Your upcoming nuptials are sure to present the most magical and romantic day of your life. But in case you haven't been warned, even the most low-key wedding days are long and exhausting. While it's undoubtedly a day you'll remember forever, you don't want it to go down as the day you lost all feeling in your feet.
Whether you're going with a three-day event or an intimate courthouse wedding, standing through the ceremony, posing for photos, and swaying through your first dance will wreak havoc on your feet. Rather than invest in a pair of high heels you'll barely be able to get through the day in, opt for a shorter heel that's comfortable and doesn't skimp on an ounce of style.
Read on for the best wedding shoes with a low heel that will make your wedding as enjoyable (and comfortable) as possible.
Most Comfortable: Margaux The Uptown Sandal
The quintessential satin bridal sandal goes comfy with a chunky heel, cushioned insole, and perfectly placed ankle strap (complete with a blingy buckle).
Price at time of publish: $345
For the Fashion Girl: Cult Gaia Gigi PVC Mules
Cult Gaia has become the go-to accessory brand for "it girls" everywhere. This clear PVC mule, featuring two gold-tone pebbles as a heel, is the epitome of a fashion girl's wedding shoe.
Price at time of publish: $400
Most Versatile: Raye Syrah Heel
We know you're shopping specifically for wedding shoes, but there's no reason you can't wear them far past the honeymoon. These white strappy sandals, with a block heel, will look darling with your wedding dress—and incidentally, they're perfect for summer dresses too.
Price at time of publish: $168 for nude
Best Slingback Style: Christian Louboutin Goya Ruban 80 Chiffon and Satin Pumps
Set on kitten heels, these pointed-toe pumps are an excellent choice for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, wedding day, and beyond. And the best part is they're versatile to boot.
Price at time of publish: $1,095
For a Garden Wedding: Loeffler Randall Dahlia Tan Floral Bow Heel
We love a theme, and these floral-embellished heels are a match made in wedding heaven for a garden setting.
Price at time of publish: $350
Best Wedding Wedge: Badgley Mischka Blakeley Crystal Satin Wedge Sandals
If you want the height without the skinny heel, these satin and jewel-encrusted wedges are your dream wedding day wedge. They pair with everything from a ballgown to a pantsuit, and the best part is you won't need to think twice about your heels sinking into the grass for outdoor wedding ceremonies or photos.
Price at time of publish: $275
For the Classic Bride: Badgley Mischka Betsy Lace Ankle-Tie Kitten Pumps
From the lace to the rhinestone ankle strap to the classic silhouette, this shoe screams traditional bridal heel. Plus, the heel height ensures you'll be able to wear them all day and well into dancing the night away.
Price at time of publish: $225
For the Flirty Bride: Boohoo Feather Strap Low Block Heel
Hike up those hems and step out of those slits because this super flirty feather heel deserves its moment in the spotlight. We can see you floating down the aisle in these fluffy numbers now.
Price at time of publish: $68
For a Cathedral Wedding: Badgley Mischka Women's Remi Almond Toe Rhinestone Ruffle Mid Heel Sandals
Cathedral weddings are all about making an impact from afar, as well as up close. These sculptural rhinestone heels are eye-catching to the fullest, and they can hold their own against even the showiest ballgown.
Price at time of publish: $235
For a Beach Wedding: Jimmy Choo Women's Drive 60 Wedge Heel Sandals
The perfect mix of elegant and beachy, these pearl-encrusted wedges pair beautifully with flowy fabrics and sandy toes.
Price at time of publish: $1,525
Most Unique: Salvatore Ferragamo Women's Slip On High Heel Sandals
These heels are the perfect unique option for the bride who wants to go the nontraditional route—and an interesting shape makes them a style that won't easily be forgotten.
Most Feminine: Seychelles Neve Heels
With the classic silhouette with a slingback strap, a sweet bow, and the satin fabric, these shoes are the definition of traditional femininity.
Price at time of publish: $139
Best Sparkly Style: Valentino Garavani Women's French Bows Rhinestone Kitten Heel Pumps
Like jewelry for your feet, these sparkly crystal-encrusted bowed straps are sure to make you shine all the way down the aisle and into the afterparty. Pair them with a gown for the ceremony and an embellished mini dress for the reception.
Price at time of publish: $3,100
Best Neutral: By Far Tanya Patent-Leather Mules
If you prefer to opt for a neutral heel over the classic white pump, this glossy patent leather mule is the way to go. Cool from the sculptural block heel to the square toe, this style is best paired with tailored pants or slinky slip styles.
Price at time of publish: $375
For a Fairy-Tale Inspired Wedding: Cult Gaia Roxy Faux Pearl-Embellished PVC Pumps
Reminiscent of an actual glass slipper, this clear heel with pearl embellishments is perfect for the IRL Cinderella. Pair it with a ballgown or a slip dress for a look that's equal parts classic and modern.
Price at time of publish: $428
For Your 'Something Blue': Manolo Blahnik Hangisimu 70 Embellished Satin Mules
If you're still searching for your "something blue," why not turn to a blue shoe for your big day? A take on Carrie Bradshaw's iconic wedding heel, this slip-on mule is as iconic as it is wedding-day essential.
Price at time of publish: $1,095
For the Modern Bride: E'Mar Everyday in Almond
As beautiful as architecture, this design features window cutouts that look modern and feel uber cool. We're getting museum wedding vibes from this block-heel design.
Best Closed-Toe Style: Lulus Swayy White Satin Rhinestone Ankle Strap Heels
If you prefer a closed-toe pump, this style has it all. From the sparkly embellishments to the silk-soft satin pointy toe and supportive ankle strap, this pump is a perfect pair for dresses and pant styles alike.
Price at time of publish: $38
Most Affordable: Be Mine Bridal Shiza Slingbacks
Proof that wedding accessories don't need to cost a fortune, these perfectly polished slingbacks with a rhinestone-embellished strap are sure to look like a million bucks on your big day.
Price at time of publish: $52
What to Look For in Low Heel Wedding Shoes
Low heel shoes are a practical choice for brides seeking out wedding shoes that are not only stylish but comfortable, too. What's more, shoes with block, kitten, and wedge heels are designed to be supportive and can easily take you from the ceremony to the after-party. Even better? Other design elements like ankle straps, T-straps, and slingbacks help to keep your foot in place, giving you added support and confidence as you walk down the aisle. Low heels also come in a wide range of colors and silhouettes to suit all dress codes, seasons, and locales. For example, open-toe block heels, wedges, and espadrilles are perfect for nuptials held on sand and grass, while closed-toe kitten heels, low heel slingbacks, and mules feel especially fitting for formal settings.
What style of wedding heel is most common?
There are no rules when it comes to wedding style. While there are endless options to choose from, if you're looking for a low heel, kitten, wedge, and block-style heels are the most common.
What is the most comfortable wedding heel?
Short block heels put less strain on the ball of your foot, making it comfortable. Additionally, ankle straps, T-straps, and slingbacks keep your foot in place, which prevents painful chafing.
Do I have to wear white heels on my wedding day?
Absolutely not! You can go as conservative (with a white or nude heel) or as creative (think: blue, metallic, black, or neon) as you like. If you have a short dress or high slit, your shoe will be more visible, so you might want to opt for a more flashy heel.
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Stephanie Montes is a Los Angeles-based fashion and beauty writer with a decade of experience. Most notably, Stephanie served as the beauty director at Zoe Media Group for three and a half years.