldi and mehendi functions. You can look and feel your best while you dance to the beat of dhol and run errands for the bride.
Get them here for ₹1,599.
Between ₹2000-₹5000: Ethnic sneakers by The Saree Sneakers
If you were one of those people who became one with their pyjamas over the past two years, these ethnic sneakers are for you. Marrying the clean and classic white sneaker with Indian hand embroidery, these shoes by the Saree Sneakers are a lazy person’s dream come true.
As you head to a sangeet ceremony to dance your butt off, these sneakers will ensure you’re not left with blistered feet and stressed-out arches, all while looking your best.
Get them here for ₹5,000.
Sky’s the limit: Sneaker wedge by Tiesta
Remember when Hailey Beiber wore sneakers to her wedding reception? Channel your best impression of her with these sneaker wedges by Tiesta and dance your way into a happy married life — with comfortable feet.
Get them here for ₹8,890.
Flats for the ones whose alcohol tolerance has become even worse than their immunity
Under ₹2,000: Black mojaris by Thread Stories
If your alcohol tolerance level has dipped lower than the groundwater level in Delhi, you need to get these black mojaris by Thread Stories.
Handcrafted on a velvet base with gold zari thread embroidery, they’re elegant enough to complement any ensemble, whether it’s a beautiful anghrakha or your mother’s handloom saris.
Get them here for ₹1,099.
Between ₹2,000-₹5,000: Gul tasseled heels by Tweak X Stoffa
The Gul Kolhapuri-inspired shoes from the Tweak X Stoffa limited collection are made from premium quality vegan leather, with a padded footbed to keep your feet at ease all day. Not only that but the distinctive hot pink is guaranteed to draw the eyes of all baraatis.
They come with a slight one-inch heel, serving as a good backup option for those heel-loving enthu cutlets.
Get them here for ₹3,500.
Sky’s the limit: Embellished mules by Needlelust X Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla
How to stick to your minimalist style in the bling of the festive season? These embellished mules by Needlelust X Abu Jani Sandeep Khosla are it. Okay, we kid. There’s nothing understated about these mules, with their layer upon layer of crystals and beads, but that’s what we love about them. On the occasions you want your shoes to steal the show, you know what to pick.
Get them here for ₹8,690.
This shaadi season, go forth and be the desi Carrie Bradshaw of your dreams.