22 Comfortable Wedding Shoes 2022 – Best Bridal Footwear – Footwear News

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Covid has certainly impacted all facets of the wedding industry, including bridal fashion. As couples were forced to scale back guest lists at the height of the pandemic, paving the way for smaller, simpler ceremonies, non-traditional outfits like breezy jumpsuits and separates as well as casual, wearable wedding shoe styles were key — although an appetite for elaborate gowns and party-ready shoes later made a huge resurgence. And even with social restrictions continuing to loosen and a growing number of nuptials expected to place this year, shoppers still remain divided on what constitutes the perfect wedding day look.

“Lockdown ramped up some customers’ desire to dress up, while also popularizing no-frills wedding dressing,” says Carrie Goldberg, founder and creative director of luxury styling firm CLG Creative. “In terms of shoes, we’re seeing some brides opting for sky-high heels, crystals, feathers and more, while others are after lower heel heights, bridal flats, Grecian-inspired sandals or even wedding-appropriate sneakers.”

Nina Miner, chief creative director of dress shoe brand Nina, has been noticing similar wedding shoe trends among brides, noting that while some crave height, a desire for lower-heeled and comfortable flat dress shoe styles once popular during the height of the pandemic still remain desirable.

If you’re one of the many brides looking to tie the knot this year and find yourself prioritizing wearability, consider investing in a pair of the most comfortable wedding shoes. Alongside finding the perfect dress or jumpsuit for the ceremony — and perhaps for the rehearsal dinner and after-party — choosing the best wedding shoes with support can mean the difference between blissful, pain-free memories and wincing down the aisle with hot spots and achy arches.

And thanks to today’s ever-evolving offerings, you don’t have to sacrifice support for style, either. 

“The market has evolved aesthetically in the most exciting of ways,” Goldberg says. “Designers like Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo who have long had standalone bridal offerings were joined by the likes of Aquazzura, Roger Vivier and Rene Caovilla along with newer names like Malone Souliers and Mach & Mach to offer options for the bride that are go far beyond the ages-old satin 85 millimeter pump.”

The different types of wedding shoes to consider 

  • Sandals: Cute sandals are some of the most popular types of bridal shoes and are especially great for warm-weather nuptials. Typically, the most comfortable shoes feature block heels and supportive ankle strap details.
  • Pumps: Classic brides will gravitate towards closed-toe heels, or pumps, offered in simple monochromatic versions to glitzy styles.
  • Stiletto Heels: A thin heel isn’t typically synonymous with comfort, as it provides little surface area to distribute your body weight across. But now, stilettos made with ample cushioning and innovative tech like anatomically contoured footbeds can help shoppers more comfortably wear thin-heeled styles for extended periods of time.
  • Block Heels: “Prior to Covid-19, block-heel wedding shoes were already enjoying strong sales at retail,” Miner says. “Besides being trend-right, they offer a bit more stability and comfort than a slender heel might.” These styles are also ideal for outdoor and beach weddings, as they won’t sink into the ground.
  • Flats: If you don’t want to go the heel route, wedding flats offer a completely flat sole (that’s also great for outdoor weddings) and are often done in luxe materials with standout embellishments to make them look dressier. While flats naturally won’t put pressure on the balls of feet like heels do, it’s still important they have some cushioning underfoot to ward off foot fatigue. Additionally, they should include stay-put features to prevent them from sliding around and rubbing against skin, which can cause blisters.
  • Wedges: Wedges offer the lift of stilettos but with additional support, as their sole connects from the front of the shoe to the raised heel at the rear.
  • Platforms: Like wedges, platform wedding shoes are ideal for brides who crave a marriage of height and comfort with their footwear. The 70s-inspired silhouettes are defined by a front platform that helps redistribute pressure at the ball of the foot where impact is most concentrated, and are often accompanied by tall, thick heels to boost support. For these reasons, Miner notes she’s seen a growing number of Nina customers choose the brand’s towering platform styles.
  • Booties: Brides who stray away from tradition will love bridal booties. These come in everything from elegant lace designs to sleek leather, sparkling pairs and even cowboy-inspired options that are perfect to wear if you’re going for a western theme with your wedding. These also offer more structural support than classic pumps and sandals, as they typically encase most of (if not all) the entire foot.
  • Mules: These breezy options are great for warm-weather nuptials and are easy to slip when you’re ready to walk down the aisle. They come in both flat and heeled versions. Goldberg tells us she often styles pointed-toe mules when working with lower heel heights, as they “keep the look elegant and ladylike without brides having to sport a five-inch stiletto and can add some edge to super-feminine dresses.”

