(Closed) shoes for a tall bride, short groom?

posted 14 years ago in Shoes
Post # 3
10 posts
  • Wedding: December 2008

Well dear, I am having a similar issue. I too will be as tall or taller than my groom if I do high heels. Plus, I had these custom ivory and lace converse all stars made for the reception and I can’t have my dress hemmed to go with heels or it will be dragging the floor when I put the all stars on.

This has been quite the dilemma for me. It seems like every cute shoe has at least a 2 or 3 inch heel.

So I decided to go the kitten heel route and found what I thought looked like a cute pair of shoes made by colorifics that even seemed to replicate the detail in my dress. So they came a few days ago and when I put them on, they looked like granny shoes!

Needless to say they are in a FedEx truck on their way back to the store I bought them from and I have now decided to go the flat route. I found some cute fancy shmancy sandals on Newport News’ website that will work wonderfully and they are on sale for $29! I am most concerned about not looking frumpy while I walk down the aisle, because I have heard that you can look this way without heels. I think that if I am aware of how I am walking I will be ok? (I hope!)

I must add though, that my dress is Rhiannon by Mon Cheri and resembles a greek goddess type gown, so the sandals work, but maybe not for your dress?

Both the flats and the kitten heels are comfortable, I was just concerned with the look. It really depends on the shoe, but don’t give up the hunt!

Post # 4
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

You’re not alone! My Fiance and I are approximately the same height and so shoes have been an interesting situation for me, too. I have to admit that I think it’s weird if the guy is significantly shorter than the girl, so I am forgoing the pretty >1 inch heel.

If you really want a kitten heel, I’d say go for it – it probably won’t make that much of a difference. If you’re really worried about it, quite a few men’s dress shoes have a subtle heel, which can help reduce the height difference.

Please let us know what you decide to do!

Post # 6
35 posts

Another option that is not as traditional though, is to wear white ballet slippers. I did this with a formal event when I wore a white dress. My shoes were not that visible from my dress, so I wore those ballet slippers because I wouldn’t gain height, I’d be comfortable, and they are very delicate and pretty.

 Like I said, non-traditional though. Just thought I’d pass along the idea.

Post # 7
252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

how cool that i spend an hour looking up bridal shoes 1" and under, then come to wedding bee and find this thread?

same deal for me too…..

i think i might know which shoes erinfutureh picked, bc i saw those today as well and was skeptical….

i’ve not completed my bio yet, but here is my page where I record the shoes I found earlier today:


Its been suggested to me to wear ballet slippers too…..i haven’t began looking at those yet. not sure what to make of the frumpy comment that erinfutureh makes….. i think its all about posture.

I’m getting married in November too, and every once and a while i like to practice my bridal walk. "Shoulders back, chest out, chin up!" i think thats the posture that heels force your body to have…….

Let me know what you find!!! I could use some help as well….. 😉

Post # 10
9 posts
  • Wedding: June 2008

I also am taller than the groom (although I say we’re the same height).  Our wedding ceremony is in June and will be outdoors so I ended up with a rhinestone flip flop that I found at Nordstrom.  I couldn’t find it on their website or I would have posted the link.  There is also a cute one at Nine West and it’s on sale!


 I know these may not work depending on how formal your wedding is but I know my shoes don’t even show under my dress.  Plus the shoes I bought are so comfy so I will be able to dance all night!  Make sure if you do look at a flip flop style that it’s not too loud when you walk.  I was worried about mine but they aren’t very noisy.  No one wants to hear the flip flop noise over the ceremony music as the bride walks down the aisle!

Post # 11
20 posts
  • Wedding: November 2008

kitten heels for me & yes i’m taller too.  🙂

Post # 12
3 posts
  • Wedding: July 2021

Since my groom is only one inch taller than me and I am dying to wear the gorgeous jimmy choo shoes i bought… I say… why can’t he just wear lifts in his shoes to add some height?  I’m currently looking into this option – I want to look tall on my wedding day!

Post # 14
2 posts
  • Wedding: August 2011

I have the same problem (I’m close to 5′ 10” and he’s just an inch taller) and I am wondering if anyone has any recent suggestions for this.  I would love for something 1 1/2 inches or less to go with my ivory Tea length dress.  Originally, I was looking for something sandal like or open-toed (wedding is this Ausgust) and to be marine or cobalt blue but now I’m getting desperate and looking for the same blue, ivory or silver, even a pale pink or nude might be ok, otherwise I’m going to end up a barefoot bride, please help!

Post # 15
153 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

If you want to wear kitten heels or taller and not be taller than him, you might be able to get him to be the tall one.

They do make shoes that make men taller as well!  Up to 5″


Thank goodness my Fiance is taller than me (I’m 5’8 so it’d be bad cuz i know I’d want to wear heels no matter what!)

Post # 16
1 posts

Yes but most elevator shoes are cheap looking, You need to go for the best. 


 I make them myself. All Handmade. To be honest I would say that most of the order I get are for weddings, and I think most guys just wear them once then thats it. I believe they are used just to make the perfect picture. 


Kindest Regards



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