The funny thing about tradition is how easy (and satisfying) it can be to break it. Take, for example, bridal footwear. If you're newly engaged and are on the hunt for shoes to wear on your wedding day, you've probably searched for white pumps or strappy sandals. But what about flats? Just because heels are expected doesn't mean they're necessary. In fact, a stylish pair of white flats, like mules and ballet slippers, can make even more of a statement than your standard stiletto.
Alternatively, if you have your mind made up and want to wear heels during the ceremony, you might want to consider switching into flats for the reception. After all, walking around to greet guests, whilst also dancing, calls for comfortable footwear.
Of course, finding your dream wedding shoe is easier said than done. To help, we've researched the best options on the market, keeping comfort, style, and overall quality in mind. For something simple yet chic, you can't go wrong with the Rodger Vivier Trompette Dorsay Metal Buckle Ballerinas. Are you a big fan of embellishments? You'll love the David's Bridal Crochet Ballet Flats and the Badgley Mischka Karine Pointed Toe Flat.
Read on for the best wedding flats for every bridal style and budget.
For a Hint of Hardware
Roger Vivier Trompette Dorsay Metal Buckle Ballerinas
The d’Orsay silhouette combined with Roger Vivier’s signature square hardware makes these white flats a chic pick for your wedding day.
Price at time of publish: $850
For the Romantic Bride
Sleeper Mille-feuille Silk Flats in White
For an extra touch of romanticism on your big day, these silk ballet flats from Sleeper are the perfect addition.
Price at time of publish: $290
Margaux The Pointe Shoe
Behold, the quintessential pointed-toe flat does exist. There’s no going wrong with a pair of classic ballerinas, especially when they come with a bow on top.
Price at time of publish: $305
For Something Blue
Aminh Abdul Jillil Bow Flat Blue
These flats from Aminh Abdul Jillil will stun guests on your big day. They also come in additional colors if you've already secured your "something blue."
Price at time of publish: $425
For the Classic Bride
Gianvito Rossi Patent Ribbon Medallion Ankle-Strap Ballerina Flats
The beautiful patent napa leather, round-toe design, and adjustable ankle strap with a ribbon logo medallion make this a classic choice that's equally as stylish as it is comfortable.
David's Bridal Crochet Ballet Flats
Romantic, sweet, and perfect for a garden ceremony–we can't get over this stunning pair from David's Bridal. The stunning crochet detail and comfortable fit make these both stylish and practical.
Price at time of publish: $30
Best Ballerina Style
The Row Satin Ballerina Flats
Dance down the aisle in these classic ballerina flats, designed in a gorgeous satin fabric that goes with any style of wedding dress. Pair it underneath your ballgown or with a simple slip dress.
Price at time of publish: $790
Most Stylish Slingback
Prada Bow-Embellished Slingback Textured-Leather Flats
Prada’s bow motif and supportive slingback silhouette come together for a truly versatile flat. It's the perfect pairing with a minimal slip bridal dress.
Price at time of publish: $690
Flattered Polly Leather Ballet Flats
The knot on top of these off-white flats feels artful and elegant. These shoes are lovely for a bride looking to keep adornment details to a minimum.
For the Modern Bride
Cult Gaia Alia Ball Heel Mules
How stunning are these Cult Gaia mules? With intricate detailing and an ultra-unique round heel, these shoes are a true work of art.
Price at time of publish: $398
Best Scalloped Topline
Chloe Lauren Scalloped Leather Ballet Flats
There’s something about scalloped edges that feels especially whimsical and fun. This pair would look beautiful with a lace gown on a boho bride.
Price at time of publish: $550
Bella Belle Willow Skimmer Flat
The intricate beading on these romantic flats makes them a suitable choice for a walk down the aisle.
Price at time of publish: $375
Badgley Mischka Karine Pointed Toe Flat
These ankle-strap beaded flats exude romanticism; wear with a silk slip dress for extra impact.
Best Mary Janes
The Row Ava Leather Mary Jane Ballet Flats
For a '60s vibe, don a pair of Mary Janes. Though vintage-reminiscent, these cream flats still feel a touch modern and are the perfect neutral for your wedding day ensemble.
Price at time of publish: $790
For the After Party
Brother Vellies Picnic Shoe in Midnight
Who says you have to wear white shoes? The party doesn't have to end after the reception is over, and these Brother Vellies flats would be a perfect addition to your after-party look.
Price at time of publish: $425
What to Look for When Shopping for Wedding Flats
Comfort and Fit
If you're wearing flats on your wedding day, chances are you prioritize comfort–as you should! So look for styles that are sure to keep you on your feet and dancing the night away. You might consider options made with comfortable materials like satin or styles offering an easy-to-slip-on stretch fit. It's also worth considering shoe options with an ankle strap or laces for added support. We especially love the Sleeper Millie-Feuille Silk Flats.
Style and Aesthetic
Flats are the perfect wedding day footwear because they're both comfortable and stylish! When searching for your perfect bridal flats, keep your wedding gown in mind. Beautifully embellished shoes will complement a beaded ballgown or A-line dress, while simple ballet flats are perfectly suited for a simple slip or more casual midi dress.
You'll also want to consider the overall formality and theme of your wedding. Chic city venues call for patent leather and flashy kicks, while lace designs and mules are great for casual beach ceremonies or rustic barn weddings.
During which part of my wedding can I wear flats?
That's entirely up to the blushing bride! You should wear whatever makes you look and feel your best–and it's your day so you make the rules. Flats are a great choice for the ceremony, reception, after-party, or any event leading up to your wedding.
What dress styles pair best with flats?
If you'd like to wear flats with a floor-length gown, it’s best to go with a pair that has minimal embellishments in order to avoid having your shoes get stuck to the inside of your dress. For those wearing mini or midi dresses, any style should work just fine.
What famous brides have worn flats on their wedding day?
We’re glad you asked! Keira Knightley, Amy Schumer, Serena Williams, and Yoko Ono are among some of our favorite celebrity brides who wore flats on their wedding days.
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