What to look for in the most comfortable wedding shoes

When shopping for comfortable wedding shoes, heel height, is of course, an important consideration. “We know from medical literature that heels higher than 65 millimeters (or 2.5 inches) create excess pressure on the wearer’s forefoot,” says Silicon Valley-based podiatrist and E’mar Italy founder Dr. Najwa Javed. However, if you do go for loftier options, look for styles with more supportive wedge or block heels as well as extra comfort tech like ample cushioning and arch support to ward off pain and help stabilize the foot.

According to Dr. Javed, it’s also important to note that certain foot types may do better with different heel heights. She says people with bunions should go for pairs with no more than two inches of heel elevation, while people with plantar fasciitis (and often high arches) will benefit from styles with “at least two inches of elevation to help reduce the pull of the Achilles, which is connected to the plantar fascial band,” she says. And, those with flat feet or fallen arches should choose options “with a heel that’s at least one-inch tall but no more than three inches tall for optimal midfoot support,” she adds.

The toe box of a bridal shoe can also make a huge difference in terms of comfort, especially for those with particular foot conditions. “If you have a square, wide foot, bunions or hammertoes, avoid narrow, pointy toe boxes,” warns New York-based podiatrist Dr. Jackie Sutera. “Instead, opt for a rounder or square toe box.” According to Sutera, a wider toe box additionally leaves more room for feet to expand, as they may swell throughout the day. If you naturally have wide feet, look for pairs available in wide-width options. If you don’t suffer from any foot conditions and desire a pointed-toe look, try roomier options that won’t cramp toes (read customers reviews for insight on this, or check to see if the style is made with a flexible leather or canvas upper). You may consider going up a half size to allow for a bit more room up front.

Also, keep in mind that people with plantar fasciitis should avoid platform styles altogether, as these individuals will usually “find relief and reduction in symptoms when wearing shoes with a heel drop (where the heel is higher than the front of the shoe),” Dr. Sutera advises.

Other Factors to consider for the best bridal shoes

A few other main factors will also help guide your search for the perfect pair of comfortable wedding shoes, including:

  • The type of ceremony you’ll be having and how formal it will be. For example, “an espadrille may be tempting for a beach wedding, but it reads quite casual,” Goldberg says. “Save it for your honeymoon unless it’s truly hidden underneath the gown.”
  • Any wardrobe changes you may have on your big day. If you plan to have multiple outfit swaps, Goldberg recommends starting with a heel that’s “delicate, complementary to the gown and comfortable to stand in, followed by the ultimate party heel” for dancing the night away at the reception. “Some brides like to have a second heel to change into with a bit more support, ideally with a platform and an ankle strap, and most like to end the night in a low-heeled mule or slipper, or in a cute sneaker for dancing that complements their last look of the night,” she notes.
  • The material of your wedding apparel. “Keep in mind crystal details on shoes can snag delicate silks and tulles,” Goldberg says, so you may want to avoid embellished styles if your dress, jumpsuit or skirt falls into this category.
  • The color of your wedding apparel. “Look out for various shades of white and ivory available for shoes,” Golderg advises. “You want to make sure your shoe isn’t drastically whiter or warmer than the tone of your gown.” With blue, champagne or metallic-toned shoes, you have a lot more versatility.
  • The length of your gown. “As a styling trick, long wedding gowns with trains typically cover most of the shoe, so focus on the toe box first and foremost,” Goldberg says. “Save the higher heels for moments that matter, like your looks with shorter hemlines.”
  • Finally, remember that “shoes are a major factor in the way your body looks in photographs,” Golderg advises. “They can make your legs appear long and lean or cut you off at the ankle with a hefty strap. Even if you’re opting for a lower heel or a flat, try to opt for delicate straps and details to elongate your silhouette.”

