Updated February, 2022
Wedding season is upon us! When there’s a wedding to attend many of us barefoot 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 meets the standards of barefoot shoes – i.e. they are zero drop, flexible, and with a wide toe box. Not only will they not look out of place underneath your ball gown, but they’ll 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!
P.S. Looking for men’s barefoot dress shoes? See my full list of options here.
For the most part, the barefoot shoes that will be fancy enough to wear to a wedding are ballet flats and sandals. They are streamlined, and excellent replacements for high heels. But be ware, most flats and sandals are not completely flat or shaped like a human foot. That’s why this list should be your first stop when looking for fancy barefoot shoes!
Barefoot Wedding Sandals
Increasingly, sandals have become more appropriate for fancy occasions. As long as you select white, metallic, or a matching color these barefoot sandals will look flawless with a gown.
Grecian Sandals ($75) – Etsy -This is the most affordable option out there, and they now offer a Vibram sole on several models. Lots of pretty options! Just watch for straps that let the toes be free, and note that if you don’t get the Vibram outsole you need to request no heel (and it’s not as flexible as the Vibram). See an older review of this shop here.
Be Lenka Grace ($130) – US/Canadians can order the Grace sandal from Anya’s Shop! The rest of the world can find these directly from Be Lenka and save 5% with code ANYASREVIEWS (returns are only accepted from within the EU and USA). For more photos and sizing help, click here!
*These will be restocked early spring 2022*
Shapen Sandals ($115) – Shapen has several styles of dressy sandals in metallic colors. You can also add decorative clips and ankle straps. Use code
ANYA10 for 10% off shoes and accessories!
Softstar Solstice Sandal ($105) – These sandals can be customized to match the color of your dress or in a fancy metallic leather. A little bit more bulky than the above option, but still great for either a wedding guest or party member. Use code ANYA for 15% off your first shoe purchase.
Lonnies Sandals (€129) – These vegan sandals can be bedazzled with Swarovski crystal. They have thin, flexible soles that are secure enough to the foot you can run in them. Only ships to the EU.
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. Be prepared for a long wait time. They are a narrower option and the sole is thick, but they are some of the prettiest sandals around.
There are quite a few other Etsy shops that make lovely, dress sandals. You can see my full list in my Etsy Finds post!
Barefoot Wedding Flats
Flats are having an extended style moment (thanks Tory Burch!), and are completely appropriate for black tie events. The options shown here are all barefoot friendly. Go for white, metallic or a color that matches your outfit.
For more information, check out my Guide to Barefoot Ballet Flats!
Shapen Poppy ($120) – The Poppy is a truly dressy barefoot flat. Toe box detailing helps to disguise the width and an open design elongates the legs. They are some of the most fashionable women’s barefoot shoes in existence. Read my Shapen review here!
Shapen Tulip ($115) – The Tulip comes in several metallics and solids and has optional accessories like decorative clips and ankle straps. Use code
ANYA10 for 5% off shoes and accessories!
Be Lenka ($130) – Save 5% with code ANYASREVIEWS (returns are only accepted from within the EU and USA). Read more about these flats in my Be Lenka 2022 Reiew
Ahinsa (€119) – Vegan available in silver and gold metallic as well as other solid colors and a few prints. 10% off with code ANYASREVIEWS
Softstar Ballerines ($170) – The Ballerinas are a basic flat that can be customized to match your dress. They have a regular and wide width option and are some of the best barefoot flats around. The biggest drawback (besides the cost) is that there is a canvas trim around the edge that doesn’t perfectly match the leather color. For me this makes them look more casual, but in some color options you can hardly see the trim. Use code ANYA for 15% off your first shoe purchase. Read my Softstar reviews here.
Lisbeth Joe Harare – The Harare has the cutest details. The scalloped toe and metallic accents give this ballet flat an elevated look. Use code ANYASREVIEWS for 5% off. *Almost completely out of stock now, we’re hoping they’ll be back soon!*
Groundies Bella ($130) – The Bella flat from Groundies is available in several solids including black and white, and this Rose color with metallic is particularly stunning.
Xero Shoes Phoenix ($70) – The Phoenix knit comes in a 6 colors. The gray, red, and green tend to look more casual because of the color variations in the knit, but the black, rose, and cream could pair well with wedding attire. The Phoenix also comes in black, brown, raspberry, and teal leather ($100) here. Read my Xero Shoes Phoenix review!
Zaqq Handmade Ballerina Flats – ($130) Zaqq has a good number of flats options, more variety than you’re going to find anywhere else. And, bonus, they are ready to ship right away, so you should receive them shortly after ordering. I reviewed Zaqq boots and sneakers here, and then later tested out a pair of flats. The flats are quite a bit narrower and might not work for some people. You can see my mini review of the flats here.
The Storehouse Flats ($75)- The Storehouse Flats come in a lot of metallics and colors and conform to your foot shape after several wears (see my review here). This small shop will require planning ahead as they take preorders once a month and then fulfill those orders over a 6 week period. But for the price point and minimalist qualities are a great option. I recommend following them on Facebook and Insta to stay up to date. Use code ANYA for $5 off & a free bag or find select colors available from Anya’s Shop!
Yosi Samra Samara 2.0 flats ($89) – These are your best bet if you are in a time crunch since they are available on Amazon (some colors are $50!), but they have the narrowest toe box of all the shoes listed here (excepting the Cinderollies below, which are comparable). I wore them for a few years, but eventually ditched them for wider toe boxes. You can buy them directly from Yosi Samra or on Zappos as well, Just keep in mind that not all Yosi Samra shoes are minimalist friendly (the ones I link to are the best option).
So there’s really no need to torture your body with high heels for weddings or other fancy occasions! For more ways to swap out unhealthy, foot-deforming shoes for barefoot shoes, check out my Wear This, Not That series.