9 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 9 comfortable reception shoe options that certainly don’t sacrifice style. Pro tip: You’ll want something that straps you in (no slides), with a slight heel or platform so that your dress doesn’t drag on the ground. Your dancing will be all the better for it.

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

    Comfortable wedding reception shoes CL by Laundry Go On nude suede platform ankle strap heels

    CL by Laundry Go On nude suede platform ankle strap heels, $49, Lulus.com

  2. 2. 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

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

    Comfortable wedding reception shoes Isa Tapia Playa platform sandals

    Isa Tapia Playa platform sandals, $495, ShopBop.com

  4. 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 Soludos open-toe platforms

    Soludos open-toe platforms, $95, Soludos.com

  5. 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. 6. 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

  7. 7. These spiked, metallic sandals are simple and only slightly elevated, but make a major statement.

    Comfortable wedding reception shoes ​Christian Louboutin Pyraclou spiked metallic textured-leather wedge sandals

    Christian Louboutin Pyraclou spiked metallic textured-leather wedge sandals, $695, Net-A-Porter.com

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

    Comfortable wedding reception shoes ​Sol Sana Penelope flatforms

    Sol Sana Penelope flatforms, $170, ShopBop.com

  9. 9. 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

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