With all this in mind, we rounded up 22 comfortable wedding shoes for brides to feel good and look fabulous on their big day. Whether you prefer simple, classic silhouettes or something high-glam, you’re bound to find a pair of the best bridal shoes here.

Top Comfortable Wedding Shoes

Nina Contesa Satin Sandals

Comfortable Wedding Shoes With a Low Heel

  • Offered in 14 colors and finishes
  • Available in sizes 5-12, including half sizes
  • Offered in standard and wide width options

Brides looking to test the waters with stilettos with find a good companion in a low-heeled option, like this elegant satin pair from Nina. The subtle heel is just 2.5 inches tall, and like every pair of Nina shoes, is made with a custom last to ensure you get a closer fit. Additionally, these have light padding and are available in wide width options, making them one of the best wedding shoes for brides with wide feet. Also complete with chic crossover details at the front and a peep-toe design that’s perfect for showing off a fresh pedicure, customers praise the style for being equal parts comfortable and stylish. Nab it in classic ivory or this lovely champagne hue for under $90, as well as 12 other neutral to vibrant finishes.

CREDIT: Courtesy of Nina Shoes

Ugg Yarrow Sandals

Comfortable Wedge Wedding Shoes  

  • Includes adjustable ankle ties
  • Comes in natural as well as black canvas
  • Available in sizes 5-12, including half sizes

The brand that makes your favorite fuzzy slippers also has a super cute, practical wedge you can wear to walk down the aisle. Best for more casual or beach ceremonies, this 2.5-inch-tall style from Ugg features a classic jute-wrapped wedge heel and a soft canvas upper with dainty ankle ties. A zipper at the back allows you to get these on and take them off easily, while the brand’s synthetic sockliner adds feel-good cushioning underfoot. “These shoes are very well made, extremely stylish and comfy!” notes one customer. They offer a flexible footbed, ample padding and the perfect angle between the heel and ball of the foot.”

Ugg Yarrow Sandals

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Birdies The Swan Jeweled Gold Sparkle Flats

Comfortable Wedding Flats

  • Has seven layers of cushioning
  • Comes in 14 colors and styles
  • Available in sizes 5-12, including half sizes

We get it — for some brides, the thought of wearing heels on the big day is just as unpleasant as the idea of a wardrobe malfunction just minutes before walking down the aisle. Thanks to burgeoning flats brand Birdies, you can look ultra-glam while enjoying top-notch comfort, too. These editor-approved slides from the label give us major Great Gatsby vibes with their all-over glitter finish and contrasting crystal accents formed into the prettiest brooch-like design. (For something a little less blingy, you can try the Swan featuring a velvet upper and bracelet-like strap across the vamp). Underfoot, you get the brand’s silky, quilted footbed and seven layers of cushioning. The only drawback? This writer found the shoe’s vamp to be a bit low for superb lockdown, but people with narrower feet may not find this to be an issue.

Birdies The Swan Jeweled Gold Sparkle Flats

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Sarah Flint Wedding Parker Sling 50

Comfortable Slingback Wedding Shoes

  • Handmade in Italy
  • Includes arch support
  • All-white
  • Available in sizes 4-13, including half sizes

Known for its Italian-made pumps, flats, sandals and boots beloved by celebrities like Amal Clooney and Meghan Markle, Sarah Flint launched a bridal line back in 2018 and continues to update it regularly with stunning, comfort-driven offerings. Case in point: The latest addition to the lineup, the Wedding Parker Sling 50. Made with great attention to detail, the pointed-toe style includes a mesh and satin upper that’s water-resistant (so you don’t have to fear any unexpected spills ruining your look) plus handmade leather floral appliqués for an elegant touch. For support, the style also boasts an adjustable slingback strap, six millimeters of extra padding underfoot and the brand’s signature anatomical footbed done in a dainty blue color. Topped off with a grippy rubber forefoot and manageable block heel, these stunning slingbacks can easily be worn from the aisle to the dance floor — no shoe change required.

