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Here’s Definitive Proof That Comfortable Wedding Shoes Actually Exist

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The Elegant Classic

Sarah Flint Perfect Pump 85

Perfect Pump 85

The Elegant Classic

Sarah Flint Perfect Pump 85

Follow the advice of Alexa Chung and stick to the classics. Timelessly elegant, you’d never know that this Sarah Flint pump houses a wide-fitting toe box, contoured arch support, a secure steel stiletto, and 6mm of extra padding. Plus, if leather’s not your thing, these lifesaving heels are also available in white satin.

Sizes: 4-13

Colors: 24 options

Material: Calf leather

Heel height: 3.3”

Customer review: “These pumps live up to their name: perfect. I had stopped wearing high heels after spraining my ankle a decade or so ago. I couldn’t bear the idea of wearing flats to my daughter’s, wedding so I bought the Sarah Flint 85s thinking I would switch to flats after the ceremony and photos. To my surprise, I ended up wearing them all night and even for the car ride home. I have never worn a more comfortable pair of heels…comfortable right out of the box.”

The Metallic Mule

JW PEI Sara Mule Heeled Sandals

Sara Mule Heeled Sandals

The Metallic Mule

JW PEI Sara Mule Heeled Sandals

JW PEI is picking up steam for its extensive and glorious selection of vegan bags—I can confirm that my Fae Crossbody Bag absolutely rakes in the compliments wherever I go. No doubt, the brand’s shoes are the same. With puffy cushioning on these fun, abstract mules my bets are these will be as viral as the bags. “Remember, heels can be fun geometric shapes too,” Lobkova adds.

Sizes: 5-10

Colors: 16 options

Material: Vegan leather, polyester

Heel height: 2”

Customer review: “I loveeeeee this shoe! The vegan leather is so plush and soft, and the color is so vibrant! The shape is also fabulous, a statement shoe that is COMFY AF!!!”

The Best Black

Kurt Geiger London Belgravia Bow Velvet Kitten Heel

Belgravia Bow Velvet Kitten Heel

The Best Black

Kurt Geiger London Belgravia Bow Velvet Kitten Heel

The kitten heel has long been the ideal stiletto alternative for those seeking sophistication without risking sprain. And now that bridesmaids in black is a trend rather than a taboo, it’s the ideal time to pull out these cushioned, velvet slingbacks from Kurt Geiger (which will also look great at any and all holiday parties).

Sizes: 5-11

Colors: Black, Gold, Teal

Material: Velvet

Heel height: 2.5”

Customer review: “Love love love. I’m someone that needs a low heel, and so far I have been able to wear these without any issues because they also have a more padded insole than most other shoes. Plus, they’re sparkly and pretty. Highly recommend.”

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The Modern Mary Jane

Sam Edelman Tahira Pump

Editor’s Choice

Tahira Pump

The Modern Mary Jane

Sam Edelman Tahira Pump

Weddings are a fabulous opportunity to take trends on a test run, and these strappy Mary Jane pumps are a personal favorite. The low heel and versatile silhouette make them ideal for long-term wear.

Sizes: 5-10

Colors: Dark Ivory, Black, Washed Teal

Material: Textile and synthetic

Heel height: 2”

Editor review: “I bought these in the black patent color, and I could not be more thankful for them. A cute, comfy little block heel that goes with all my jeans and sweater dresses this season and is classic enough to withstand yearly trends. I did have to break them in a few times to soften the area around the heel, but now I rely on them constantly. Plus, I’ve been forever searching for a good faux leather Mary Jane style like this.”—A.A.

Not Your Average Sneaker

Dolce Vita Zina Pearl Sneakers

Zina Pearl Sneakers

Not Your Average Sneaker

Dolce Vita Zina Pearl Sneakers

A sparkly pick for the glitter-inclined among us, these statement-making Dolce Vita sneakers feature faux pearls and metallic accents that make them wedding-day-worthy.

Sizes: 5-13

Colors: Vanilla Pearls

Material: Leather, synthetic, pearls

Heel height: 1”

Customer review: “Was looking for a fun sneaker suitable to wear under my wedding dress but that I could wear again. These were perfect [to wear with] my wedding dress and a t-shirt and cropped jeans.”

The Fairytale Favorite

Bella Belle Esther Mesh Lace Beaded Kitten Heels

Esther Mesh Lace Beaded Kitten Heels

The Fairytale Favorite

Bella Belle Esther Mesh Lace Beaded Kitten Heels

Ethereal and enchanting, these heavily padded, fantasy heels from Bella Belle are adorned with hand-beaded floral lace and a removable tulle bow at the heel. If you feel like you need to take things up a notch, they’re also available in a 4” heel.

Sizes: 5-11

Colors: Ivory

Material: Silk, mesh, leather

Heel height: 2.5”

Customer review: “Oh goodness did I feel beautiful with these shoes. They just pulled my whole outfit together and I felt absolutely stunning…I even incorporated the shoe into my reception just so I could show them off!”

