Here are a few options for those of us who need arch support, padded footbeds, and a little more love for our toes. Obviously, you know your special foot needs best and I'm certainly not saying every one of these styles will work for every foot… but these brands all have a solid commitment to comfort, stability, and support.
This is Offbeat Bride's archive of flats posts.
I steadfastly believe that the higher-heeled types shouldn't get all the fun, so today I'm going to round up a collection of 46 pairs of flats that are loud and daring — just like I like 'em. Ready for some shoes that won't make you tower over your partner or hobble through your reception? I've got everything from pointy-toed frilly stuff for the femmey-footed, to adorable color-block Oxfords, to sweet love-note themed shoes… all with almost no heel height, for your wedding day comfort.
Show of hands, here: who's planning a beach wedding? Or having a casual wedding in their backyard? Or who isn't getting married at all and is just lurking looking for cute shoes to wear this summer? (My fellow not-engaged shoe fiends, I know you're out there. Lurking. Watching. Waiting. Breathing heavily.)
Well, for all y'all, today is a good one because we're going to digitally fondle some sandal-type footwear.
It's been a hot minute (drab minute? matte minute?) since I set my sights on sparkly, glitter-crusted shoes, so let's right that wrong! Today I want shoes that turn your feet into spinning disco balls — but shoes that are also low-heeled enough to dance in. I want shoes that wink under your dress while not quietly murdering your feet, so I'm going to focus on heel heights under about 2".
This is perhaps a weirdly specific shoe post, even by my weirdly specific standards.
Today I want to talk about scalloping.
…Right? It's a strangely tiny thing to focus on, but I'm noticing an increase in shoes with little rounded edges and detailing. Inspired by these shoes, I feel like this is a nice little break from all the chevron patterns that have been so prevalent the last couple years. Nice round little curves… let's do this!
Maybe you're planning a wedding with some Neo-Victorian elements? Or a dark rockabilly wedding? Or a ruffled noire antique goth wedding? Whatever the inspiration, you're going dark, and you're looking for some black shoes with a hint of frill for a taste of sinister to go with a day of joy. I gotchoo, friends, with this collection of black shoes with bows of various sorts — peep-toed heels with retro bows on the front, flats for the darkly dapper, and a few randoms to keep you on your toes.
Can we talk about coral? It's not quite orange, but not quite pink. It's definitely brighter than peach, and it complements teal perfectly if you're into that kind of thing. It's also the color that I'm single-mindedly fixating on today, with a whole post full of pumps, flats, and the most adorably dapper coral nubuck oxfords. Interestingly, several of these shoes also involve skulls in various ways… I love it when macabre details show up in unexpected places.
Of course comfort is all in the eye (or foot) of the beholder, but today I want to focus on wedding shoes that are built to be sturdy and well-supported. This means no sky-high pumps AND no flimsy flats. I know lots of you love Converse and Toms, but I find their arch support lacking so I'mma focus on shoes that are a bit more structured. Interestingly, most of these are red and white. I swear I didn't plan it that way!
You know how I wore those 4-inch pumps last weekend? Yeah, I still can't totally feel two of my toes. Those shoes were so cute, but fuck you guys: TOO TALL! I heard from one Offbeat Bride who said that she wore heels on her wedding day and couldn't feel a couple of her toes until she got back from the honeymoon. NooOoOooo, friends! Noooo! Save the toes!
In the spirit of non-numb toes, this week I'm going to focus on low-heeled shoes. A few flats, but mostly low heels with nothing over 2" high. Enough to get a little lift, but not so much that you can't feel your toes. Join me?
I know many of you are considering going for a vintage tone for your wedding, so I'm going to do one of those shoe posts where I step away from my beloved rainbow platforms and multi-colored ridiculousness and go for a more classic, vintage vibe. Most of these are from Ruche, which tends to focus on not only vintage styles, but also really low prices — most of these are under $100. (Oh but PS: of course I'm back to my old tricks with the bonus shoe. You know how it goes.)
It's been a while since I did a shoe post for mah ladies who wear larger-sized shoes (did you know we have an entire archive?), so those of us who are over a size 10, let's gather around the screen and enjoy some sweet-ass bridal footwear that actually fits your sweet-ass feet. Most of these are from Barefoot Tess, and most of them are available up to a size 15.