Reception Shoes That Are Actually Comfortable (and Aren’t Sneakers)

If you need a change of shoes for the sake of dancing and mingling at your wedding reception, we’ve got you covered.
by Sophie Ross

So your dream shoes (that perfectly match your dream gown) are gorgeous—the problem is, they’re barely comfortable enough to walk down the aisle and stand at an altar in, let alone wear for hours on end and attempt to dance in.

That’s why we’re all for a change of shoes before your reception, and no, sneakers aren’t your only option. Below, find some comfortable reception shoe options that certainly don’t sacrifice style. Pro tip: A slight heel or platform will guarantee that your dress doesn’t drag on the ground. Your dancing will be all the better for it.

  1. These shoes have height, but the block heel will make them extra-comfortable and easy to move around in.

    Comfortable wedding reception shoes Lulus Arya nude suede high heel sandals

    Lulus Arya nude suede high heel sandals, $34, Lulus.com

  2. These stretchy suede mules will give you a (pain-free) lift.

    Comfortable wedding reception shoes ​Etienne Aigner Lanai sandal

    Etienne Aigner Lanai sandal, $198, Shop.Nordstrom.com

  3. You can’t go wrong with a simple nude sandal, and a kitten heel will keep you comfortably on your feet all night long.

    Comfortable wedding reception shoes J.Crew patent kitten-heel sandals

    J.Crew patent kitten-heel sandals, $98, Factory.JCrew.com

  4. A heel-platform hybrid with a lace-up ankle strap will give you just the right amount of height and balance when you’re breaking it down on the dance floor.

    Comfortable wedding reception shoes ​Castaner Carina chrochet espadrilles

    Castaner Carina chrochet espadrilles, $165, IntermixOnline.com

  5. Even if your wedding isn’t during fall or winter, a comfortable white bootie will add an edge to any dress (and you’ll be sure to wear them again and again).

    Comfortable wedding reception shoes ​Vagabond Olivia leather boots

    Vagabond Olivia leather boots, $175, UrbanOutfitters.com

  6. A pair of breezy, lattice sandals is perfect if you’re wearing a more casual, bohemian dress for your reception.

    Comfortable wedding reception shoes ​Vince Camuto Lanaira sandal

    Vince Camuto Lanaira sandal, $120, Shop.Nordstrom.com

  7. On-trend PVC straps take these suede block heels to the next level (no pun intended).

    Comfortable wedding reception shoes ​Raye x Lovers + Friends Piper sandals

    Raye x Lovers + Friends Piper sandals, $148, Revolve.com

  8. These jute sandals are simple and only slightly elevated, but make a major statement.

    Comfortable wedding reception shoes ​Soludos Banded Shield sandals

    Soludos Banded Shield sandals, $129, ShopBop.com

  9. These chic (and Meghan Markle-approved) embellished slippers can double as your "something blue."

    Comfortable wedding reception shoes ​Birdies The Songbird

    Birdies The Songbird slippers, $140, BirdiesSlippers.com

  10. A chic, minimalistic low heel will pair perfectly with any gown.

    Comfortable wedding reception shoes ​Loeffler Randall Brooks pumps

    Loeffler Randall Brooks pumps, $325, LoefflerRandall.com

  11. Ultra-comfortable and stylish patent-leather sandals that go with everything are worth the splurge.

    Comfortable wedding reception shoes Prada patent-leather platform sandals

    Prada patent-leather platform sandals, $650, Net-A-Porter.com

  12. If you’re wearing a metallic gown, try a pair of gold statement-making wedges.

    Comfortable wedding reception shoes See by Chloé Liana wedge sandals

    See by Chloé Liana wedge sandals, $305, Chloe.com

  13. You won’t even realize you’re a few inches taller in these strappy flatforms.

    Comfortable wedding reception shoes ​Asos wide-fit wedge sandals

    Asos wide-fit wedge sandals, $35, Asos.com

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