Can I wear flats on my wedding day?

July 10, 2015

We've talked about the trials of perfecting your walk down the aisle in your heels and the long skirt of your wedding dress, but what about if you didn't have to worry about wobbling over or twisting your ankle halfway through the big day?

While high heels may be norm for brides, over the past few years there has been a growing trend of wearing more relaxed, comfortable footwear with your wedding gown. From cowboy boots to retro sneakers, there seems to be no set rules as to how you work your flats into your outfit.

One less thing to worry about

Walking in heels is no picnic. With your body propped up by a tiny surface area, wearing stilettos can change the way you stand, and put extra pressure on your toes. According to the University of Southern California, when you wear high heels, 90 per cent of your weight is transferred to the ball of your foot – requiring a series of posture adjustments to allow you to stay upright as well changing your centre of gravity. 

Even high heel veterans begin to feel the ache after hours on end, meaning that at some point you could find yourself whipping off your shoes and going barefoot anyway.

If you're having a garden ceremony or reception, you could find your beautiful stilettos dug into the ground like a tent peg if you're not careful. Rather than have the gradually building ache of high heels at the back of your mind as the day progresses, flats make the day a breeze.

All bets are off when it comes to what shoes you can wear on your wedding day. All bets are off when it comes to what shoes you can wear on your wedding day.

Glamour magazine's Leah Melby sums it up: "Unless you're wearing a shorter dress, your shoes will mostly be invisible," she says. " You do not want to be grumpy because your feet hurt."

Smooth operator

Without the additional few inches added to your height, you also reduce the risk of any trip ups, or getting your heel caught in the hem of your dress.

And what about the dancing? Throw yourself into the grooving dance floor with a pair of dance-friendly flats.

In addition, flats don't have to be any less glamorous than a pair of high-heeled wedding sandals – which you're unlikely to wear again – as there are a myriad of options available, from ballerina-inspired satin slippers to bejewelled slip-ons.

If you're a sneaker kind of girl, why not wear a pair in your favourite style? It's your day after all! 

For more inspiration on how to jazz up your wedding day look, you can see our range of wedding dress accessories