Fancy restaurants, dressy events, formal business meetings—they all typically have a dress code (whether spoken or unspoken) that you're expected to follow. And while what type of of clothes you actually wear to these occasions can vary, there's one thing every single outfit requires: a pair of dress shoes. Of course, if you've ever attempted to wear sky-high heels or brand-new flats to an event, you probably dread putting on a formal shoe any time it's necessary. They can be super uncomfortable, people! Alas, they're a bit unavoidable—which means you need a few go-to pairs in your wardrobe that won't have you taking 'em off after 30 minutes.
Enter: the most comfortable shoes for fancy events on le internet. No matter if you love a lil extra height or prefer a flat shoe, there are plenty of actually-comfy formal shoes out there. (Trust!) With these beauts, you can hit the dance floor all night, present a long business pitch with ease, or flit around like the social butterfly you are—all without wincing in pain.
And to sweeten the deal even further, the dress shoes below are seriously ca-ute. Worn with anything from formal gowns to power suits, you can't go wrong with these 15 pairs. I've got your back (er, feet), babe.
A slingback with an unexpected heel is a serious must-have—especially if you're hitting the dance floor. These are made to be extra-comfy, and reviewers agree: "I wore them for the first time to dinner, a concert and dancing, all in one night! They are so very comfortable, felt as if I’d had them for ages."
If you really need a ringing endorsement of these pumps, just peep the reviews section. "I walked 8.3 miles in these heels and have no regrets," says one buyer. If they can handle that, they can definitely handle a party or two.
If you're not into heels, try a pair of formal flats that won't pinch or rub. "As a nurse, I’m on my feet ALL day, so when I’m not working, I want to wear comfortable (but cute and high quality) shoes," one reviewer notes. "The Natalie exceeds expectations! So comfortable and so chic."
Not only are these sandals seriously fun, but they also feature a padded footbed for major comfort. The block heel makes things a bit easier, too.
If you look up comfortable heels in the dictionary (or at least on Amazon), you'll find these cuties. With over 8,000 reviews, this best seller is ready to make its way into your closet, STAT.
Looking for a more formal everyday shoe? Try these on for size. "These shoes are SO comfortable and really fit well," one reviewer claims. "This is the fourth pair I’ve purchased in four colors."
Introducing: your perfect party shoe. "These are winners. I can’t believe I wore them from getting ready until the last guest left," one (very happy) buyer wrote. And did I mention they come in five gorg colors?
Loafers can be hit or miss when it comes to comfort, but according to reviews, this pair fits the bill. "Absolutely the most comfortable loafers I’ve ever had the pleasure of putting on my feet," says one review. "Doesn’t need any breaking in. I usually have to break in loafers...but this felt like it was custom made for me."
Reviewers love how these d'Orsay cut heels make it easy to wear them all day long—especially if you have a job that has you on your feet a lot. The selling point for me, though, is the cute leopard print!
JSYK, these heels mold to your feet as you wear them—meaning they get more comfortable with each step. They have plush foam padding, too, which is simply the cherry on top.
For shutting down the dance floor, you can't go wrong with these square-toe mules. "Wore them to the club and stood comfortably in them all night," says one buyer. "The soles were soft and easy on the feet."
A mix between a flat and a loafer, these shoes ooze elegance. They're easy to dress up or down, and won't have you crying at the end of the night. Reviewers love how versatile and comfortable they are, so don't be surprised if you go back for more.
Anyone with wide feet understands the struggle to find shoes that fit correctly. If you're searching for a statement shoe that holds up, though, you're gonna love this wide-fit pair from Fashion to Figure.
Just a reminder that yes, loafers can work as formal shoes. It's all in how you style them! Wear these luxurious cuties with a formal suit or a sheer socks and a cocktail dress.
If you really want a pair of dressy heels that'll go with anything for years to come, this is it."This shoe is the most comfortable shoe I have owned in years!" says one buyer. "It's elegant, dressy and versatile!" What more could you ask for in a shoe?