Sarah Flint Wedding Parker Sling 50

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Manolo Blahnik Carolyne for Danielle Frankel

  • Comes in a pearl-colored finish
  • Available in European sizes 35-41, including half sizes

“The Carolyne by Manolo Blahnik is, without a doubt, the most comfortable wedding shoe,” Goldberg says. “We have enough brides who have worn them to prove it!” Made in partnership with New York-based bridal designer Danielle Frankel, this smooth slingback pump has a manageable three-inch heel that’s slightly flared for extra eye-catching detail. “I love this collaboration for elevated updates to go-to styles,” Golderb adds, calling out other standout looks in the line like an exclusive crystal link ankle strap pair and option done in Frankel’s signature print.

Manolo Blahnik Carolyne for Danielle Frankel

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Naturalizer Women’s Joy Sandals

Orthopedic Dress Shoes for Weddings

  • Includes ergonomic insole with arch support
  • Offered in nine colors and finishes
  • Comes in sizes

For one of the most versatile wedding shoes you’re bound to get tons of use out of year-round, go for Naturalizer’s Joy sandals. The classic, tall block-heeled sandal will blend with any bridal gown, as well as a range of dressy frocks for other formal occasions or even jeans and a billowy blouse for brunch with friends on the weekends. Courtesy of the brand who makes some of the best orthopedic shoes on the market, this leather heel is designed to be plenty comfortable featuring a 0.5-inch platform and anatomically-sculpted insole with arch support. Over 800 customers gave these sandals a five-star rating, including a nurse who is used to wearing supportive shoes for standing all day and found these to be extremely comfortable. The sandal is available in wedding-ready nude and metallic tones, but can also be purchased in faux croc finishes or colorful suede iterations.

Naturalizer Women's Joy Sandals

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Marione Parke Lucia Crystal Stiletto Slide Sandals

Comfortable Wedding Mules

  • Has a podiatrist-created footbed
  • Available in white, light blue and black
  • Come in European sizes 35 to 43, including half sizes

Founded by former podiatric surgeon Marione Parke, this namesake Italian-made label is one to keep on your radar for ultra-comfortable heels. Although these styles are on the pricier end, they achieve that often elusive feat of offering sneaker-like support in chic, minimalist silhouettes. It’s all thanks to the brand’s trademarked Triple I insole, which, informed by Parke’s knowledge of foot biomechanics, works to enhance stability, reduce pressure on the forefoot and adapt to your feet’s natural curve over time with proprietary cushioning. These standout suede mules from the brand’s bridal collection not only feature the coveted tech, but also two thick front straps for security and a manageable 3.3-inch stiletto heel. A glittering front buckle detail add to their Instagram-worthy effect. Grab them in classic white, light blue or even black for something bold and unexpected.

Marione Parke Lucia Crystal Stiletto Slide Sandals

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Chinese Laundry Platform Heeled Sandals

Comfortable Platform Wedding Shoes

  • Has an adjustable ankle strap
  • Offered in 14 different colorways in leather or suede finishes
  • Available in sizes 5-11, including half sizes

Platforms are all the rage right now, so opting for a pair on your big day ensures you’ll be one of the trendiest brides around. We’re obsessed with this sandal option from affordable brand Chinese Laundry, which comes in the prettiest metallic gold hue that will pop when peeking out from underneath any wedding day attire. In addition to a thick, stabilizing platform, it features a just under-four-inch block heel — which customers call the perfect height, especially for taller women — and adjustable ankle strap for easier strides. Some shoppers even rave they comfortably wore these for hours at their wedding, without incurring a single blister.

Chinese Laundry Women's Platform Heeled Sandals

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Keds x Kate Spade New York Triple Glitter Sneakers

Comfortable Wedding Tennis Shoes

  • Offered in cream
  • Available in sizes 5-11, including half sizes.

Also great for brides who fall into the anti-heel-wearing category are these glittering Keds x Kate Spade sneakers. The collaborative style offers a ceremony-ready spin on Ked’s classic Triple Core silhouette, done in glitter-dipped canvas with soft white ribbon laces and gold hardware accents. The triple-stacked platform also gives you a major height boost, which is an obvious plus. If you’re not quite feeling the vibe of wearing these to walk down the aisle, save them for dancing the night away at the reception (we promise you won’t regret it).

