Best Mother of the Bride Shoes Reviewed & Rated
It’s your daughter’s big day. She’s radiant, graceful, and maybe a little nervous about marrying the love of her life. You couldn’t be more proud. Weddings are a momentous event, a turning point in every young woman’s life, and it is comforting and grounding to have her mother by her side on such an occasion. You, as the mother of the bride, need to look the part. It is a given that you don’t want to steal your daughter’s thunder or upstage her in any way, but as an honorary member of the wedding party, there is a certain dose of poise and elegance expected of the mother of the bride. You should carefully pick out an outfit, style your hair and makeup in accordance, and - of course - get yourself a fitting pair of shoes.
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10 Best Mother of the Bride Shoes
1. Kunsto Classic
Padded Sock Liner
TPR Rubber Sole
Not for Wide Feet
The Classic Heel from Kunsto provides glamorous heels, strappy sandals and embellished flats that are perfect for holiday parties, weddings and prom nights. This classic sandal just breathes clean elegance. It is simple and yet refined, classy and discreetly stylish. It features a satin upper, an ankle strap and a studded toe strap, along with a two-inch heel and TPU rubber sole. A perfect choice if you don’t want the shoe to outshine your outfit!Read more
The two-inch heel guarantees comfort. Not much different than walking on flat soles - though considerably more elegant - this heel won’t give you any pain or discomfort, and you will be able to spend as much time in it as you’d like!
This pump sits at a great price. It is comfortable, unobtrusive and versatile, in that you will be able to pair it up with most outfits for both casual and formal occasions. At such an affordable price, you could buy a few in different colors to complement various outfits even after your daughter's wedding.
2. Calvin Klein Brady
Wide Range Of Colors
Narrow Toe Section
Calvin Klein is a philanthropist and antique car enthusiast, though most of us know him as a fashion designer. As a brand, Calvin Klein is known around the world for their minimal and classy designs. Sporting a beautiful leather upper and 4" heel, the Brady shoe is a sophisticated choice for any wedding.Read more
When it comes to heels- and any wedding shoe, actually- comfort is of the utmost importance. After all, as the mother of the bride, you'll likely be on your feet for hours. While high heels are inherently uncomfortable, the foam insole and flexible construction of the Brady will mitigate this discomfort, allowing you to be on your feet as long as you need to be.
While plenty of folks like sparkly wedding designs, others will opt for something more muted and simple The pointed toe design of the Brady pump is a classic that will never go out of style, and the simple design will go with whatever you choose to wear. These also come in a wide range of colors, from basic black to bright reds and purples, making it easy to coordinate your outfit.
3. Ivanka Trump Boni
3 Inch Heel
Conforms to Foot Shape
Belonging to a shoe collection originating from way before its designer became the First Daughter, the Ivanka Trump Pump - hey, it rhymes! - is a classic. Its lines are clean and crisp and reflective of Ms. Trump's own personal aesthetic. Rounding out this pump is the upper made of leather, memory foam cushioning for added comfort and classic three-inch heel. Elegant and timeless!Read more
A natural material, with a little bit of care, leather is extremely durable and long-wearing. Not only that, it has this wonderful ability to take form of your foot over time, ensuring that the shoe fits you perfectly and doesn’t cause you any pain.
A cushioned footbed is truly a game changer when it comes to high heels and their comfort. The Ivanka Trump Pump boasts memory foam cushioning in the insole, making it one of the most comfortable pumps you’ll ever wear.
4. Sam Edelman Patti
Not For Wide Ankles
Sam Edelman combines exceptional materials with fine styling, and their shoes represent an affordable luxury, sophistication, and down-to-earth appeal. The Patti sandal is a sleek heeled two-piece sandal featuring a closed heel cup, an ankle strap, and an upper constructed out of kid suede. It comes in a great variety of colors, from Classic Nude over Raspberry Pink to Soft Metallic - you will definitely find the one that is right for you!Read more
The toe strap combined with the ankle strap and buckle closure for an adjustable fit makes this shoe effortlessly easy to wear and slip into. The heel cup at the back ensures that your heel is snuggly embraced and that the shoe isn’t slipping off even while you twirl on the dance floor.
