The 16 Best Mother-of-the-Bride Shoes

It’s possible to be chic and comfortable.
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Carli Brennan
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Carli Brennan
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  • Carli writes freelance fashion articles for The Knot.
  • Prior to The Knot, she was the style section editor at Her Campus Media and launched the Fashion Institute of Technology chapter of Her Campus.
  • Carli’s passion for the wedding industry stems from her time as a bridal consultant and her previous internship in a bridal showroom.
Updated Jan 31, 2024
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Once you've selected your mother-of-the-bride dress, it's time to choose a fabulous pair of shoes. Mother-of-the-bride shoes can be tricky because you want to strike a balance between style and comfort. While some of you may feel confident strutting down the aisle in a sky-high stiletto, others will prefer a more comfortable block or kitten heel. From chic flats to stylish pumps, we've compiled our favorite editor-approved mother-of-the-bride shoes from brands like Lulus, Loeffler Randall, Dolce Vita, and more. Whether you're looking for a budget-friendly option or are planning to splurge, we have something for everyone. From your walk down the aisle to hitting the dancefloor, these shoes will have you looking — and feeling — confident all night long.

The Best Mother-of-the-Bride Shoes for 2024

Comfortable mother-of-the-bride shoes don't have to be boring! There are plenty of stylish, comfortable shoe options out there, so you don't have to compromise on fashion versus comfort. Whether you prefer a more simple style or something sparkly and glamorous, there's a MOB shoe out there calling your name. You know what they say? If the shoe fits…

1. Journee Collection Jennifer Sandal

    Journee Collection black mother-of-the-bride sandal
    Photo: DSW

    This bow-adorned kitten heel is a comfortable and stylish choice for the mother-of-the-bride. It comes in five colors that would all look just as good with your gown as they would with jeans after the wedding festivities come to a close.

    Size range: 5.5 - 12| Heel height: 2" | Heel type: Kitten | Color: Black

    2. Lulus Aimee Champagne Metallic Lace-Up Heels

    Lulus champagne lace-up mother-of-the-bride shoes
    Photo: Lulus

    These sexy lace-up heels are perfect for a mother-of-the-bride looking for extra glamour. The best part: they're only $35, but look way more expensive.

    Size range: 5 - 11 | Heel height: 4.25" | Heel type: Stiletto | Color: Champagne

    3. SARTO by Franco Sarto Devin Kitten Heel Slingback Pump

    SARTO by Franco Sarto mother-of-the-bride slingback kitten heels
    Photo: Nordstrom

    A low slingback kitten heel is a perfect shoe choice for those who want to wear a heel, but are more concerned about comfort. At just under two inches in height, these kitten heels are a breeze to walk — and dance — in all night long.

    Size range: 5 - 11 | Heel height: 1.75" | Heel type: Kitten | Color: Platinum

    4. Miron Crosby Maggie Metallic Gold

    Miron Crosby gold cowboy mother-of-the-bride boots
    Photo: Miron Crosby

    Who says you have to wear heels to a wedding? If you're headed to a Western-inspired wedding, why not opt for a luxurious pair of statement-making cowboy boots. These dazzling, vintage-influenced boots from Miron Crosby pair perfectly with a dress. These are at the top of my wishlist.

    Size range: 5 - 11 | Heel height: 2.5 " | Heel type: Block | Color: Gold

    5. Bryr Studio Maya in Bone

    Bryr Studio clog heels mother-of-the-bride shoes
    Photo: Bryr Studio

    These gorgeous made-to-order clogs are a comfortable and chic option for mothers-of-the-bride. Bryr even offers a custom heel stamp option, so you can add a personal, sentimental touch.

    Size range: 4 - 13 | Heel height: 2.2" | Heel type: Block | Color: Bone

    6. Aerosoles Cosmos Platform Sandal

    Aerosoles platform mother-of-the-bride heels
    Photo: DSW

    Block heels are always a safe bet if you're looking to meld comfort and style. Having a platform on the sole alleviates pressure from your feet, making them a much more comfortable option than stilettos. These block heels come in 10 colors, so there's truly something for everyone!

    Size range: 5 - 13 | Heel height: 2.5" | Heel type: Block | Color: Gold

    7. Larroudé Yves Wedge In Silver Specchio

    Larroudé silver wedge mother-of-the-bride heels
    Photo: Larroudé

    Wedges are another great option if you want to add some height to your MOB look without sacrificing comfort. This metallic pair from Larroudé comes in metallic silver and gold shades, making them feel much more formal than your trusty raffia wedges.

    Size range: 5 - 11 | Heel height: 3.8" | Heel type: Wedge | Color: Silver

    8. Lulus Alta Light Nude Suede Lace-Up Heels

    Lulus nude suede lace-up mother-of-the-bride heels
    Photo: Lulus

    The trick to getting away with a higher heel without discomfort is opting for a stylish block heel, like this one. The lace-up ankle detail keeps these shoes feeling fresh and trendy.

    Size range: 5 - 11 | Heel height: 3.75" | Heel type: Block | Color: Light Nude

    9. Dolce Vita Kanika Flats Pearl

    Dolce Vita pearl-embellished mother-of-the-bride flat shoes
    Photo: Dolce Vita

    A flat shoe can feel just as special as heels when done right. These pearl-embellished flats are an elegant choice for a mother-of-the-bride shoe. Pair them with some pearl jewelry for a classic Elizabeth Taylor vibe.