Keds x Kate Spade New York Triple Glitter Sneakers

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Jewel Badgley Mischka Fidelia Heeled Sandals

  • Available in champagne, navy and black satin, as well as silver and gold leather
  • Comes in sizes 5-11, including half sizes

Jewel by Badgley Mischka makes some of the glitziest wedding shoes that only look expensive, with customers mentioning how comfortable many of the brand’s pairs actually are. This ankle-strap sandal from the label is beloved by shoppers for its chic angular heel that provides “solid support,” as one reviewer writes, at just over two inches tall. Offered in three satin and two metallic leather versions, these also have iridescent crystals at the toe that offer a unique glittering rainbow effect when they catch the light.

Jewel Badgley Mischka Fidelia Heeled Sandals

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Mach and Mach 65 mm Double Bow Silk Satin Pumps

“This style has a lower heel height, but still feels like that special, statement after-party shoe all brides have their eyes on,” Goldberg says. Courtesy of the It-brand you’ve likely been seeing all over Instagram, these 2.5-inch-tall Mach & Mach heels are dressed in luxe satin with coveted details like the brand’s signature crystal-embossed double front bow detail. The adjustable ankle strap is not only further embellished with crystals but also should wrap around the ankle twice for extra support. Plus, it comes in half sizes to help you find your perfect fit.

Mach and Mach 65 mm Double Bow Silk Satin Pumps

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Tamara Mellon Solitude 65 Sandals

Comfortable Silver Wedding Shoes

  • Has a special “Pillow Top” insole for ultra-plush cushioning.
  • Offered in silver, black and brown
  • Available in sizes 5-12

Co-founder of Jimmy Choo Tamara Mellon created her eponymous footwear line just six years ago, and it’s already captured the attention of Hollywood trendsetters like Kendall Jenner, Katie Holmes and Tracee Ellis Ross. But while its core chic-meets-comfortable styles have earned the brand a cult following, we have to say the label’s latest Pillow Top collection is by far its most genius. Each sandal, mule and pump in the line features an eight-millimeter thick insole made of high-density memory foam cushioning that softens and molds to the shape of your feet in response to body heat for a lastingly plush feel. We think the line’s Solitude sandal in silver Argentino makes a perfect wedding shoe, complete with an ankle and heel strap and moderate 2.56-inch heel for even more wearability.

Tamara Mellon Solitude 65 Sandals

CREDIT: Courtesy of Tamara Mellon

E’mar Everyday Ankle Strap Pumps

  • Includes an anti-slip footbed and carbon fiber inlay for anatomical support
  • Comes in ivory
  • Available in ivory leather or olive green suede

Another stellar brand founded by a foot and ankle surgeon, E’mar was created in 2020 with a mission to offer high-quality, made-in-Italy heels that prioritize foot health. The result is a series of elegant sandals, boots and pumps created with biomechanically-designed arch inclines to redistribute pressure away from the ball of foot and promote proper alignment. Many of the brand’s styles are fitting for weddings, too, including this ivory-colored low block-heel pump. In addition to featuring the brand’s signature inclines, it has an anti-sip footbed (rare for a pair of heels!) with dual-layer memory foam for stability and cushioning, as well as an ultra-thin carbon fiber inlay that wraps around the foot for additional anatomical support. And the look of the shoe is just as intriguing, as it’s dressed in smooth leather and features an eye-catching mesh lattice pattern on the sides. A roomy square toe and adjustable ankle wrap win on both the style and function fronts, making this one of the most wearable pairs, hands-down, on our list.

E'mar Everyday Ankle Strap Pumps

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Nina Kat Heels

Comfortable Kitten Heel Wedding Shoes 

  • Comes in white as well as black, chartreuse and bright pink
  • Available in sizes 5-11, including half sizes

The only drama on your wedding day should come in the form of a bold gown and equally glamorous pair of heels. For those whose style leans adventurous, we love Nina’s Kat heel in ivory, featuring crystal embellishments and the standout feather accent trend. It has a slightly asymmetrical 2.25-inch heel, roomy almond toe shape and lightly cushioned footbed for comfort. In addition to complementing an intricate look, it’s also great for adding a touch of flair to classic, simple wedding garments.

