What to wear to a wedding when you don’t want to wear heels

Flat whites are the way forward

So you’re going to a wedding this summer but you can’t face wearing heels? Don’t worry! En Brogue is here to help. If you’re still worried about ditching your heels for a posh do, I hope I can persuade you to switch to flats because you’ll have a MUCH better time. Tricky staircase to manoeuvre? No problem. Cobbled street to get to the venue? Bring it on. Amazing band playing you want to dance all night to? Just try and stop me!

Hannah wears yellow Preen by Thornton Bregazzi dress and Anne Thomas shoes; white & Other Stories dress and Mango pumps. All items are old season.

I originally wrote this feature a few years ago, but this year I’m going to draw from my own recent wedding experiences and do a much narrower edit of flat shoes that are ideal for nuptial celebrations, whether you’re a guest or getting married yourself. Because when I look back at my outfits from the last three weddings I’ve attended, they all have something in common: white shoes.

I’m a huge fan of white flats (not, incidentally, flat whites, because I hate the taste of coffee) and here’s why. First, is there anything more lovely than fresh white shoes in the summer? As well as weddings, they look brilliant with jeans, shorts, skirts…so you’ll get your money’s worth. Second, they will go with your outfit, no matter what your outfit is. Versatile. Third, they never go out of style, as the pair I’m wearing in the first and second image, which I’ve had for four years now, prove.

Mango leather ballerinas, £49.99 ([AD] mango.com); Aeyde ‘Moa’ pumps, €175 (aeyde.com); Marks & Spencer leather ballerinas, £35 ([AD] marksandspencer.com)

Probably the easiest style to opt for if you’re switching from heels for the first time is a pump, like the styles above. The reason for this is that they expose a lot of the top of your foot, which can help give the illusion of longer legs, a bit like a pair of heels does. A slightly pointed toe will also add to the effect. This is especially helpful if you’re wearing a dress or a skirt and you’d usually reach for the 4 inch court shoes to finish the outfit.

Malones Souliers ‘Maureen’ flats, £425 ([AD] net-a-porter.com); Charles & Keith T-bars, £55 ([AD] charleskeith.co.uk); Free People ‘Dana’ woven flats, £108 ([AD] freepeople.com)

Of course, because all of these shoes are white, they are also a great option for brides, which is why I’ve included a couple of more expensive options. I only wish I’d thought of it myself when I got married nearly 15 years ago; it was before I gave up heels but I knew I would be uncomfortable and wander around barefoot all day so I bought some rubbish cheap kitten heels that I’m not sure I even brought home from the venue! And I absolutely sanction wearing trainers as a wedding guest or a bride, but more on that later in the season…

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Vagabond ‘Nikki’ mules, £80 (vagabond.com); Grenson ‘Luna’ loafers, £235 (grenson.com); GH Bass ‘Weejuns’ penny loafers, £130 (ghbass-eu.com)

I do get a lot of questions asking me how I keep white shoes clean. Although I do reserve some of my white shoes for special occasions, I have a couple of pairs of brogues that get much more wear and still look pristine. The key is to make sure you only wear them when you know you’re not going to walk somewhere mucky or get caught in the rain. The weather forecast is your friend. And don’t be too lazy to clean them! I have a whole section on Instagram Highlights that covers this subject, so hop over and have a look.

I’d love to know what you think and your experiences of wearing flat shoes to weddings, especially if you wore them as the bride! Leave comments below.