17 Comfortable Wedding Shoes That Aren't Sneakers

Your wedding should be fun, not painful. These dance floor-ready heels and flats will help.
Emily Platt - The Knot Senior Manager, Performance Editorial Content
by Emily Platt
Emily Platt - The Knot Senior Manager, Performance Editorial Content
Emily Platt
Senior Manager, Performance Editorial Content
  • Emily is an editor and strategist who specializes in shopping content
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Emily wrote for Martha Stewart Weddings
  • Emily has a bachelor's degree from Vassar College
Updated Dec 04, 2020
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Let's face it: Plenty of fancy footwear is barely comfy enough for a walk down the aisle let alone the dance floor. But comfortable wedding shoes do exist—and we're not talking about bridal sneakers. Even if you're after an ultra-formal, traditional look, there are a range of stylish and comfortable wedding heels and flats for brides. These shoes are perfect for the entire day or even changing into at the reception. (Because sometimes you just can't say no to a gorgeous, less-comfy pair to wear in your wedding party photos).

Before we dive in, what counts as "comfortable?" Well, we looked for kicks from comfort-forward brands, which, believe it or not, make fashionable bridal footwear! We also kept an eye out for comfortable features like thick and low heels (buh-bye wobbly legs), padded footbeds (to support all that standing) and flexible fabrics (so your toes don't get squished). The following pairs met one or more of these requirements.

That said, we've got one final tip before you add anything to your shopping cart: Read the product description, check out the measurements and peruse the reviews to look for any warning signs that apply to your unique tooties. Are the shoes good for wide feet but bad for narrow feet (or vice versa)? What about flat feet or people with high arches? Comfort really depends on your specific needs! And of course, test 'em out after you make your purchase. It's important to break them in, not to mention make sure they're actually comfortable on you. Plus, they'll help determine any dress length alterations.

Gold glitter comfortable wedding heels

These comfortable wedding heels come with patented contoured footbeds designed to cushion and support, so you know they mean business! They come in glittery gold and sparkly silver among other colors, so you can choose the glam style that best suits the rest of your outfit.

Naturalizer Taimi heels, $70, Zappos.com

White rhinestone comfortable wedding heels

These dreamy, white rhinestone pumps boast breathable mesh and leather, lightly padded footbeds and a short, approachable heel.

Adiranna Papell Bridal Laila pump, $150, Zappos.com

Comfortable silver high heels for wedding

Like we said, reading reviews is key to finding the right comfortable wedding shoes for you. These sky-high stilettos may look intimidating, but buyers say otherwise. One anonymous Zappos reviewer writes, "Usually high heels give me terrible blisters but I wore these all night and never had any foot pain or blisters!" They also have padded insoles.

Jewel Badgley Mischka Dillon heels, $109, Zappos.com

White ballet flat comfortable wedding shoes

This trendy brand is all about delivering comfort alongside supreme, classic style. Their recently-launched bridal atelier lets you fully customize a pair of ballet flats, block heels or heeled sandals to your unique measurements. You even have the option of choosing from different wedding-worthy colors (think: ivory, blush and "something blue") and personalizing your pair with your wedding date or monogram.

Margaux bespoke bridal footwear, from $225, Margaux.com

Gold jeweled comfortable wedding sandals

Tying the knot on or by the beach? Opt for some ever-popular embellished sandals. These comfortable wedding shoes have a super-short heel for a little extra height. They also have adjustable ankle straps so you can find your perfect fit.

Touch Ups Sarah strappy thong sandal, $80, DavidsBridal.com

Silver bow comfortable wedding heels

These comfortable wedding heels also have adjustable straps and padded footbeds. The mesh fabric is ideal for feet that overheat. The slingback style comes in shades of black, navy, silver and champagne satin.

David Tate Foxy women's pump, from $37, Amazon.com

White comfortable wedding pumps

There's nothing like timeless white pumps for the wedding. These feature special "Tiny Pillows" footbed technology, which sounds oh-so-nice for a whole day on your feet. Zappos customer Liz B. explains, "After two ankle surgeries, I had sworn off heels"—that is until they found these! Tracy P. adds, "These are the most comfortable dress shoes I've owned in forever."

