Negotiating with vendors, finalizing your guest list, making a budget (and actually sticking to it). There are plenty of things to stress about when planning a wedding. The one thing youdon’t want to have to worry about? Walking down the aisle and realizing your to-die-for wedding shoes are giving you a painful blister.
Believe it or not, it is possible to score stylish wedding shoes that won’t kill your feet. Whether you’re planning on sporting heels or flats on the big day, the key is to look for feet-saving details as you shop. We asked podiatrists in previous interviews with Health to share some of their best tips for finding comfortable shoes: New York City-based podiatrist Jacqueline Sutera told us to look for a cushioned footbed; New York City-based podiatrist Hillary Brenner recommended plenty of supportive straps; and Washington, DC-based podiatrist Howard Osterman suggested cushioned forefoots and a sensible heel (think: not too high or too skinny).
Here, 12 swoon-worthy wedding shoes that incorporate some of these podiatrist-recommended details—and will keep you blissfully blister-free from the ceremony to the after party.
Kate Spade New York Iris Ruffle Sandal
It doesn’t get much more “bridal” than these Kate Spade beauties, which have off-white lace and a trendy (but not over-the-top) ruffled heel. Thanks to the adjustable ankle strap and cushioned footbed, they’ll keep your feet happy, too.
To buy: $328; nordstrom.com
Nine West Andrea
Let your shoes be your “something blue.” Bonus: A chunky heel and wraparound ankle straps mean your first dance will be a breeze.
To buy: $90; zappos.com
Loeffler Randall Starla Star-Detail Leather Lace-Up Sandals
These star-studded Loeffler Randall sandals should be on the wish list for any bride having a beach wedding. Not only do they have a comfortable rubber sole and wraparound ties to keep feet snug, but you can also pack them for your honeymoon.
To buy: $195; saksfifthavenue.com
Blue by Betsey Johnson Jayce
Block heels are in right now, which is great news for brides—a more substantial heel means there’s less risk of wobbling on the dance floor. We love that this silver pair from Blue by Betsey Johnson is sensible yet sparkly.
To buy: $100; zappos.com
HITCHED by Yosi Samra Serena Glitter Flats
A soft elastic top on these sparkly Yosi flats means no hard edges rubbing into your skin (and no hidden Band-Aids).
To buy: $106; shopbop.com
Stuart Weitzman ‘Nearlynude/Simple’ Ankle Strap Sandal
They’re not cheap, but these Stuart Weitzman stunners are worth the splurge. They come in four wedding-ready metallic hues, including palegold glass (pictured), pewter glass, tin glass, and beige glass. The 2 3/4-inch heel will give you a lift without throwing you off balance.
To buy: $400; nordstrom.com
Imagine by Vince Camuto ‘Phoebe’ Embellished T-Strap Sandal
The T-strap on these elegant white satin sandals will help prevent slipping. And while the heel is on the skinnier side, it’s not quite as high as it looks, making these a good choice for the bride who wants the look of a heel without lots of extra height.
To buy: $160; nordstrom.com
Shoes of Prey Almond Toe Ballet Flat
With pretty blush suede, sleek silhouette, and a toebox that’s not too narrow (in other words, no squished toes), this might just be the perfect bridal ballet flat. The only caveat: Purchase with plenty of time to spare, since each pair is made to order and can take a few weeks to land on your doorstep.
To buy: $140; nordstrom.com
BHLDN Sonrisa Espadrilles
When it comes to comfortable heels, it doesn’t get much better than a wedge. These espadrilles—from Anthropologie’s bridal boutique BHLDN—have lovely details like metallic lace and wraparound grosgrain ribbon.
To buy: $100; bhldn.com
TOMS Ivory Silver Floral Jacquard Women’s Classics
This popular style recently came back in stock. Brides love the ivory floral deisgn, molded insole, and comfortable fit of these TOMS.
To buy: $60; toms.com
Blue by Betsey Johnson Willa
A low stacked heel, adjustable ankle straps, and cushioned footbed give these on-trend flats serious comfort points.
To buy: $100; zappos.com
Superga Lace Hi-Top Sneaker
Because it’s your wedding and you can wear sneakers if you want to.
To buy: $50; hsn.com
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