For the bride and members of the bridal party alike, a wedding is a very long day. Depending on the size of the event, bridesmaids could be in their gowns, hair, and makeup from the morning until midnight. This also extends to wearing footwear. While you may not be in your shoes every moment of the day, you will be wearing them quite a lot; during endless photos, while walking down the aisle, and for a greater portion of the reception. So ideally, you’ll want your bridal party shoes to be as comfortable as possible.
In fact, comfort should really be the number one thing you look for in a pair of bridesmaid shoes. Trust us, you absolutely don’t want your feet to hurt so bad that you end up limping because you’re in so much pain. And while most people will end up tossing their shoes to the side while dancing, you may not want to do so right away.
If you’re used to wearing heels and believe you can brave some discomfort for the day, great! But, if you’re someone who needs some support when it comes to formal footwear, you’ve come to the right place.
Here’s a collection of comfortable bridal party shoes to check out, because your best friend’s wedding is not the time to try and push through the pain.
Size: 4-12 | Heel Height: 2.5″ | Colors: 18 options
These Naturalizer sandals come in a large variety of colors, they’re versatile enough to go with almost any kind of dress, and they get rave reviews online. The low block heel is sturdy and gives height without feeling too wobbly, and the contoured insole with arch support is comfortable enough to wear for hours on end.
Size: 6-10 | Heel Height: 3.5″ | Colors: 6 options
These flirty, delicate shoes feature crinkled taffeta bows and a slim ankle strap. They’re fun, feminine, and so pretty to photograph—also a great option if you’re wearing a short dress that shows off your feet. They come in a few different neutral shades, and the rounded block heel is what allows them to be comfortable.
Size: 4-13 | Heel Height: 3″ | Colors: 4 options
Simple and minimalist, these basic pumps are a must-have for almost any bridesmaid. They come in four different neutral shades and a wide variety of sizes (as well as narrow or wide options). The pointed toe makes them sleek, but with Naturalizer’s signature comfort at the forefront.
Size: 5-12 | Heel Height: 2.5″ | Colors: 18 options
A low-block heel makes these Marc Fischer shoes stable, comfortable, and versatile, meaning you’ll definitely wear them again. They come in 18 different colors—some neutral and some bright and fun—so if you’re trying to match your dress, there’s probably an option for you.
Size: 6-12 | Heel Height: 3″ | Colors: 4 options
These block-heeled sandals are a great basic for weddings and beyond, as the slingback and “S” shaped strap are playful and worthy details. These come in a beige, black, white, or bright pink hue, with the beige option being the most versatile.
Size: 4-12 | Heel Height: 1.25″ | Colors: 6 options
If the bride is okay with you wearing flats, that’s a win, but make sure they’re comfortable since flats can cause pain too. These feature an adjustable strap with a contoured foot meant to offer as much comfort as possible. A very small block heel also means your feet won’t be flat on the floor.
Size: 6-10 | Heel Height: 2.5″ | Colors: 4 options
These neutral-colored heels are a classic choice that can be worn at almost any type of wedding. The low-block heels are comfortable and the adjustable ankle strap offers added support.
Size: 4-13 | Heel Height: 2.25″ | Colors: 6 options
For a more elevated sandal look, opt for these sparkly Naturalizer sandals. The crystal detailing provides some subtle shimmer, and the straps and low heel keep them comfortable.
Size: 5-11 | Heel Height: 2.75″ | Colors: 12 options
These d’Orsay pumps have a bit of a vintage feel to them, and they’re a feminine pick that would look pretty with a short or long dress. They come in a variety of colors and while the heel is slim, it’s not too high.
Size: 5-11 | Heel Height: 3″ | Colors: Nude
Covered in sequins and embellished crystals, these shoes will catch everyone’s eye, even under a long dress. They’re made with extra padding for comfort, so even if the heel is a little high, you should be able to manage.
Size: 4-12 | Heel Height: 15mm” | Colors: 14 options
Make your look even more stylish by opting for this pair of flats from Bridies, a crystal-encrusted shoe that feels at once luxe and fancy. The inside cushioning feels “cloud-like,” and the no-slip rubber sole will allow you to dance with ease.
Size: IT 35 -42 | Heel Height: 2.5″ | Colors: 3 options
Strappy sandals don’t generally mean comfort, but with the low-block heel on this option, they’ll definitely make hours of standing more manageable. The thin straps are a feminine touch that can wrap around your ankle in a chic and trendy way.
Size: 5-12 | Heel Height: 2.25″ | Colors: 4 options
What makes these, otherwise classic, heels unique are the allover crystal embellishments. They have a low heel, back heel support, and ankle strap for maximum comfort.
Size: 6-11 | Heel Height: none | Colors: Gold
Beach weddings call for flat sandals, but there’s no reason they have to be boring. These embellished sandals from Bella Belle feature some sparkle and shine, and while they’re flat to the floor, they’re still lightly padded.
Size: 4-13 | Heel Height: 3.3″ | Colors: Platinum Ice
You don’t have to spend a lot on bridesmaid shoes, but if you choose to, these Jimmy Choo pumps are an excellent choice. The glittery fabric is so fun and these are especially great for a winter wedding.
Size: 5-12 | Heel Height: 2.1″ | Colors: 3 options
Kitten heels are another heel height that provides comfort. These come in three different hues and have the Antonio Melani High-Frequency Comfort Sock, which is a molded arch pad, layered comfort heel pad, comfort ball pad, and perforated toe area.
Size: 5-12 | Heel Height: 2.25″ | Colors: 4 options
These mule shoes are on-trend and a more casual option, should the dress code allow you to wear them. What’s interesting about this pair, is that they have a unique diamond pattern that disperses friction away from the foot for added comfort.
Size: 6-10 | Heel Height: 2.5″ | Colors: Gold and silver
A sturdy block heel and ankle strap offer support and make these Seychelles sandals easy to wear. The mix of gold and silver is a unique touch, and perfect for bridesmaids on the hunt for gold footwear.
Size: 3.5-13 | Heel Height: 3.2″ | Colors: Beige
Stuart Weitzman’s Nearlynude block heel sandals are a classic and versatile option that will never go out of style. They come in a variety of widths—narrow, medium, wide, and extra wide—and the beige hue allows them to work with almost any dress.
Size: 5-12 | Heel Height: 3″ | Colors: 4 options
Wedges are another comfortable alternative to high-heel pumps, and we absolutely recommend this pair from Kelly & Katie. These come in neutral shades that make them versatile and offer plenty of support.
What to Look for in a Comfortable Bridesmaid Shoe
When looking for comfortable bridesmaid shoes, you should really focus on the heel height, the type of heel, and how much support they have. Higher heels are almost always going to be a little more uncomfortable, especially after wearing them for hours. A 2.5″ heel is a near perfect option that offers a good mix of comfort and some height. Block heels, kitten heels, and wedges are also great choices and work well for every dress code. What’s more, you can choose formal flats if heels are a no-go for you. Look for padding inside the shoe regardless of the heel, and always remember to test out your shoes before the big day.
Shoes that don’t have a very high heel, plenty of arch support, and a padded foot are going to be the most comfortable options. Look for platforms, block heels, wedges, or flats, over stilettos and sky-high footwear.
Make sure you wear your bridesmaid shoes before the big day, at least once or twice. This can help stretch them out, and will also give you a warning if they’re way too uncomfortable to wear. You can also buy accessories to make your shoes more manageable, like extra padding.
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