Hate Wearing Heels? Alternative Wedding Shoes That Will Impress Without The Fuss

These days, it is mostly women whose high heels you hear tapping down the street, but it wasn't always that way. High heels actually date back to the 15th century: Persian soldiers would wear shoes with an elevated heel to secure their feet into stirrups when they rode horses. Later, King Louis XIV and his circle of aristocrats wore heels because they enjoyed the extra height — and didn't mind how it made their calves look, either. The heels we know today weren't created until 1950, almost exclusively marketed towards women. According to The Guardian, designer Christian Louboutin once said about the iconic shoe, "Heels slow a woman down, giving the man more time to look at her." While many modern women still enjoy the look and feel of a powerful high heel, others disagree with the designer's words, and have opted out of the heel wearing trend.

Whether you're taking a stand against the male gaze, or you simply want to spare your feet from the inevitable next-day soreness, there are plenty of reasons to stop wearing high heels. But when it comes to your wedding day, it can be tough to find bride-worthy shoes without the extra boost in the heel. For our brides that are looking for a high-heel alternative as they walk down the aisle, we found eight stunning shoes that are fit for any bride — and comfy enough to dance the night away.

Lace ballet flats

When you're looking for a level-soled shoe that doesn't sacrifice style, look no further than these adorable ballerina flats. Bridal shoe retailer @shop.kaileep posted a gorgeous pair of lace ballet flats to their Instagram page that give off all the bridal vibes without the next-day blisters. The dainty lace detailing will pair beautifully with any bridal ensemble, and the romantic ribbons with pearl accents on the ankle straps will make any bride-to-be feel like a proper ballerina. 

Bedazzled slides

If you're the type of bride that believes sandals are a year-round shoe, this pair of designer slides are perfect for your big day. Shoe designer Marion Parke posted their chic bridal sandals on their Instagram with the caption, "Because flats can be uncomfortable, too." The cream-colored shoe features a crystal buckle fastener that will compliment even the most intricate of wedding dresses. These bridal slides are perfect for garden venues, ceremonies on the beach, or even a fun reception shoe to change into before you hit the dance floor. 

Blue pointed-toe flats

If you're a bride looking for a pop of color, consider these stunning blue pointed-toe flats. This pair of bridal shoes is another favorite of ours posted on Instagram by @shop.kaileep. From the bright cobalt blue hue to the jeweled toe detailing, these shoes will definitely be your "something blue". And if you're a "Sex and the City" fan, these totally remind us of Carrie Bradshaw's iconic blue Manolo Blahnik heels, without the painful stiletto or the hefty price tag! 

Floral strappy sandals

If you're a summer bride looking for the perfect no-heel bridal shoes, you definitely should be considering a floral strappy sandal. Designer @greekchichandmades shared their dainty shoe creation on Instagram, complete with elegant white florals and subtle pearl detailing. The combination of white and nude straps make this simple sandal design totally unique, giving us all the boho vibes. If you're looking to channel your inner flower child on your wedding day, these shoes are for you. 

Bedazzled cowgirl boots

Saddle up for your wedding day with a pair of trendy cowgirl boots! Whether you're a horse girl at heart or you're channeling the rustic barn wedding of your dreams, these rustic bedazzled cowgirl boots will be the star of your wedding day outfit. Instagram user @elpotrillowesternwear shared a photo of a gorgeous bride wearing their country-inspired creation, complete with  rhinestone detailing that compliments the lace detailing in her dress. Channel your country roots while expressing your personal style with these custom bridal cowgirl boots. 

Matching Converse

In the words of Demi Lovato, "Who says I can't wear my converse with my dress?" For our alternative brides, consider a pair of bright Converse. Choose between high top or Chuck Taylor style, whichever is most comfortable for you! You and your spouse can both rock the skater look — Instagram user @yourweddingliveuk shared a photo of a bride and groom posing with their adorable matching Converse styles. Wear your wedding shoes over and over again with these trendy street shoes. 

Sparkly Keds

If Converse are a bit too casual for you, but you still want the comfort of a street shoe on your wedding day, consider these sparkly Keds. Simply Stunning Bridal Boutique shared a photo to their Instagram of a bride rocking the eye catching shoes. The sparkling white shoes are laced up with elegant cream colored ribbon with gold finishes. No matter what vibe you're going for on your wedding day, these comfortable sneakers are a great option.

Or ditch the soles altogether!

If the thought of any shoes on your wedding day makes you uncomfortable, consider a no-sole bridal shoe. Instagram user @foreverinadaywedding shared their unique wedding shoe alternative with the caption, "You'd definitely need to have the perfect pedicure to pull this off though ladies!" They aren't wrong about that wedding day pedi; these shoe-like accessories show off your whole foot, attaching only to the ankle and index toe. Feel the sand between your toes or the petals beneath your feet as you walk down the aisle with these bejeweled "shoes"!