High heels are the most commonly worn shoes for brides, and rightfully so. They are elegant, glamorous, and tie the entire wedding look together. But for some brides, they are painful and hard to walk in. Maybe you’re unsure about how you will be able to stand in your stilettos for hours on end without wanting to scream, or maybe you just don’t like wearing dressy shoes... Either way, you’ll be glad to know that pain is not always beauty.
Sandals have become a more common choice of footwear among brides in recent years, especially because bridal shoes can easily be hidden by the voluminous skirt of your gown. Whether you’re considering a change of shoes throughout the day or are avoiding pumps at all costs, take a look at the following sandals that embody comfort and elegance to help you decide which pair is most appealing to you.
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These sophisticated sandals have a very small platform, making them wearable from the altar to the dance floor. They also have an intricate wing design, which makes them stylish and unique – they'll look great in detail shots! “Seraphina Angel Wings” flat sandal in rose gold, $395 by Sophia Webster; neimanmarcus.com
This is the perfect pair for a bedazzled gown. The jewels offer a regal ambience, keeping the style appropriate for dressy occasions. “Tristen” crystal sandal, $150.50 by Badgley Mischka; nordstrom.com
Maybe you want something both simple and comfortable, which these metallic shoes can accomplish. Since the pair is simple and clean, they can easily be worn on the beach for destination celebrations or for ballroom soirées. “Trent” embellished metallic leather thong sandals, $135 by Badgley Mischka; bloomingdales.com
If you want to add a personalized touch to your comfortable footwear, find a pair of flip-flops with “Mrs.” or “Just Married” embellished on the shoes! You can also find charms to adorn the straps to make them one-of-a-kind. These are a great pair for dancing the night away! “Nadine Just Married” flip-flops in pink with gold straps, $58 by Kate Spade New York; bloomingdales.com
You might want something that is both casual and elegant, which these sandals perfectly showcase. This pair can be worn with a variety of dresses from over-the-top to plain and simple. They are even great to go from the reception straight to the honeymoon! “Tweety” sandals, $278.60 by Stuart Weitzman; shopbop.com
With this sparkling pair, your feet will be comfortable all day long while also flaunting some feminine details. The thin straps are perfect for keeping your feet aired out – especially if your wedding is taking place on a hot summer day. Crystal bow-embellished T-strap flat sandal, $906 by Rene Caovilla; bergdorfgoodman.com
In case you want to wear flat shoes but also want to appear taller on the day of your ceremony, consider platform sandals. You'll have the illusion of wearing heels without anyone knowing your feet are actually comfortable and free. Metallic leather double-strap platform sandals, $995 by Valentino; barneys.com
If you have your heart set on wearing high heels for your wedding day, click here to learn how to make them more comfortable. Gather helpful advice from a professional bridal stylist on finding the right shoes for your big day, and see 25 wedding guest dresses to wear this season!