Choosing the right prom dress is important, but we cannot forget about shoes. The shoes are the thing that take a pretty dress and turns it into a beautiful outfit. It’s also the shoes that are going to be supporting you all night so you probably don’t want a pair that rubs your heels raw and makes it seem like a knife is going through your foot.
You might be chuckling and assuming that foot pain is basically accepted if you’re wearing a pair of heels. It doesn’t have to be. What’s more, high heels might be the most expected option for prom, but by no means are they your only option. There are lots of chic flats, wedges, and even block and kitten heels that you can try instead of stilettos. And if you’re after a pair of heels, there are ones that are more comfortable than others.
You put a lot of effort into finding your dress, and I encourage you to have that same don’t-give-up-attitude with your shoes. You want a cute pair of shoes that you will enjoy wearing. You don’t want to have a pretty-but-uncomfortable pair of shoes that you stop wearing before you’ve even eaten dessert at prom. To help you out, I’ve rounded up some shoe options. Scroll down to see prom shoes that are cute, comfortable, and won’t blow your budget.
1. Nine West Laglade Wedge Sandals
Nine West Laglade Wedge Sandals, $79.95, Nordstrom
Let’s not forget about wedges. They add height but are more comfortable because you’re not having to balance on a tiny spoke. These wedges aren’t gravity-defying. They add just the right amount of height and are comfortable to walk in. I promise.
2. Irregular Choice Eccentric Assertion Block Heel Sandals
Irregular Choice Eccentric Assertion Block Heel Sandals, $129, Modcloth
How cute are the shoes, you guys? Irregular Choice is known for bold, unique designs. If you’re wearing a plain dress, the style will definitely add some personality to your outfit. The block heels are sensible and provide just enough height. They’re also blue ombre plastic. What more could you ask for?
3. H&M Ballet Flats
H&M Ballet Flats, $14.99, H&M
FYI: There is no rule that says you have to wear heels to prom. How about flats? These flats have major party vibes thanks to the sparkles. What’s more, they’re a shoe that you could actually wear again with jeans and a T-shirt. You also cannot beat the price.
4. BP. Roxie Wedge Sandals
BP. Roxie Wedge Sandals, $59.95, Nordstrom
Here’s another gorgeous wedge option. The heel is actually 2 1/2 inches. That might sound high, but look at the gentle slope of the shoe. You can walk in that. The ankle strap will also keep your foot secure. There are four different colors and finishes to choose from.
5. Aldo Asiella Flatforms
Aldo Asiella Flatforms, $80, Aldo
Here’s a shoe style that you might not have considered: flatforms. They’re like wedges, but the shoes have an even platform across the entire foot. This makes them easy to walk in and gives them major Spice Girl vibes. How fun are the stripes on this style?
6. Boohoo Zoe Wide Fit 2 Part Leather Sandals
Boohoo Zoe Wide Fit 2 Part Leather Sandals, $17, Boohoo
Do you also struggle to find shoes because you have a wider foot? Take a gander at these flat sandals. The lack of heel makes them easy to walk in and they’re sized for wider feet. They’re even metallic leather at bargain prices. Woot.
7. Thalia Sodi Tibby Mesh Embellished Wedge Sandals
Thalia Sodi Tibby Mesh Embellished Wedge Sandals, $69.50, Macy’s
Guh. How gorgeous are these wedge sandals? The necklace detail on the front is so fun. These are four versatile colors to choose from and they also come in regular and wide sizes. Let’s not forget that they’re comfortable thanks to the sensible wedge and ankle strap.
8. Missguided Rose Gold Two-Strap Perspex Heeled Mules
Missguided Rose Gold Two-Strap Perspex Heeled Mules, $51, Missguided
Do you have trouble walking in heels? These sandals have a heel, but it’s thick and it’s not so high that you will feel unsupported. The rose gold and perspex design is also on point.
9. b.o.c. Mimi Wedge Sandals
b.o.c. Mimi Wedge Sandals, $59.99, Macy’s
Think of these as the next step up for your flat gladiator sandals. They’ve got all the gorgeous metallic straps plus a lil’ extra height in the back. You’ll definitely be able to wear them in the summer.
10. River Island Gold Snake Embellished Kitten Heel Mules
River Island Gold Snake Embellished Kitten Heel Mules, $120, River Island
We cannot forget about kitten heels. Not only are they very fashionable at the mo, they’re also the heels for people who cannot walk in heels. These golden mules are worth the splurge.
11. Target Glitter Star Flat Shoes
Target Glitter Star Flat Shoes, $27.49, Target
Now these are party shoes. Forget ideas that heels are the only party shoe. With a bit (or a lot) of sparkle, any shoe can be a party shoe, including trusty ballet flats.
12. ASOS Susanna Embellished Slingback Kitten Heels
ASOS Susanna Embellished Slingback Kitten Heels, $48, ASOS
Easy to walk in heel? Yup. Pretty embellishment? Yup. Good price? Yup. What more could you ask for? These pretty kitten heels tick all the boxes.
13. Topshop Jenna Woven Court Shoes
Topshop Jenna Woven Court Shoes, $85, Topshop
These are a classic shoe style with a twist. Where else have you seen woven shoes like this that weren’t sandals? The block heels elevate you just enough but won’t result in searing foot pain. Choose from three pretty colors.
14. Banned Seaside Spirit Slingback Flats
Banned Seaside Spirit Slingback Flats, $59, ModCloth
Dude, these are sparkly blue flats with iridescent seashell appliques. These are not your average pair of black flats. If you’re wearing a shorter dress, these are a great option because people need to see ’em.
How important are comfortable and cute prom shoes to you? Let us know in the comments!
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