The best bridal sneakers and flats

Megan Oster

For the most comfort, look for bridal sneakers or flats with arch support, width support and insole padding.

Not every bride wants to wear formal high-heeled shoes on their wedding day. Fortunately, you’re not limited to only heeled shoes — you have a world of choices at your fingertips, including bridal sneakers and flats. But while the aesthetic may differ from that of high-heeled shoes, the factors you should consider remain the same.

The Blue by Betsey Johnson Jude Evening Flats deliver on sparkle due to all-over rhinestone embellishments and are available in a versatile champagne color. Buyers say the shoes are even prettier in person than they are online. 

What to know before you buy bridal sneakers and flats

Buy your bridal sneakers or flats after you choose your attire

Whether you’re wearing a wedding dress or other attire, make sure you confirm your outfit before deciding on bridal sneakers or flats. Typically, the clothing you wear is the centerpiece of your bridal ensemble, and elements like shoes complement it. 

Shop with your wedding venue in mind

Sneakers are a breeze to wear in nearly every setting, but if you’re shopping for flats, you should make the wedding venue one of your criteria. You won’t have to worry about getting your flats stuck in the mud or sand of an outdoor venue (although flats and sneakers will get dirtier easier since they’re flat), but you should be mindful of the potential to trip over uneven ground. Make sure you’re steady on your feet in the shoes. 

Prioritize comfort above all else

Your wedding festivities take place on a joyous, but long, day. And as the bride, you’ll spend hours on your feet: during the ceremony, taking pictures and mingling at the reception. 

Details you should look for when shopping for bridal sneakers or flats include arch support, width support and insole padding – these features will help keep your feet ache- and pain-free. And you should always break in your shoes by wearing them around the house to confirm that you can wear them for an extended period of time without pain. 

Bridal sneakers and flats features

Bridal sneakers and flats toe shape

While bridal sneakers tend to come in one toe shape — round — you’ll have several different options if you’re going to wear flats. Toe shapes for flats include round, pointed and almond. Make sure that your feet will be comfortable in the toe shape you choose. Remember, you’ll be on your feet most of the day. 

Bridal sneakers and flats silhouette

The silhouette of a shoe is its shape and profile. Examples of shoe silhouettes include ballet, mule and gladiator. Ballet is a common silhouette found in flats, but it’s far from your only option. Depending on your bridal aesthetic, a formal or casual aesthetic might be a better option for you. 

Bridal sneakers and flats design details

Design details include accents that decorate the sneakers or flats. You might fancy sneakers dipped in glitter or flats finished with lace. The design details are entirely up to you. 

Bridal sneakers and flats cost 

You can expect to pay less for bridal sneakers and flats than you would for other types of evening shoes. They tend to run from $50-$100, although some designer pairs can cost upward of $150. 

Bridal sneakers and flats FAQ

Are bridal sneakers and flats appropriate for your wedding day?

A. You make the call when it comes to your bridal ensemble. This is your big day and your future spouse’s big day. If you prefer a casual or more understated look, that’s the only factor that matters. And think of it this way: your shoes will be unique compared to other brides. 

Do your bridal sneakers or flats have to be ivory, cream or white?

A. Similar to the type of shoe, you’re free to get as creative with color as you like. Stick with a neutral shade or add a pop of color to your wedding ensemble. You can even wear sneakers or flats with a design if that suits your fancy. 

Which bridal sneakers and flats should you get?

Best of the best bridal sneakers and flats

Blue by Betsey Johnson Jude Evening Flats: available at Macy’s

Our take: Embellished in crystals for ample sparkle and available in a versatile champagne color, these bridal flats are a great pick for nearly any wedding dress. 

What we like: The pointed toe and ballet flat silhouette of these evening flats give them a timeless look. Decorated with an all-over rhinestone finish, these shoes are worthy of the most formal wedding dresses. They’ll also complement many different bridal aesthetics. Buyers were enthused that the flats were even prettier in person than online. 

What we dislike: A smattering of buyers found the shoes uncomfortable, saying they were stiff and ran small. 

Best bang for your buck bridal sneakers and flats

Style & Co Angelynn Flats: available at Macy’s

Our take: These round, closed-toe flats glitter with rhinestone accents and will take you from the wedding ceremony to the reception in style and comfort. 

What we like: Available in medium and wide sizes, the Angelynn Flats offer a nice variety of sizing options. They’re sprinkled with rhinestone details that’ll infuse your look with subtle sparkle. A fabric band around the top of the shoes balances out the wattage and makes these flats a pair you can wear for other occasions, as well. 

What we dislike: Some dissatisfied buyers reported these shoes run large, while others felt they were uncomfortable. One comfort issue cited was a lack of sufficient support in the footbed. 

Honorable mention bridal sneakers and flats

Keds Champion Kate Spade Glitter Sneaker: available at Amazon

Our take: These glitter sneakers are a great option to consider if you prefer a more casual, but still pretty, look for your big day. 

What we like: Designed with a canvas upper decked out with crushed glitter and tonal ribbon lacings, these feminine sneakers will make you shine. A retro-inspired racing stripe completes the standout style. The textured rubber outsole will ensure you’re steady on your feet and the cushioned insole will cradle your feet for hours. 

What we dislike: A handful of buyers said they received two different-sized shoes and others found the shoes uncomfortable and stiff. 

Megan Oster is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money.

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