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.
NATURALIZER True Colors Vera Ankle Strap Sandal
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.
Price at time of publish: $110
Loeffler Randall Camellia Blue Pleated Bow Heel with Ankle Strap
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.
Price at time of publish: $395
NATURALIZER Anna Pointed Toe Pump
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.
Price at time of publish: $120
Best Color Variety
Marc Fisher LTD Zala Block Heel Pump
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.
Price at time of publish: $160
Best Block Heel Sandal
Journee Collection Lirryc 2 Sandal
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.
Price at time of publish: $80
NATURALIZER Lesley Dress Flat
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.
Price at time of publish: $120
Birdy Grey Natalie Chunky Heel
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.
Price at time of publish: $49
Best Dress Sandals
Naturalizer Vanessa Strappy Crystal Detail Block Heel
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.
Price at time of publish: $100
Best Pointed Toe Pump
Sam Edelman Viv d'Orsay Pointed Toe Pump
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.
Price at time of publish: $140
Bella Belle Evelyn Nude Heels
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.
Price at time of publish: $419
Best Embellished Flats
Birdies The Swan Snow Crystal Bracelet
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.
Price at time of publish: $165
Best Strappy Sandals
Porte & Paire Woven Leather Sandals
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.
Price at time of publish: $295
Blue by Betsey Johnson Mari Dress Sandals
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.
Price at time of publish: $109
Best Flat Sandals
Bella Belle Luna Sandals
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.
Price at time of publish: $195
Jimmy Choo Romy 85
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.
Price at time of publish: $775
Best Kitten Heels
Antonio Melani Ellen Leather Pointed Toe Pumps
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.
Price at time of publish: $98
Best Mule Style
Aerosoles Entree Shoe
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.
Price at time of publish: $99
Seychelles Tender Heeled Sandal
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.
Price at time of publish: $129
Stuart Weitzman Nearlynude Strap Sandal
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.
Price at time of publish: $495
Kelly & Katie Himesta Wedge Sandal
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.
Price at time of publish: $70
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.
What type of bridesmaid shoes are most comfortable?
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.
How do you know if your bridesmaid shoes will be pain free?
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.
Why Trust Us
Contributing writer Jessica Booth is a freelance writer and formerly served as an editor for seven years. Her work has been featured in Bustle, Insider, Redbook, and Refinery29.