Nina Kat Heel

Sleeper Aristocat Satin Ballet Flats in White

Comfortable Satin Wedding Shoes

  • Available in European sizes 36-42
  • Come in white, black and deep pink

In case you didn’t already know, beloved nightwear-loungewear brand Sleeper also carries bridal gear. For its latest spring ’22 wedding collection, the brand debuted the daintiest Mary Jane flats that are ideal for more casual brides or post-ceremony festivities. Almost akin to ballet slippers, they’re done in delicate satin with a large detachable bow for extra oomph — a detail that’s set to be huge year. Priced at $250, the luxe style also boasts squared off toe boxes that look sleek while allowing for more wiggle room. (To note, Sleeper’s factory is based in Kyiv, Ukraine. While war rages on in the country, the brand’s co-founders plan to cross the border to Istanbul, where they aim to help relocate employees and re-start production to fulfill orders for the new season, according to a recent interview with Vogue.)

Sleeper Aristocat Satin Ballet Flats in White

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Jimmy Choo Mirabelle 110 Wedge Sandals

Comfortable Designer Wedge Wedding Shoes 

  • Dressed in ivory-colored silk
  • Comes in European sizes 34-42

Any bride desiring a lofty-yet-comfortable designer sandal for their nuptials should look no further than Jimmy Choo’s Mirabelle 110. Although these do lack cushioning, their over four-inch-tall wedge heel is naturally more stable than an equally towering stiletto and is also balanced out by a platform to reduce impact at the forefoot. Additionally, elastic inserts provide a more custom fit to help prevent rubbing and blisters. Complete with a trendy square toe, sleek satin finish and rhinestone-embellished buckle, these are fitting for a black tie ceremony and make a stellar pair of comfortable outdoor wedding shoes  — particularly for venues where you might be walking on grass.

Jimmy Choo Mirabelle 110 Wedge Sandals

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Loeffler Randall Camellia Bow High Heel Sandals

  • Comes in wedding-ready hues like blue, white, and gold, as well as a handful of other colors
  • Available in sizes 5-12, including half sizes

A sturdy 3.5-inch block heel and adjustable ankle strap add stability to these lovely bow-embellished sandals from Loeffler Randall. Meanwhile, a pleated finish and signature knotted detail offer a touch of texture when peeking out from underneath your wedding day attire. “These shoes are gorgeous and comfortable,” writes one reviewer, suggesting that, like other shoppers, you should “go up half a size for the perfect fit.”

Loeffler Randall Camellia Bow High Heel Sandals

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Stuart Weitzman Goldie Pearly Stud Jelly Sandals

Comfortable Beach Wedding Shoes

  • Comes in white, light pink, clear and black
  • Offered in sizes 5-12

Few shoes are more fitting for a beach wedding than a classic thong sandal, and this pair from iconic American brand Stuart Weitzman hits high marks in our book. The jelly construction makes these super flexible, which is ideal for traversing any uneven plots of sand. Still, these look elegant via an opaque finish and pearl studded accents along the front strap. The open-sided silhouette is also a great option for people with bunions, and an adjustable ankle strap helps you further customize the fit.

Stuart Weitzman Goldie Pearly Stud Jelly Sandals

CREDIT: Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Good American Cinder-F*cking-Rella Pump

Comfortable Clear Heels for Weddings

  • Offered in clear and four translucent hues
  • Available in standard and extended widths in sizes 4-14

Who doesn’t want to feel like a princess on their special day? Good American makes these glass-slipper inspired pumps that are designed to fit like a glove. Like the rest of the brand’s offerings, this embellished lucite style is unique in that it comes in extended widths and is available in up to a size 14, making it one of the most size-inclusive wedding-ready shoes on the market. Despite its 4.33-inch heel, the shoe is crafted to provide all-day comfort with a signature Cloud Sole. One thing to note is that if you have sweaty feet, you might want to skip these, as they will likely trap in (and reveal) any moisture. Customers also note that the standard widths fit narrow, so make sure to go up a half size if you do end up going for this option. 

