12 most comfortable wedding guest shoes - the styles that will keep you dancing long after the ceremony

Wondering how to style your wedding guest dress? Our fashion expert has found footwear options ranging from block heels to the platforms that feel like flats

Three models wearing comfortable wedding guest shoes
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Finding comfortable wedding guest shoes is not an easy task, and it's something I'm often asked about as a fashion editor. Weddings are the biggest dates of the year in your diary, however most last a full day and long into the night, and will likely involve a fair bit of walking - and dancing!

You may well have chosen your favourite from our list of best wedding guest dresses, but now you need to know how to accessorise. A simple clutch bag usually does the trick, but when it comes to comfortable wedding guest shoes, there's a lot more than just colour to think about. For more casual weddings, you might be able to get away with them, but for the majority of big days your best white trainers just won't cut it.

Comfortable heels sounds like an oxymoron, right? But with all the technology brands have at their fingertips nowadays (or should that be toes?) it's possible to find shoes that will give you height but you won't find yourself counting down the seconds until you can take them off. And the best bit is they'll last you far beyond the big day, becoming a key part of your capsule wardrobe.

The woman&home fashion team certainly agrees. Writer Molly Smith says: "when it comes to choosing wedding shoes, comfort is a huge priority. As someone who doesn’t wear heels day-to-day, I tend to opt for either wedges, block heels, or kitten heels to ensure maximum support. There are also plenty of stylish options! So if you aren’t used to walking in heels, either go low with a strappy kitten heel or a mid-height block heel - practical and pretty choices that won’t leave your feet in bits!"

Somehow I used to be able to wear heels for a full day of work, but nowadays I'm a bit kinder to myself. Nobody wants to be staggering home after a magical wedding, barely able to walk; you want to breeze home looking just as radiant as you did when you arrived. So with that in mind, we've hit the virtual high street to find some shoes - both heels and flats - that should be on your list of contenders.

The most comfortable wedding guest shoes - as chosen by our fashion editor

High heels

Mid and low heels

Fancy flats

What shoes are most comfortable to wear for a wedding?

We spoke to style editor Matilda Stanley, who told us "It's worth planning your shoes wisely if you have a big day in the diary. A wedding involves a lot of walking, standing and dancing so you want a pair of shoes that will stay as comfortable as possible and take you from the ceremony to the dance floor without any ouch moments!

"Block heels are always a safe bet as they will support your feet better than a skinny stiletto, and if you want plenty of height you could opt for a 70's style platform. A playful pair of platforms that will add inches while keeping your foot at a comfier angle to put less pressure on your soles."

Can you wear white shoes to a wedding?

While white is generally out of the question for dresses, there's absolutely no reason you can't wear white on your feet! Nobody will mistake you for the bride if you're wearing a printed or block colour dress with a pair of white shoes so you can wear them without fearing a faux pas. Comfort is more important than colour!

Is it ok to wear flats to a wedding?

Matilda gave us her opinion on this: "Absolutely! I'm a firm believer that you don't need a sky-high pair of heels to finish an outfit. Flats can look just as chic and will definitely be more comfortable for a whole day and night spent at a wedding.

"The key is to go for a pretty and elegant style of flat rather than anything too chunky. Avoid heavy loafers or brogues and opt for a fuss free ballet pump or a classic Mary Jane that will feel special for a day of celebration and romance. When it comes to a colour, I'd always opt for a soft neutral or a shiny metallic that will work well with pretty much any outfit nicely. Comfy flats are perfect for wearing with jeans and a t-shirt the next day too, which makes them ideal if you're going away for a wedding and worried about suitcase space!

Should shoes and bags match for wedding guests?

Whilst it's tempting to co-ordinate your wedding accessories, personally I like to steer clear of being too matchy matchy. Although if the dress code includes a hat, it's a good idea to stick to similar tones to avoid looking mismatched.

Matilda Stanley
Matilda Stanley

Matilda Stanley is a freelance style editor covering all things fashion, beauty and interiors. She writes and styles for both print and online and covers everything from the latest catwalk trends to bargain skincare buys. With over fifteen years of experience in the industry, Matilda has worked on TV shows including 'Gok's Fashion Fix' and written and styled for publications including Closer, Heat, Bella, Look, Woman, Good Housekeeping, Now, and The Daily Mail.

Molly Smith
Molly Smith

Molly is a fashion writer for woman&home, whose journalistic career began with her enthusiasm for fashion. Having always been an avid writer, she has contributed to publications covering a variety of topics.

After graduating from her master's in Fashion History and Cultures, she transitioned to teaching at London College of Fashion, where she taught in fashion studies. Now, passionate about writing on the significance of fashion, she is dedicated to inspiring others through the power of dress.

Molly loves staying in the know with the latest fashion trends, and following celebrities for inspiration. Outside of work, she enjoys browsing vintage markets, reading a good novel, or trying new restaurants around London.

Caroline Parr
Digital Fashion Editor

Caroline is Digital Fashion Editor for woman&home, and has been a fashion writer and editor for ten years.

After graduating from the London College of Fashion, she has spent the last decade tracking down and writing about celebrity outfits, covering events ranging from the Met Gala to the King’s Coronation.

She has an encyclopedic knowledge of brands, but always likes to know about new and under the radar labels. She’s originally from Liverpool, and outside of work, her great loves are leopard print and her lively but adorable cocker spaniel, Ghillie.