    Size range: 5 - 13 | Heel height: 0.7" | Heel type: Flat | Color: Ivory

    10. I.N.C. INTERNATIONAL CONCEPTS Zitah Pointed Toe Pumps

    I.N.C. INTERNATIONAL CONCEPTS black mother-of-the-bride pumps
    Photo: Macy's

    You can never go wrong with a classic black pump. This versatile pair features a memory foam footbed for added comfort.

    Size range: 5 - 12 | Heel height: 3" | Heel type: Pump | Color: Black

    11. She Is Cheval Court Me

    She Is Cheval crystal-embellished mother-of-the-bride heels
    Photo: She Is Cheval

    These glamorous slingbacks from She Is Cheval are sure to make a statement. They feature a unique rounded heel and twinkling iridescent crystals for maximum shine.

    Size range: 6 - 12 | Heel height: 2" | Heel type: Rounded | Color: Silver

    12. Loeffler Randall Dahlia Champagne Pleated Bow Heel

    Loeffler Randall champagne pleated bow mother-of-the-bride heel
    Photo: Loeffler Randall

    These pleated heels are made of a dazzling champagne-hued Italian lamé all tied up in a bow. The padded footbed and manageable heel height make them the perfect fashionable, yet comfortable choice for a MOB shoe.

    Size range: 5 - 12 | Heel height: | Heel type: Block | Color: Champagne

    13. Betsey Johnson Clark Slingback Pointed Toe Pump

    Betsey Johnson jewel-embellished mother-of-the-bride pumps
    Photo: Nordstrom

    These jewel-encrusted pumps are fit for royalty! They come in four equally gorgeous colors and all feature that signature Betsey Johnson blue on the sole for an extra pop of color.

    Size range: 5 - 11 | Heel height: 2.25" | Heel type: Tapered | Color: Silver

    14. LifeStride Last Dance Platform Sandal

    LifeStride platform sandal with bow mother-of-the-bride shoes
    Photo: DSW

    The bow trend isn't going anywhere in 2024, and the easiest way to incorporate it into your look is through shoes. These bow-adorned block heels add a sweet, romantic vibe to any MOB look.

    Size range:5 - 12 | Heel height: 3.5" | Heel type: Block | Color: Blue

    15. Nine West Yess Square Toe Tapered Heel Dress Sandals

    Nine West square toe mother-of-the-bride sandals
    Photo: Macy's

    Sometimes less really is more. This simple dress sandal is the perfect complement to any MOB dress. Plus, it comes in five colors.

    Size range: 5 - 12 | Heel height: 3.54" | Heel type: Stiletto | Color: Gold

    16. Manolo Blahnik Hangisiflat Lace

    Manolo Blahnik lace mother-of-the-bride flats
    Photo: Manolo Blahnik

    A splurge-worthy pick, these lacy flats from Manolo Blahnik are a glamorous mother-of-the-bride shoe pick. If lace isn't your thing, they also come in a range of dazzling satin jewel tones. Carrie Bradshaw would definitely approve.

    Size range: 33 - 43 | Heel height: 0.4" | Heel type: Flat | Color: Champagne

    How to Choose Wedding Shoes for Mother-of-the-Bride

    Before you start shopping, you'll want to think about some important considerations when it comes to mother-of-the-bride shoes. Factors like venue, dress color, and budget will play a huge role in your MOB shoes. Plus, laying out your expectations and needs upfront will narrow down the search.

    Heel Height & Width

    It's important to choose a heel height and width that you'll feel comfortable in all night long. The last thing you want is for uncomfortable shoes to distract you from the wedding day festivities. If you only ever wear kitten heels, don't choose a sky-high stiletto that you won't be able to walk in. Similarly, make sure the width feels comfortable and opt for a wide-width shoe if needed. Be sure to try on your shoes and break them in so you aren't surprised with how they fit the day of. You could even wear them out to dinner as a trial run.

    Indoor vs. Outdoor

    Whether the wedding is indoors or outdoors will largely inform your shoe decision. While indoor venues allow for fewer restrictions when it comes to footwear, an outdoor wedding means you'll have to carefully consider the shoes you choose to wear. A block heel or flat is a great choice for outdoor weddings where you'll likely be walking on grass or cobblestones. If you have your heart set on a pair of stilettos for an outdoor wedding, pair them with a pair of heel protectors to keep them from sinking into the grass.

    Open or Closed-Toe

    Open-toe shoes are often seen as a more youthful, playful option while closed-toe shoes are more formal and reserved. The choice of open or closed-toe shoes comes down to a matter of personal preference. Depending on your dress style, try on both to see which style you prefer.

    Dress Color

    You'll want to choose a pair of mother-of-the-bride shoes that complement your dress color. You could opt for a monochromatic moment or go for a foolproof neutral shade. A nude heel is always a safe bet. You could also match your shoes to your jewelry by opting for either a metallic silver or gold option.

    What to Avoid

    When shopping for mother-of-the-bride shoes, there are a few things you'll want to avoid:

    • Uncomfortable shoes
    • Forgetting to break your shoes in
    • Waiting until the last minute to choose your shoes
    • Not considering the venue and season
    • Choosing a pair of shoes you'll only wear once

    Save or Splurge

    The price range for mother-of-the-bride shoes truly runs the gamut. You'll want to decide before you start browsing whether you want to save or splurge on your shoes. Setting a budget beforehand is a helpful way to keep yourself on track and narrow down options when shopping. A general rule of thumb is that if you're planning on splurging, it's best to choose a shoe you know you'll wear again after the wedding so you can get your money's worth.

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