Kid leather, or kidskin, is a type of soft, thin leather usually used for gloves, but also footwear and clothing. An upper constructed out of kid suede is incredibly comfortable and after a short break-in period, it will - dare we say - fit you like a glove.
5. Badgley Mischka Romance
Narrow Toe Area
Badgley Mischka is a design team which has been named one of ‘Top 10 American Designers’ by Vogue. They made their mark in the fashion industry with their glamorous, stylish and wearable evening wear, and the Badgley Mischka Romance is certainly that. It is a wedge, but one fully covered with smooth satin, and adorned with a rhinestone studded T-strap, making it a remarkable combination of elegant and practical.Read more
It doesn’t get better than the wedge heel. This type of heel makes sure your weight is evenly distributed over your foot and that no part of it suffers under too much pressure. The wedge heel of the Badgley Mischka guarantees comfort and stability wherever you go.
T-straps add youthfulness and interest to any design, and this rhinestone decorated one is truly a refreshing note of glamour. It is adjustable as well, meaning that you can buckle it as tight or as loose as you want for that perfect fit.
6. Nina Cherie
Lightly Cushioned Insole
Upper Doesn’t Stretch
No Arch Support
Nina Footwear is one of the rare family-run companies in the shoe industry, founded in the early 1950s. Today, their sexy, affordable shoes are widely featured in fashion magazines. Nina Cherie is a shoe of unique design, with a leather sole, an approximately three-inch heel, and a selection of several colors, such as ivory, midnight blue, wine red, and this gorgeously eye-catching silver. You will surely get showered with compliments on your attractive shoe choice!Read more
That’s okay, we weren’t exactly sure what the word meant at first, either. Shootie means ‘an ankle-high shoe resembling a bootie’. Creative, huh? Thanks to this original design, the Nina Cherie keeps your foot secure and stable and doesn’t let your step wobble as you walk.
As the name of its style suggests, the Nina Cherie is similar to a bootie, and thus it is outfitted with a zipper in the back. While this doesn’t give you much chance to adjust the fit, it does enable you to slip in and out of the shoe effortlessly.
7. Nine West Leisa
Not for Wide Feet
Heel Breaks Off Easily
Nine West is a label you can trust to deliver shoes in everyday, chic style - they produce trend-right footwear that will become an essential part of your wardrobe. The Leisa sandal is elegant and demure, and a perfect solution to your day-to-night dressing dilemma. It features an ankle strap and a glittery toe strap, as well as a padded insole. This shoe has been featured in InStyle and OK! magazines and we can see exactly why!Read more
With its classic design, complete with an ankle strap and a buckle, a toe strap that is incandescent with its glitter and a kitten heel - the Nine West Leisa is a symbol of timeless style. It is suitable for dressing up casual wear and for any formal event that may come your way.
There are many factors that contribute to the high comfort level of the Nine West Leisa: the leather upper, which conforms to your foot over time, the adjustable width of the ankle strap, the lightly padded footbed and the low heel - you can forget about pain and blisters!
8. Nina Vitalia
3 Inch Heel
Cramped Toe Area
Strap Keeps Falling Off
Similarly to the other Nina shoe on our list, the Nina Vitalia is magnificently original in its design. Its artistic, feminine lines will give you pause, and you won’t resist the shoe’s sexy silhouette. The heel is at a comfortable three inches, the outsole is made of leather, and even though it isn’t outfitted with any type of cushioning, the Nina Vitalia is surprisingly comfortable!Read more
What is the most captivating about the Nina Vitalia is its asymmetric upper, styled out of straps and mesh material. The lines of the upper follow the form of your foot with grace and flair, taking the concept of a sandal to an entirely new level.
Leather outsoles are not particularly slip-resistant, but they are durable and will wear well over time. What’s more, the leather sole changes shape to fit your foot for added comfort and provides that elegant click-clack sound as you walk.
9. Badgley Mischka Rouge
3 Inch Heel
Narrow Toe Box
A Cinderella shoe if we have ever seen one, the Badgley Mischka Rouge is nothing short of stunning. Whether you go for the ivory, the latte or the black version, you can be confident that your shoes will be all the rage at your daughter’s wedding. This pump sports a rhinestone-studded upper, a pointed toe, and a padded instep, and its leather sole is a testament to the quality and durability.Read more
The design of the Badgley Mischka Rouge is princess-like, with its scalloped heel and intricate rhinestone pattern that takes anyone’s breath away. The pointed toe provides class and a chic silhouette - everything necessary for true love at first sight!