Good American Cinder-F*cking-Rella Pump

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Bella Belle Belle by Joy Proctor Wedding Booties

Unique Wedding Shoes

  • Includes floral appliqués and hand-beading
  • Available in ivory
  • Offered in sizes 6-11

Looking for a truly unique alternative to classic pumps and sandals? Go for some bridal booties, like this stunning peep-toe pair from bridal footwear brand Bella Belle. Its delicate mesh upper is adorned with silk and tulle floral appliqués and hand-beaded with pearls and beads, making for a truly wispy look that’s also breathable enough to wear in spring and summer. To stave off foot pain, a sleek four-inch heel is offset by heavy padding in the footbed, with one reviewer raving they “wore these shoes all day without any soreness and since to other weddings.” Plus, these non-traditional wedding shoes have a back zipper for easy on and off and subtle adjustable strap at the ankle to help you get the best fit possible.

Bella Belle Belle by Joy Proctor Wedding Booties

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Lulus Marlena White Caged Lace-Up Heels

  • Made of vegan leather
  • Come in white and almond leather as well as blue suede
  • Offered in sizes 5-11, including half sizes

In our opinion, the best comfortable, budget-friendly wedding shoes comes courtesy of Instagram-famous brand Lulus, which carries a wide range of footwear and apparel for all members of the bridal party. Every aspect of these Marlena heels strikes the perfect balance between style and support, including a sexy caged leather upper that locks in the entire foot, edgy yet supportive lace-up details at the rear and a thick, four-inch block heel. What’s more, these comfortable ivory wedding shoes have a cushioned insole and nonskid outsole. Priced at just $38, they’re are also made entirely of vegan leather, making them a great animal-friendly option if that’s something you’re in the market for.

Lulus Marlena White Caged Lace-Up Heels

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Salone Monet Anita Campbell Pumps

Comfortable Nude Wedding Shoes

  • Has a supportive, recessed platform
  • Offered in six nude shades
  • Available in 6-12, including half sizes

If you’re seeking wedding shoes that are slightly more untraditional (like gold styles) but still just as versatile as classic white options, go for nude pairs. Salone Monet makes luxury sandals and pumps in six color-inclusive nude hues to help you find your perfect shade. (On its site, the brand suggests which celebrities would match each nude tone, but if you’re still unsure of the right hue to shop, the site also offers virtual consultations to guide you in the right direction.) These comfortable closed-toe wedding shoes have an ultra-chic nude silk upper with an almond toe and 3.3-inch Cathedral heel that’s both easier to walk in and lends subtle flair. Also unique to the silhouette is a signature recessed platform for extra support.

Priced at just under $300, we think these make a great middle-of-the-road investment that you can easily wear long after your big day.

Salone Monet Anita Campbell Pumps

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Meet the Author

Sam Peters is the senior style commerce editor at Fairchild Media Group (FMG). She previously oversaw Footwear News’ shopping vertical for three years, where she became an expert on the latest footwear trends and innovations by testing and reviewing shoes in a wide range of categories — from athletic to streetwear styles. Prior to her role at FMG, she has written about wedding trends, including bridal fashion, for Bridal Guide.

Meet the Experts

Carrie Goldberg is the founder and creative director CLG Creative, a creative consulting agency and luxury styling firm with a focus on everyday and bridal fashion. She was formerly the weddings and travel director at HarpersBAZAAR.com, where she oversaw the site’s Bride channel and travel and dining content and styled fashion and bridal editorials for BAZAAR.com.

Nina Miner is the chief creative director of Nina shoes, a brand that has specialized in comfort-driven dress shoes since 1953 (the brand was created by Nina’s father and uncle and named after her). The company offers a line of wedding-ready shoes for the bride, mother of the bride and bridesmaids, complete with comfort features like lightly padded footbeds and available in wide-width options.

Dr. Jacqueline Sutera is a New York-based podiatrist specializing in the prevention and treatment of foot pathology. She is a Vionic Innovation Lab member, as well as a Fellow of the American College of Foot & Ankle Surgeons and a member and spokesperson for the American Podiatric Medical Association and the New York State Podiatric Medical Society.

Dr. Najwa Javed is a Silicon-Valley based podiatrist and founder of E’mar Italy, a luxury heels brand focused on creating wearable elevated styles. Her shoes all feature a patent-pending inlay that uses biomechanically-designed arch inclines to redistribute pressure, and many are designed to be comfortable wedding or everyday heels.