Footwear is key for the big day. For her and for him, no longer just in black or white

[On the cover: Antonio Riva Milano at Sì Sposaitalia Collezioni]

Choosing ‘the’ dress is an evocative and emotional experience: romantic, or with a glamorous touch, sensual or with a traditional feel, every outfit should always be accompanied by the right footwear. If in the past this meant exclusively white and high-heeled options, now there are nuanced alternatives (i.e., neutrals, platinum and silver), lower heels, right down to flat models. For more informal ceremonies or for the party itself, sneakers are becoming increasingly popular. There is no doubt, then, that demand for comfortable shoes is rising and frequently customers are choosing models that can be worn on other occasions, after the ceremony. Crystals and lurex are being used more discreetly, reduced to touches and points of light; more space is being reserved for details and less showy decorations. Here are the trends for spring-summer 2022.

For her, more comfortable heels

From sandals to slingbacks, the heel no longer means just vertiginous stilettos. The Francesco brand, specialised in bridal footwear, offers heights ranging from 5-7cm, spool heels, square or fringed toes, sometimes supported by a small platform, as well as uppers with combinations of materials; versatile shoes to wear on more than one occasion. Crystals and lurex are used only as details, as there is a growing desire for simplicity. The company has been included in ‘Italian Excellence 2021’, an international circuit that valorises ‘Made in Italy’ in various sectors.

MG Arcione since 1843 is a historic company that produces accessories for brides and bridesmaids, from hats to customised shoes with decorations, fabric flowers, and filigree branches.

Mia Moltrasio, a brand focused on ballet flats, offers a line dedicated to the bride that ranges from flat slingbacks or kitten heels in silver or cream, to flat sandals in moiré fabric.

For him, not just black

Specialising in men’s formal footwear, Calzoleria Marini indicates the most current colours as an alternative to black to be shades of blue, burgundy and, in the future, pastels (powder blue, pale pink, etc.). However, traditional lace-ups in patent leather or leather with lasered motifs or with contrasting inserts are still present in the collection, alongside velvet slip-ons. For more informal occasions, there are formal sneakers in black, blue or white, in crumple-effect patent leather.

MG Arcione since 1843 offers lace-ups and moccasins in brushed or polished calfskin, also in shades of blue and burgundy.