The Badgley Mischka Rouge is not only gorgeous it is also quite comfortable. Its heel is a classic height, low enough not to put pressure on the ball of your foot, and the shoe also sports a lightly padded instep as extra cushioning and support.
10. Modemoven Slingback
Wrapped Kitten Heels
Ankle Strap with Buckle
We couldn’t take our eyes off the magnificently sleek Modemoven Slingback. Its kitten heels, patent leather upper in many different colors, and sharply pointed toe add up to an effect of va va voom! The beauty of this shoe is that it’s not only good for formal occasions - it is also work appropriate, and fitting for anywhere else you might want to go and look a bit touched up. Dress to impress!Read more
As with all slingbacks, the Modemoven has an ankle strap with buckle closure. This allows you to adjust the width of the shoe according to the size of your ankle and offers sufficient support as you walk. The one thing you will notice immediately is its intense color. Whether it is Peach or Green or Sky Blue - or even that daring, dazzling combination of Red Lighting! - it is certainly jaw-dropping!
When it comes to cost, this is low- to mid-range. It doesn’t come with any guarantee of durability, but it is visually captivating and comfortable enough with its cushioned footbed and the kitten heel. A great deal for the price, we think!
Criteria Used for Evaluation
When it comes to the dress code for your daughter’s wedding and the color combinations for it – there is an etiquette to follow. You are fortunate in that you are the mother of the bride, and thus you have the right to choose your dress color first, after which the mother of the groom will follow, likely selecting a different color so as to avoid any clash during the event.
And then, after you find that perfect dress for the event, you will need a pair of shoes to complement it.
It is important to emphasize that in recent years, so-called matchy-matchy combinations have run out of style. That is to say, avoid perfectly matching the shade of your shoe color to the shade of the dress color and, even worse, to the purse color. Rather, use your accessories to add a touch of vibrancy, liveliness, and give a hint of your own personality to the outfit.
There are several ways you can go about choosing the right shoe color, and we have sorted them out into categories:
Neutral hues are always a safe bet. Champagne, Taupe, Beige… These earthy, nude tones go well with any dress color. They are on trend, and they won’t distract from the rest of your outfit, or from any other part of the ceremony. Neutral colors are also versatile enough that you will be able to wear them for many different events in the future – if the style of the shoe allows it, of course.
We will take a second to mention black in this category as well. It is a classic, sophisticated color, though slightly more difficult to match than neutrals. But only slightly! The fashion rule, so to speak, is that you shouldn’t wear black with navy blue or brown, as these colors don’t complement each other. Other than that, don’t be afraid to buy a stunningly sleek black pair of shoes for the big day!
Nothing speaks of courage and spunk more than a bold, eye-catching shoe color. Reach for crimson red, emerald green, or even a bright orange to spice up your mother of the bride look. Tread carefully when handling intense hues, however. One wrong step – one saturated color on another saturated color – and it could turn into a full-on circus clown outfit, which neither you nor the bride want. It is best to pair striking colors with more gentle ones, leaning towards neutral, so that you’re certain nothing is too jarring and no one is whispering how the mother of the bride didn’t grasp the basics of color theory.
Similar to neutrals, these two colors – if we can call them that – pair well with most outfits. You would do well to match them with your jewelry of the night, as it is considered tacky to wear both gold and silver at the same time. You can go as sparkly or as modest as you’d like – again, keeping in mind the rest of what you’re wearing and what effect you’re going for.
Weddings can last for quite a long time, and as an essential part of the wedding party, you will find yourself on your feet more often than not. Whether it is to touch up your daughter’s wedding gown, or to make rounds and greet the staggering number of family members and friends that will surely be there, or even to dance – it is of utmost importance that your shoes are comfortable and providing you with the necessary support through all of this.
There are several factors which go in determining whether or not the shoe you’re considering to buy will be comfortable. Let’s look at the major ones.
When it comes to the most comfortable heel height, it is unsurprising that the lower the heel the better you will feel.
