Wearing six-inch stilettos to a wedding can be like a choose your own adventure-type of scenario. It’s truly a test of fate. You risk tripping and falling in front of a lot of people (especially at an outdoor wedding where there is uneven terrain…speaking from personal experience). If it’s a garden wedding, there’s a high probability of sinking into the grass like quicksand. At best, you’ll just experience sore heels and a few blisters. Still, why put yourself through the torture when comfortable wedding shoes exist? Choosing the right gift (or, if you’re the bride, the dress, the venue, the food, etc.) is stressful enough!
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If you can’t resist wearing a sky-high heel, there are, of course, a few precautions you can take. There are some pretty good anti-blister heel balms out there, or you can pack some flats in your purse if you really want to be prepared. But why not prevent any kind of footwear faux pas in the first place and just wear a comfortable shoe? After all, there’s no actual rule that says you have to wear ill-fitting heels to a wedding. There are plenty of options for looking stylish while also ensuring a pain-free experience—it’s true!
Ahead, you’ll find 18 comfortable wedding shoes (for guests and brides) that are as cute as they’re easy to stand in, so you’ll be able to relax, dance, and have a good time.
The most comfortable wedding guest shoes
Dear Frances Chaise Mule — $380.00
Available in a pretty cream or classic black, these sandals from Dear Frances look simple at first glance, but details like the cool dual-colored block heel and asymmetrical leather toe strap set this shoe apart from the rest. Made with super soft genuine leather, these are painless to wear for long periods of time—whether you’re observing an especially long ceremony, or getting down on the dance floor. Every Dear Frances style we’ve tried so far has given us supreme comfort—you can’t go wrong.
Birdies Starling Disco Ball Glitter Flat — $95.00
Yes, flats are totally acceptable to wear to a wedding, especially if they’re as chic as these sparkly “Disco Ball” flats. Birdies’ flats are known for their ultra-comfortable cushioned insole that make all of their shoes feel more like slippers. The Disco Ball glitter flats come in three colors.
Steve Madden Newbie Rhinestones Sandals — $100.00
These may be flats, but they have enough glitz and glamour, the bride might try to steal them from you. The Newbie sandal has a gorgeous braided design, and tons of glitter. Made with micro suede that’s studded with stones, these sandals go with just about everything. Brides, if you’re fine with no heel, this is a great wedding gown pairing, too.
Reformation Magda Ankle Tie Platform — $248.00
Platforms can give you more stability than the stiletto—and they’re much easier to walk and dance in. So even though these have some heigh to them (15 mm), they’re still a comfortable options. The ankle straps on these satin shoes give them a ballerina sort of feel. A nice change from a traditional black sandal.
Naturalizer 27 Edit Ayla Pump — $130.00
Closed-toe heels can pinch and spark friction, especially when you’re actually walking or dancing around in them. Which is why we’re going with these heels from Naturalizer—one of the best go-to shoe brands for comfort. Made of premium leather and suede, these heels are breathable, so even if you’re going to a hot summer wedding, your feet won’t be sweating buckets like the rest of your body. With the brand’s signature contour and fit system, the design is cushion-y enough to give you all-day support. If you need something more neutral, these also come in black and silver.
Dolce Vita Baylor Heels — $100.00
These sleek black sandals are versatile enough to wear with a strappy dress to a wedding one night and your favorite jeans the following day. The Baylor sandal has a small enough heel to ensure comfort, and the skinny straps are soft enough to not cause irritation. It comes in five different colors.
Swedish Hasbeens Merci Sandal — $290.00
When seeking comfort, you can’t really go wrong with this clog-style sandal from Swedish Hasbeens, a Swedish-based brand known for their stylish, retro shoes. With a crisscross strap leather upper and ankle strap for comfortable closure, these open-toes sandals with give your feet the support they need. We also like that these are a neutral color that will go with every dress—even after the wedding.
Rothy’s The Square Mary Jane — $155.00
These Mary Jane flats are made from plastic water bottles, but you’d never know it. Sturdy, soft, comfortable, and washable(!!!), the Square MJ goes with everything, and is sleek enough to be considered a fancy occasion shoe if it wants to be. Like all Rothy’s, it’s recommended you size one size up.
Charlotte Stone Belle Heeled Sandals — $228.00
Rainbow is the new neutral—when there are so many colors, you’re bound to match something, right? In all seriousness, these are our senior commerce editor’s favorite sandals for all occasions—including weddings. It’s especially a fun pair to wear if your wedding or bridesmaid dress is maybe on the more simple side, and you want to zhuzh things up. Known for their fun, poppy colors and unique designs, Charlotte Stone has tons of options to choose from, but we love these because of their soft, suede straps that keep feet secure, and the memory foam insole that provides cushy support while you’re grooving.
M. Gemi The Mia — $348.00
Featured on our list of top shoes that require no break-in time, the Mia is an easy-to-wear slingback heel with a pointed toe that never pinches. Thanks to the elastic at the back, your feet stay put. And thanks to the soft Italian nappa leather, they don’t get blisters after a night of dancing. The wide heel base also makes this a super walkable heel option.
K. Jacques Scara Wrap Sandals — $320.00
Going to a beach wedding ceremony? You won’t mind getting sand in these gorgeous gold sandals at all. Crafted in France with genuine calfskin leather, we still recommend breaking these in, since the footbed is a bit stiff. Once you do, you’re golden. Literally.
The most comfortable bridal shoes
Sarah Flint Wedding Perfect Pump 85 — $445.00
Designer Sarah Flint couldn’t ever find a luxury pump that wasn’t genuinely comfortable—so she made her own, and in 2013, the designer shoe brand Sarah Flint was born. “As a woman, I understand the frustration of buying shoes that end up sitting in your closet. Because of this, I obsess over the details of fit and construction to make the most comfortable and durable shoes, never sacrificing an ounce of style,” she says on her website. These Wedding Perfect Pumps are proof of that: They’re designed with a wider toe box, extra padding, arch support, and a steel rod stiletto. White will go with your dress (if you’re going with white), but you can check out a bunch more styles on the site—there’s a whole wedding shoe section!
DREAM PAIRS Women’s Nina Low Heel Pump Sandals — $20.00
Need something classic that’ll go with anything and everything? With its retro-style peep-toe design and comfortable 2.5 inch heel, you’ll be glued to the dance floor in these shoes. Plus, they come in a ton of color options to match your outfit.
Sam Edelman Daniella Block Heel Sandal — $130.00
Anyone can appreciate the simplicity of this classic Sam Edelman sandal, which comes in a wide range of color options. This tried-and-true sandal heel is one of those shoes everyone swears by for comfort and easy styling (hello, eleven beautiful colors!), and that’s because of its soft, wide strap and thick heel. This gold option (there’s also silver and white) is perfect for the bride looking for something shiny, but other colors (like pink or glitter linen) make this a great option for a wedding guest, too.
Marguax The City Sandal — $278.00
It may be called the City Sandal, but this heel is not ordinary (although you can easily transition it over to your everyday shoe collection—it really is that comfortable). Crafted with Italian nappa leather and designed with 5 mm of plush foam padding, these heels are so supportive, we’d almost mistake them for orthopedics if we weren’t looking in the mirror. And while the heel is 2.5 inches, it seems taller (thanks, chunky, deceptive heel!).
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