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Pretty In Pink

Bebe Ariel Block Heel Pump

Ariel Block Heel Pump

Pretty In Pink

Bebe Ariel Block Heel Pump

While notably more precarious than a flat, these block heel pumps are super sturdy and made to withstand much more movement than your average dinner party. And the soft, patent pink enables you to make them a favorite staple in your shoe collection.

Sizes: 6-11

Colors: 6 options

Material: Faux patent leather, synthetic materials

Heel height: 3.5”

Customer review: “A fun color and beautiful style—goes with many things and at a great price!”

The Best On Amazon

Dream Pairs Low-Heel Pump Sandals

Low-Heel Pump Sandals

The Best On Amazon

Dream Pairs Low-Heel Pump Sandals

Don’t count out Amazon for wedding attire. These simple, straight-to-the-point block heels have 4.3 stars from over 10,400 reviewers who have attested to their captivating comfort and style versatility.

Sizes: 5-11

Colors: 21 options

Material: Polyurethane, rubber, latex

Heel height: 2.25”

Customer review: “I did not expect to find my perfect wedding shoes on Amazon, but alas—I wore these babies to my wedding last year, and I didn’t take them off once from 3 P.M. to midnight. After multiple hours of walking, running, skipping, and dancing, I suffered not one single blister.”

The Vintage Style Sock Boot

Angel Alarcon Pointed-Toe Kitten Heel Boots

Pointed-Toe Kitten Heel Boots

The Vintage Style Sock Boot

Angel Alarcon Pointed-Toe Kitten Heel Boots

Bonus points for the durability and versatility of these sock boots—you’ll be able to wear them with numerous post-wedding outfits.

Sizes: 5-10

Colors: 7 options

Material: Faux leather

Heel height: 1.5”

Customer review: “These boots exceeded my expectations. Not only are they gorgeous and flattering, they are comfortable. The heel gives just enough height and these can be worn with pants and skirts or dresses.”

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The Sparkly Slip On

Birdies The Swan

The Swan

The Sparkly Slip On

Birdies The Swan

Now 27% Off

If you’re a boho bride (or bridesmaid, or guest!) and heels aren’t your thing, these elegant closed-toe flats are comfy enough to slip on and slip off as you float from one event to another.

Sizes: 5-12

Colors: 9 options

Material: Glitter-coated fabric, jewel embellishment

Heel height: 15mm

Customer review: “Such a beautiful and comfy shoe!! It’s perfect for the days I still want to be dressed up but don’t want to wear heels.”

The Pearly Whites

Kate Spade Avaline Faux Pearl-Embellished Satin Sandals

Avaline Faux Pearl-Embellished Satin Sandals

The Pearly Whites

Kate Spade Avaline Faux Pearl-Embellished Satin Sandals

A bridal shoe doesn’t get any more classic than this all-white satin Kate Spade heel, topped off with faux pearls.

Sizes: 6-11

Colors: Ivory

Material: Textile, leather

Heel height: 3”

Customer review: “I purchased these shoes as my wedding shoes. They are stunningly elegant and the perfect height. Wearable all night!”

The Princess Pump

Badgley Mischka Sacred Bow Pump

Sacred Bow Pump

The Princess Pump

Badgley Mischka Sacred Bow Pump

A pump fit for a princess, these pale pink satin heels are embellished with a tulle and crystal beaded bow.

Sizes: 5-11

Colors: Blush, Soft White, Azure Blue, Black

Material: Textile and synthetic, leather

Heel height: 3.5”

Customer review: “These are beautiful, beyond my expectations, and are comfortable. I’ve had the Mach and Mach’s; I’ll save a coin and get these going forward!! They are beautiful!”

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The Podiatrist-Approved Pick

Vionic Adalena Slingback Heel

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Adalena Slingback Heel

The Podiatrist-Approved Pick

Vionic Adalena Slingback Heel

Now 15% Off

If it’s comfort you’re after, look no further than Vionic. The brand is a favorite amongst podiatrists, and this particular style holds the American Podiatric Medical Association (APMA) Seal of Acceptance for its cushioning, stability, arch support, and flexibility.

Sizes: 5-11

Colors: 9 options

Material: Leather, synthetic materials

Heel height: 4”

Customer review: “For a heel, these are my go-to. I have arch issues and I can wear these without being in ball-of-foot pain.”

The Cinderella Slipper

Amina Muaddi Begum Crystal-Embellished Pumps

Begum Crystal-Embellished Pumps

The Cinderella Slipper

Amina Muaddi Begum Crystal-Embellished Pumps

The next best thing to a true, princess-inspired glass slipper, this Amina Muaddi pump features a sculptural heel for a sturdier base and a tiny crystal bow that adds just the right amount of sparkle for happily ever after.

