Weddings require a kind of Holy Grail of shoes: Dressy but also practical, and above all, wildly comfortable.
Though it might seem like winter will never end, the shocking fact is that wedding season will be here sooner than you know it and you'll need a pair of wedding shoes in your closet. Yes, the dates on those invites tacked on your fridge are actually looming closer and closer every day. Which means now is as good a time as ever to invest in the pair of wedding shoes you might as well live in until October. There’s nothing worse than running to the mall at the last minute, buying a pricey pair of silver wedding shoes you sort of like, only to find out the next day that the straps might as well be barbed wire and the stilettos so teetering that you can’t even step-touch on the dance floor. We’ve mined the rosters of dress shoes to find the ultimate Holy Grail: Cute, comfortable wedding shoes that won’t kill your feet (with stellar reviews to boot). Here, five of pairs we could dance all night in, whether you're looking for wedding shoe wedges, flat wedding shoes, or even (gasp) just a good ol' pair of heels.
Sam Edelman Patti Leather Sandals
For those looking for a simple pair of leather ankle strap sandals, look no further than this pair by Sam Edelman. Our associate food editor Ananda Eidelstein swears by these comfy shoes and claims they make it “possible to wear heels and experience absolutely no pain.”
To buy: $100; saksfifthavenue.com.
Cabella Embellished Ballet Flat
If the idea of teetering in heels sends shivers down your spine, slide on these glittery flats. Their cushioned footbed gives you needed support when you need to be on your feet, and their glam embellishments will add some twinkle to any outfit you choose. Nordstrom customers have rated them a remarkable 4.8 stars.
To buy: $80; nordstrom.com.
LifeStride Women’s Solace Dress Pump
What’s better than a comfy, not-too-tall nude heel that goes with everything? One that’s top rated by verified Amazon users, of course. Happy customers love the stretchy band on top for added stability, as well as the footbed’s padding. Do be surprised when after wearing them for hours-long weddings; you start wearing them to the office, too.
To buy: $60; amazon.com.
Blue by Betsey Johnson Women’s Stela Dress Pump
You sparkle and shine, so why shouldn’t your shoes? These flashy pumps might be a blingy dream, but they’re also surprisingly comfortable, with 125 reviewers singing their praises with five-star reviews. Comes in silver and champagne glitter.
To buy: $99; amazon.com.
Naturalizer Danya Dress Sandals
If straps are your style, slip into these cagey sandals. A chunkier heel and a cushioned insole provided hours of party-friendly stability, and its five different festive color offerings mean you won’t have any problems with finding a pair that matches everything in your closet.
To buy: $79; macys.com.