You might think, going by this rule we’ve just mentioned, that flats are the best option if you want to be absolutely certain you won’t have any problems walking around during the wedding. And while that is a logical conclusion, it is not always the case. First of all, flats are not considered very formal or elegant. Admittedly, there are those which can look the part, especially if they are a more dazzling color of gold or silver, or adorned with rhinestones or anything similar, but at the end of the day, they are not a part of ‘evening wear’. Secondly, while flats do have, as their name says, flat heels, this can be detrimental to your feet more than you think. Most flats offer little to no arch support, which can lead to knee, hip and back pain, and could also contribute to developing of a painful foot condition called plantar fasciitis. Our advice? Skip the flats and go for something much more luxurious, and likely more comfortable to boot.
Two inch heels, otherwise known as kitten heels, should pose no problem. This height won’t put unnecessary strain on the balls of your feet, and you will feel light and able to do anything you’d like.
Classic heel height is three inches, and these heels are similarly as easy to wear as kitten heels. It is the most common of heel heights and is considered sophisticated, comfortable and work appropriate. You can rest assured that three inch heels won’t lead to poor distribution of weight over your feet, and won’t cause any pain.
When talking about comfort, the heel type should also be taken into account. Stiletto heels are famously uncomfortable, as they narrow down all of your weight to one point. The result is that your steps are wobbly – like you’re walking on stilts – and you have a high chance of tripping and spraining your ankle in the process. When looking for a comfortable heel, go for a chunkier, wider heel. Look at wedges, thick or cone heels, and even platforms. If the heel is thin like in a stiletto but there is a platform under the front of your foot, it will still be considerably easier to walk in those shoes, even if the heel height is higher than four inches.
In order to endure several hours of moving around, a cushioned footbed, preferably with arch support, is a must. Insoles with cushioning provide shock absorption, and they molds to your foot for a better fit and a better feel. There are even insoles which have antimicrobial properties, and will keep your foot dry and comfortable and prevent any unpleasant odors. Arch support preserves the natural form of your sole and reduces your chances of getting flat feet. If you have fallen in love with a pair of shoes but they don’t have cushioning or arch support, try investing in some gel inserts or cushioned insoles. They will dramatically increase the comfort level of your shoe, and you will have the added bonus of taking them out and putting them into a different pair of shoes when it is time for a different occasion.
Aside from the fact that the nature of the materials the shoe is made of contribute to its quality level, durability, and price, it is important to know that the type of materials can also be a factor of whether the shoe is comfortable or not. Natural materials, such as leather and suede, have the ability of taking shape of the wearer’s foot over time. This is why leather or suede shoes usually require a break-in period, after which they have been customized – for the lack of a better word – to your feet, and won’t cause you any blisters, chafing or hot spots. Synthetic materials are not so malleable, and won’t change much in their form, no matter how long you wear them.
On our list, we have included different types of shoes to appeal to different tastes, weather conditions and wedding themes.
Ultimately, you are shopping for yourself, and you should settle on a shoe which makes you feel confident and beautiful, and which you will love wearing. You should consider the season the wedding takes place in, as for example, sandals would be a bad choice for a winter wedding – especially if it’s full of snow or rain. Similarly, open toes might provide much-needed relief from heat if it’s a garden summer wedding.
There are three shoe styles which have found their way to our page. Between 10 shoes that doesn’t sound like a lot, but one shoe style has endless variations, offering you a wide range of choices for the big day.
Pumps add instant glamour and elegance to any outfit. They make the wearer of the shoe appear taller, adjust their posture and accentuate the calves, buttocks and chest. Pumps have a tendency to visually lengthen the leg and make the arch of the foot more defined.
As opposed to the pump, sandals leave most of the foot exposed. They are an excellent choice for warmer weather, as they not only help your foot to breathe and provide proper air circulation, they also reduce the risk of athlete’s foot and other types of infections. Just make sure you get a pedicure beforehand, and you’re all set!
The defining feature of the slingback is a strap behind the heel or the ankle. The benefit of this is that the strap is adjustable – usually through a buckle or an elastic segment – allowing the wearer to slide into the shoe easily, and to modify the fit accordingly, while still keeping the foot relatively secure.