Sizes: 5-13

Colors: Clear

Material: PVC, crystal embellishment

Heel height: 3.8”

Customer review: “I absolutely love these shoes…perfect for a nice formal event. They are snug at first and run small so I sized up a half size…more comfortable than other PVC-style pumps. I got so many compliments when I wore them for a wedding in the summer! I have the clear, and they go with everything.”

The Classy Cowgirl

Betsey Johnson Emory Rhinestone Western Boot

Emory Rhinestone Western Boot

The Classy Cowgirl

Betsey Johnson Emory Rhinestone Western Boot

Now 16% Off

Introducing the maximalist’s cowboy boot—a match made in heaven for all of those Nashville bachelorette parties or country-themed weddings. With a stacked and stable heel, these blinged-out booties will also pair great with dressed-down denim or make for a shimmery concert shoe.

Sizes: 5-12

Colors: White, Silver, Dark Brown, Black

Material: Synthetic and fabric, rhinestone embellishment

Heel height: 3.5”

Customer review: “These are so dang cute. I cannot wait to wear them for my bachelorette party…I ordered a full size up from what I typically wear.”

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The Versatile Steal

Lulu’s Maryna Off White Pointed-Toe Mules

Maryna Off White Pointed-Toe Mules

The Versatile Steal

Lulu’s Maryna Off White Pointed-Toe Mules

Lulus has an exceptional selection of affordable, swoon-worthy wedding shoes, but the understated lure of these cushioned slip-ons makes them a top contender.

Sizes: 5-11

Colors: Off White, Black

Material: Vegan leather

Heel height: 3.5”

Customer review: “I’m getting married in November, and the hardest part of picking my outfit out was the shoes! I have wide feet and I wanted something closed-toe since my wedding is outdoors. I tried on so many pairs of shoes and they were all so narrow. I was so happy when I received these mules and put them on because they were the first pair that fit perfectly!”

A Glass of Red

Larroude Ines Velvet Pump

Ines Velvet Pump

A Glass of Red

Larroude Ines Velvet Pump

Color me obsessed. There are one-use-only, single-occasion shoes, and then there are these rich, red-wine velvet slingbacks from Larroude that exude French It-Girl aesthetic. Thanks to the adjustable ankle strap and memory foam cushioning, you can get years of day-to-night versatility out of these as well.

Sizes: 5-11

Colors: Wine, Black, Ivory, Silver

Material: Velvet, leather

Heel height: 2.5”

Customer review: “I spent years in four-plus-inch heels, and while I no longer have to—or even could if I did—on occasion, I miss wearing a cool, chic, elegant pair of shoes. These are all those things, without being stiff or formal, and the heel height and shape is sexy without being daunting.”

The Mega Platform

Bebe Janysa Heels

Janysa Heels

The Mega Platform

Bebe Janysa Heels

“Cheat with a block heel and platform under the ball of the foot,” Lobkova discloses. These chunky platforms may look intimidating, but the platform base makes the heel-to-toe pitch significantly smaller. Plus, the front ankle strap adds extra insurance for secure wear.

Sizes: 6-11

Colors: Nude, Black, Red, White

Material: Synthetic

Heel height: 4”

Customer review: “High heels, but comfortable to wear because of the platform!”

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The High-Fashion Flat

Badgley Mischka Gigi Crystal Pointed-Toe Flat

Gigi Crystal Pointed-Toe Flat

The High-Fashion Flat

Badgley Mischka Gigi Crystal Pointed-Toe Flat

Sometimes, a wedding look calls for a bit of sparkle. These cream bedazzled flats would look especially impressive with a champagne-colored gown. Reviewers did recommend breaking them in a bit prior to the big day (the sides are known to rub), but once they’re adjusted, these shoes should keep your feet happy and snug all night long.

Sizes: 5-13

Colors: Ivory Satin, Black Satin

Material: Mesh, leather, synthetic materials

Customer review: “I can’t get over how comfortable they are!! I thought maybe the little crystals would scratch my skin but not at all! It also doesn’t pinch my feet either. I made sure to walk around with them on with my actual wedding dress and it felt and looked great.”

The Ballet Flat

Brother Vellies Picnic Shoe

Picnic Shoe

The Ballet Flat

Brother Vellies Picnic Shoe

Flower girls aren’t the only ones capable of rocking Mary Janes. These cutesy flats feature a heart-shaped Swarovski buckle for an extra dose of glamour. “The Mary Jane pointe shoe is super trendy, and it’s actually a reasonably comfortable alternative shoe that can be dressed up for a wedding,” Lobkova shares.

Sizes: 5-12

Colors: Dove, Maya, Yoko, Midnight

Material: Leather

Customer review: “Really nice leather, classic look and a nice bit of flair with the crystal embellishment!”

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Lauren Puckett-Pope

Culture Writer

Lauren Puckett-Pope is a staff culture writer at ELLE, where she primarily covers film, television and books. She was previously an associate editor at ELLE. 

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