Walking Cradles Joy heels, $95, Zappos.com

Gold jeweled comfortable wedding wedges

Wedges give you height with way more stability than stilettos. These comfortable wedding heels are a casual and elegant choice. We also appreciate the stretchy ankle straps sans blister-causing buckles.

New York Transit crystal T-strap wedge sandals with heel cutout, $40, DavidsBridal.com

Jeweled mesh comfortable wedding heels

Kitten heels are perfect if you'd like to try heels but aren't that experienced with them. These unique crystal-adorned kicks are absolutely beautiful. Plus, they have silky (read: comfy) straps and super-thick footbed padding.

Bella Belle Frances embellished kitten heel pump, $389, Nordstrom.com

White crochet TOMS comfortable wedding flats

We love TOMS for its generous mission to give shoes to children in need. Brides love TOMS for a bohemian bridal look that's undeniably comfortable. Check out this surprisingly-sophisticated lace pair!

TOMS lace leaves classic slip-on shoes, $59, DavidsBridal.com

Crystal comfortable wedding reception slides

Our editors are obsessed with Birdies and so is royal Meghan Markle! The brand is known for its ultra-luxe slippers that make you feel like you're walking on clouds. These jeweled mules have memory foam footbeds plus breathable fabric. They're designed to absorb shock, provide arch support and reduce pressure all at once. We highly recommend them for the reception!

Birdies The Songbird shoes, $140, Birdies.com

Blue comfortable wedding heels for bride

And this editor is obsessed with M. Gemi, which sells gorgeous handmade shoes that are built to last way beyond special occasions (and never hurt her very fussy feet). These simple pumps from the brand make excellent comfortable wedding shoes for brides. They're designed with both wide and narrow feet in mind, have lightly-padded insoles and stellar reviews. We recommend them in Natural Leather (a chic off-white) or Blue Rain Suede (hello, "something blue").

M. Gemi The Esatto heels, $278, MGemi.com

White slingback comfortable wedding heels

Speaking of wide feet, these retro slingbacks were made just for them. They've got big block heels to really support your steps as well as stretchy slip-on straps.

ASOS DESIGN wide fit Samson slingback mid heels in White, $40, ASOS.com

Comfortable silver short wedding heels

If you're into intricate designs, try these comfortable wedding heels for brides. The satiny fabric is decked out with a pretty rhinestone pattern. Meanwhile, the padded footbeds will keep you feeling your best. Bonus: The durable outsole will help prevent any other shoe emergencies.

J. Renee Francie heels, $100, Zappos.com

Crystal comfortable wedding sandals

Here are some more comfortable wedding flats for casual brides. They're literally dripping with crystals, though, so they definitely don't sacrifice elegance. David's Bridal customer StylishTravelGirl reviews, "I bought these for my wedding, to have a more comfortable shoe for my reception. (I'm wearing heels for my ceremony.) I think these will be perfect!" And another review from bride Chelzeabrown confirms that sentiment: "... they were very comfortable all night! I was also able to wear them on our honeymoon which was a huge plus!"

David's Bridal crystal-embellished T-strap thong sandals, $40, DavidsBridal.com

Silver slingback comfortable wedding heels

Seriously, the most comfortable wedding shoes come with the best reviews. Of these shimmery slingbacks, Nordstrom reviewer GenesDE says, "It is definitely the best pair of dressy shoes I own in both comfort and style." Reviewer Doke adds, "Beautiful evening shoe, very comfortable, and stylish. True to fit. Almost like wearing a slipper." That's probably because of the sleek silhouette and cushioned footbed.

Paul Green Asia metallic slingback pump, $299, Nordstrom.com

Bedazzled comfortable wedding flats

Brides adore Badgley Mischka shoes and for good reason—they're stunning and comfy, at least according to reviews! "This shoe wears as beautifully as it looks. I bought them for a wedding, danced in them for hours," shares Nordstrom customer Zoowoman. Meanwhile, reviewer KathyAvery gushes, "WOW WOW WOW!!! THEY ARE SO COMFORTABLE AND GLAMOROUS. LOVE THEM." Enough said.

Badgley Mischka Collection Gigi crystal pointy toe flat, $185, Nordstrom.com

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