Shoes and weddings have an unhealthy relationship. By the end of the reception, most women’s shoes have been kicked to the curb, their owners left with filthy, painful, bare feet.
It doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to wear stilettos, or other shoes that cause twisted ankles and blisters, in order to be a well-dressed wedding guest. Arguably, you will be better-dressed in one of these low-heeled designs because you won’t be unshod before the night is through.
And the extra bonus with this list is that each of these brands incorporates significant sustainability efforts, whether it’s fair labor practices, soles made from recycled tires, vegetable-tanned leathers, upcycled materials, or minimal packaging. Shop the styles below to complete a guilt-free, pain-free wedding guest outfit.
Beklina Gathered Sandal Marni Plate Print, $220 (get an extra 20% off with code SUMMER22)
The chunky, low heel on these beauties is practical, but the fanciful print will take any outfit to the next level. It’s the perfect balance between staying chic and still being able to walk at the end of the night.
A kitten heel is the perfect way to feel dressed-up and feminine but still be able to walk and dance the night away. The dark yellow fabric lends an earthy vibe to a minimalist silhouette.
Raffia might not be the dressiest of materials in a shoe, but the fringe decorating the strap across the front gives them a fancy vibe. And even better, the low wedge heel will give you a little height without injuring your toes.
You can’t go wrong with flats when it comes to comfort. And these are minimalist and fashionable enough to accompany any summer wedding guest dress. They’re a great choice if your dress is extra bold, colorful or patterned.
D’Arçé Hastings Sandals, $185
One way to make flats feel special is to make them simmer. These are extra special with silver and gold crisscross straps. The added interest makes these leather sandals special enough for the fanciest wedding.