Overall fit and comfort go hand in hand. However, the fit of a shoe is more than just its size. Sizing can vary from one brand to another, and you have to take into consideration the width of the shoe, as well as the closure type. Weddings will often require you to be on your feet for hours on end, so it's important to make sure you have shoes that fit you very well.
The three types of closures we have featured on this list are buckles, zippers, and slip-ons. Buckle designs offer more customization in regards to fit, especially closures around the ankle so you can accommodate for things like swelling and fluid retention if necessary. However, this type of closure can be difficult to do, so you may need to get the help of one of the bridesmaids or someone else if this is a concern for you. Zippers are easier to close on your own, though won't offer the same sort of customization as a buckle closure. Slip-ons are one of the most common types, as they're easy to put on and take off. However similar to zippers, they may not offer a whole lot of leeway in terms of fit, and you have to take into account the width of the heel section.
We make it a point to discuss the cost and value of each product we consider, and only the best ones make it onto our lists. The value of a shoe is often determined by the qualities it has and how those qualities relate to the overall price, as well as other similar products available.
From the standpoint of a consumer, you have to ask yourself what sort of benefits you will get out of the shoe, and weigh them against any potential cons. When it comes to shoes for weddings, things such as color, comfort, and overall style are important, more so than factors such as durability and weather resistance. You may want the color to match the overall theme of the wedding, but not pick the same color as the bride or the bridesmaids. With weddings being an all-day event, you'll want all-day comfort, which the overall fit will play a role in. You may want something that will be easy to walk around in for long periods of time and will resist staining in the unfortunate event something gets spilled or knocked over. We took an extensive look at all of these things, to ensure that each product offers the best value for the investment.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
While your shoes for the ceremony as mother of the bride, are meant to dazzle and compliment your gown, sometimes, you'll find your feet need a break when the reception's dance floor starts to really come alive.
Pack a pair of foldable flats, or flip flops, that you can slip into for dancing the night away in comfort. Many flats and sandals can come with jewels or embellishments that still let you stay stylish for the evening to come!
Your shoes should compliment the gown you've selected, whether it be the color, or the bling. However, if you selected a neutral colored gown, you have the option of going a bit bolder on you footwear to make a statement if you'd like! Pair brighter hues of purples, blues, and reds with nude sequin gowns, or even navy or grey.
Other Factors to Consider
It is safe to say we have never had a page of more aesthetically pleasing shoes in one list. We don’t envy you at all, as with all of these gorgeous choices it can be quite difficult to make the right decision. However, while the appearance of the shoe is important - some would argue the most important for your daughter's wedding - it should be mentioned that it is not the only crucial factor. After all, weddings are long affairs, and the mother of the bride is expected to be on her feet for quite a lot in that time. As you browse through looking for those perfect shoes, think about the comfort of the shoe as well. Additionally, keep in mind what dress awaits you in your wardrobe, and if the shoes will go well with it. These are all small, largely insignificant details; choosing shoes that are ill-fitting or uncomfortable can put a damper on your evening, sure, but ultimately you’re shopping for one of the most beautiful days of your life and the lives of your family members. Don’t stress about it too much, and if you need any extra help, take a look at our Criteria section below for more information on how to choose the best mother of the bride shoes for you!
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Is it a good idea to coordinate with the bridesmaids and the wedding theme?
This is up to you! It you feel like coordinating your colors with the wedding theme and/or the bridesmaids, it would be advisable to not go with the exact same hue of the color. For example, if the bridesmaids’ dresses are lilac, you could go for deep purple. Still on theme, but not comically matching.
q: Can I bring a different pair of shoes to change into for the reception?
While this is certainly a viable option – and one which many people, especially women, resort to during formal events – maybe it’s best to avoid this practice. If you can, aim for shoes which will provide you with ample comfort and stability that you can go through the entire night in them. That way, your outfit won’t suffer and you won’t have to lug around an extra pair of shoes along with everything.
q: Help! I'm at the wedding and I spilled something on my shoe. What do I do?
Don’t panic. Go to the washroom and take some paper towel and pat the stain on the shoe to soak up any excess liquid. After, take another piece of paper towel and wet it and put some liquid hand soap and massage it into the paper towel. Once a light foam builds up, gently apply to the stain on the shoe while pressing down and soaking up the remaining stain. It might not be perfect, but it will get you through the day!