Wedding season is upon us!
When there’s a wedding to attend many of us minimalist shoe wearers don our one pair of heels and stumble through the night, because we don’t have anything else to wear. Culturally, “dressing up” for women has long meant squeezing our bodies into uncomfortable (not to mention unhealthy!) positions, and it can feel impossible to look nice enough for these occasions without heels.
But thankfully style has fewer boundaries these days. It is 100% possible to look sleek, feminine, and statuesque while being comfortable and aligned.
Everything on this list is zero drop, flexible, and with a roomy toe box. And not only will they not look out of place underneath your ball gown, but they’ll also look stunning all on their own.
I fully believe that confidence is the sexiest thing a woman can wear. So get out there on the dance floor and flaunt those healthy feet!
**Where ever possible, I recommend reaching out to shop owners to verify sizing/minimalist qualities and ensure you get what you are looking for. I also always measure my feet and check size charts before every purchase**
Flats are having an extended style moment (thanks Tory Burch!), and are completely appropriate for black tie events. Go for white, metallic or a color that matches your dress
The Drifter Leather flats ($100+) – These beautiful shoes are custom made and will take a long while to get to you, but the styles they have are completely unmatched. Learn more about ordering from the Drifter here and here.
The Storehouse Oakdale flats ($60)- This is a small business that will also require planning ahead. They take preorders once a month and then fulfill those orders over a 6 week period. They have a few different metallic options and lots of colors, plus are a great price point. I recommend following them on Facebook and Insta to stay up to date.
Yosi Samra Samara 2.0 flats ($89) – These are your best bet if you are in a time crunch, as they are available on Amazon (some colors are $50!). You can also buy them directly from Yosi Samra or on Zappos. Just keep in mind that not all their shoes are minimalist friendly (the ones I link to are the best option).
Soft Star Ballerinas ($170) – The Ballerinas are a basic flat that can be customized to match you dress. The biggest drawback with these is that there is a canvas trim around the edge that doesn’t perfectly match the leather color. For me this makes these look more casual, but in some color options you can hardly see the trim.
Increasingly, sandals have become more appropriate for fancy occasions. As long as you select white or metallic, these sandals will look flawless with a gown.
Soft Star Solstice Sandal ($110) – These sandals can be customized to match the color of your dress. There are a lot of option, and these will be very comfortable on your feet, but are on the casual side for a wedding.
Savopoulos ($65) – This Etsy shop uses Vibram soles and can make their sandals heel-less by request. They have gorgeous metallic leather and lots of beautiful designs.
Greek Sandals Penelope ($60) – Etsy – This shop will custom make the sole shape based on your foot measurement! She uses rubber soles and you must request no heel.
Grecian Sandals ($40) – Etsy – Must request to be heel-less. This is the most affordable option out there. The sole is going to be stiffer/lower quality than the above options, but these are still lovely. See my review of this shop here.