On your wedding day, you might be surprised at the amount of walking and moving around you’ll have to do. You’ll start by getting ready in a certain area of your ceremony venue, then move to the courtyard or somewhere else to do a first look and posed photos, then back to a waiting area until it’s time for the actual ceremony, then you walk down the aisle and finally get to say “I do.” After the ceremony, there will most likely be more photos, followed by the reception where you get to eat, drink and dance the night away. Throughout all of this you’re wearing your gorgeous wedding gown (which is probably heavier than your normal outfits) and a special pair of shoes. High heels are gorgeous and make any woman’s legs look fantastic, but sometimes they just aren’t practical, especially if you aren’t used to wearing them! Don’t worry, there are alternatives: flats! Your wedding dress probably covers your feet anyway, and flats are not only more comfortable, but they come in a variety of styles and colors that can be just as beautiful as heels. When shopping for flats for you and your bridesmaids, you’ll want to choose the right ones. Here’s how to choose the best wedding flats.
What to Look For
As with any pair of wedding shoes, there are certain things you should consider when searching for the perfect pair. What color do you want them to be? Do you want a designer brand? Are you searching for comfort over style? Will they fit your wedding’s theme and your personality? What is your total budget for your wedding shoes? These are questions you will need to ask yourself before you start shopping. Prioritize your needs and keep them in mind as you browse. Typically, brides who choose flats for their wedding days are most interested in comfort, followed by style. There are so many options out there that having these factors in mind will help you choose your dream shoes.
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Colors and Styles
Do your wedding shoes need to be white? Absolutely not! In fact, your shoes are a great place for you to incorporate your something blue, or any of your favorite colors to match your wedding’s overall theme. You can also use color to represent the time of year. For example, yellow flats would look great in a spring or summer wedding, as well as other pastel-colored flats. Dark and earthy tones such as burgundy, brown and navy blue would be great choices for a fall wedding. Also remember that the term “flats” doesn’t have to refer to ballet flats. Your wedding flats can be a variety of styles, from pretty sandals to comfy Converse sneakers. Choose a pair that truly reflects your style and personality and will also go well with your wedding’s theme. For example, if you’re having a beach wedding, sandals would be a great option. If you’re always wearing sneakers, consider getting a pair of special Converse for your wedding day. Find a pair that speaks to you and matches your personality and style.
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There are so many brands, styles and colors you can choose from when it comes to wedding flats. We’ve selected a few of our favorites for each type of flat for your inspiration.
The traditional type of flat-heeled shoes that embodies elegance, romance and classiness, the ballet flat comes in many different colors, fabrics and styles to fit any bride’s personality. Ballet flats are also a great option for bridesmaids and mothers of the bride, as their dresses tend to be shorter and thus show off their shoes more. There are plenty of different features, such as bows, buckles, jewels, rhinestones and more.
Jimmy Choo Alina Flats – $850
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Steve Madden Elizza Flats – $79.95
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If you’re the type of woman who lives in her favorite pair of sneakers, why not wear sneakers on your wedding day too? They’ll definitely be comfortable for walking down the aisle and dancing the night away! You can order custom pairs of your favorite Converse, Vans, Nikes or any other brand to match your wedding’s color scheme. You can even have a bedazzled pair that will sparkle every time you take a step.
Toms Crochet Classics – $59
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Vans Shimmer Authentic – $55
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Do you want to show off your gorgeous pedicure? Then an open-toed pair of flats is the right choice for you! Perfect for both backyard weddings and indoor receptions, peep toe flats are stylish and look great with your toes peeking out underneath your wedding gown.
Benjamin Adams Halle – $299
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Dessy Satin Peep Toe Ballet Flats – $32
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Whether you’re having a beach wedding or you like the freedom of being able to wiggle your toes, sandals can be a beautiful addition to your wedding day attire. There’s a lot of different styles that are trendy and fashionable, and comfortable too!
Badgley Mischka Maycee – $99
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Valentino Rockstud Ankle-Strap Sandal – $845
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Rustic weddings and barn weddings aren’t complete without a pair of cowboy boots. If your wedding day forecast has a chance of showers, rain boots have been a cute addition to wedding day attire as well. Bridesmaids and brides alike have been embracing this trend thanks to how comfortable and adorable boots are.
Frye Bruce Pull On – $298
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Hunter Tall Gloss Rain Boots – $148
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Ok, so wedges aren’t technically flats, but they’re far more comfortable and easier to walk in than the stiletto high heel. They come in plenty of cute styles reminiscent of both springtime brunches and nights out on the town. Wedges are an excellent compromise for brides and bridesmaids seeking comfortable shoes with height.
Kate Spade Radiant Wedges – $350
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Christian Louboutin Wedgy Lady – $645
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As you can see, there is a seemingly endless number of options when it comes to choosing your wedding flats. Whether you choose to go the stylish designer route or the comfortable practical route, there’s plenty of styles, colors, fabrics and details that will make your feet look great on your wedding day. The best part about your wedding shoes is that you’ll be able to wear them again and again after the big day, so don’t be afraid to splurge a little bit on the perfect pair!