Wedding Ballet Flats
Walkable, danceable kicks bundle comfort with style
Wedding ballet flats are unbeatable if comfort is a priority on your big day. You can wear heels for the ceremony, then slip into these gorgeous flats for the reception. Or you can choose all-day comfort and just wear ballet flats from start to finish. Wedding flats are so lovely now; who would blame you?
Some brides -- for budgetary, eco-conscious or other reasons -- hope to wear their wedding shoes again after the big day, or pass them on to a friend, sister or daughter someday. But receptions can be messy, and it's challenging to avoid spots or at least some dinginess on a pair of gleaming white satin kicks by the end of a lively party. If you choose a satin or other fabric type style, it could conceivably be dyed afterward by an experienced cobbler. Or to keep things white, try carefully spot-treating with Oxyclean and a bit of water, preferably using a hairdryer set on low heat afterward to prevent the water from permanently spotting your shoes.
Whether you're shopping for just one day or hoping for a (shoe) life beyond the wedding, here's a handpicked list of beautiful styles in colors from traditional to more daring. Happy hunting, and congratulations!
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white / ivory / pearl
This is a regal looking ballerina flat for the bride. While a Badgley Mischka gown might not fit most budgets, the label's shoes bring the same glamor at a more attainable price point.
The Betsey Johnson Dance Flat comes in silver or "Tiffany blue" as well as ivory -- and all 3 shades have soles in that pretty blue hue. (Hence the name of this bridal footwear line, Betsey Johnson Blue?)
The Brianna Leigh Flower has a soft floral detail at the toe, in white or ivory.
Finally, this very affordable style comes in ivory or gold with a gently pointed toe. It does run small, so choose your size accordingly.
blush / nude
Among other colors, this one also comes in a white eyelet that would be adorable for a summer wedding. Or if you're passionate about purple, the "grape" could be fun underneath a sweeping bridal gown.
gold / silver
This one comes in gold, too, and boasts major sparkle factor.
Also from Kenneth Cole, see the Slip On By in pewter.
Three winning styles to look up from Kate Spade: The Gerona and the Grenadine both come in a lovely rose-gold hue and feature a leg-elongating pointed toe, while the Bernice is as girly as it gets, in ivory satin with a silvery bow print.
The Badgley Mischka Ballie is a classy "platino" (soft metallic gold) suede option.
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pink / rose
The blue satin version of this shoe is also really cute.
Which brings us to...
These rhinestone-detailed beauties run small, so size up. Besides this true blue, they also come in champagne, ivory and white.
Any of these wedding ballet flats have your name on them? Which ones?