The ONLY Heels I’ll Wear To Weddings & Events


As the self-designated Comfort Shoe Queen of The Mom Edit, I often get asked what shoes I wear for weddings and special events. Quick answer: Naturalizers. Longer answer: Keep reading. And watch the video review of the newest Naturalizers I tried (and didn’t fall in love with) as well as my review of my older Naturalizer heels I’ve worn happily for years.

Back to that longer answer…I’m a miserable human to be around when my feet hurt. So when I’m invited to a wedding or fancy-ish special event, although I’d like to say my first thoughts are how thrilled I am for the host or hostess, in reality, my mind shoots to fretting about what fancy shoes I’m going to wear and if my feet will be comfortable.

I begin moving through my comfort-shoe flowchart. Can I wear my beloved cushioned FitFlops that make my feet oh-so-happy and are ridiculously comfortable? No?? They’re not even remotely appropriate? OK…how about my fancy Birkenstocks? I mean, they have a fancy gold buckle…they’re good right? Not fancy enough? Hmmm…fine. Cute wedges? Cordani slingback sandals are SUPER-special and often work for events. Not this time?

FINE! I’ll wear “real” heels.

The Comfort Shoe Queen Tells All: Get Naturalizer Heels

I joke about insisting on wearing FitFlops and Birkenstocks and my favorite clogs to all events in my life, but in reality, I do very much enjoy getting dressed up, putting on ALL the makeup and wearing high heels. It doesn’t happen often, so when it does…it definitely makes the occasion feel special.

And it helps TREMENDOUSLY that I’ve found comfortable heels I can wear all night that don’t make me miserable. I mean, heels are heels. I’d definitely be MORE comfortable in my Birkenstocks, but for heels…Naturalizers are definitely the winner for me.

In this video, I review the newest pair of Naturalizer heels that I’ve tried (spoiler: They’re not my favorite), as well as show you the styles I’ve worn and been happy with for years.

Outfit Pieces Shown: Denim | White Top | Copper Dress | Jumper | Floral Dress

Naturalizer Vanity Heel | More Sizes/Colors Here: The latest Naturalizer heel that I’ve tried and that I review in the video. Beautiful lines, beautiful design, but these dress sandals don’t feel as secure and stable as my other Naturalizers. Comfortable “enough,” and they still have that good distribution of weight that I love in Naturalizers, but they wouldn’t be my first choice unless you’re just madly in love with the look.

Naturalizer Joy Heel | More Sizes/Colors Here: A Naturalizer heel I’ve happily worn to fancy occasions and weddings for years. The small platform gives some extra height that is especially fun for special events, but because of the thicker heel, ankle strap and good distribution of weight, they feel secure and comfortable (for a high heel).

Naturalizer Kinsley Heel | Similar Style Here: Shana and I have both worn these heels for years. They’ve discontinued this exact style, but you can still find them at a few retailers — and they’re majorly discounted too!

Naturalizer Violette Heel | More Sizes/Colors Here: The updated version of the Kinsleys. Pretty lines and minimalist design but with the added stability of the ankle strap.

Naturalizer Mallory Heel | More Sizes/Color Here and Here: SUCH a fun style, and the colorways this year are fabulous. I have a similar older version that has been comfortable for my feet because of the platform, thick heel and distribution of weight.

Naturalizer Vera Heel | More Sizes/ Colors Here: The Vera heels have by far the best selection of nude coloring of all the Naturalizers. The lower and thicker heel is also of great appeal for us comfort-shoe lovers as well.

Naturalizer Lacey Heel | More Sizes/ Colors Here: A sweet, little low wedge heel that is totally dressy enough for special occasions. Love the tulip-edged top strap.

All this talk of getting fancied up with high heels reminds me: I’ve been thinking of trying Sarah Flint’s high heels. I had two women approach me at a recent wedding to share their extremely comfortable and beautiful heel find, and I’ve read amazing things about how truly comfortable Sarah Flints are. They are $$$, but if they’re TRULY as comfortable as people say they are, one pair of one of their classic styles for all the weddings and formal events in my future might be worth it. Maybe? I don’t know…they are WILDLY expensive, for sure. Let me know if you have and love Sarah Flints or any other comfortable “real” high heel.

Here’s to happy feet…always!


Oh hey, Pinners! This one’s for you…

What shoes to wear to weddings & events? The answer is almost always Naturalizer heels. Naturalizer is the only brand of heels comfy enough for my feet. Join me as I review the shoes I love & wear on repeat + 1 of the newer styles.
What shoes to wear to weddings & events? The answer is almost always Naturalizer heels. Naturalizer is the only brand of heels comfy enough for my feet. Join me as I review the shoes I love & wear on repeat + 1 of the newer styles.

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  1. I love your shoe reviews as I have very problematic feet. I can’t wear a heel higher than about 1.5 inches (tragic)…I would love some dressier options with an even lower heel than those depicted here. But perhaps I’m in the minority! …they are VERY hard to find!!!!! The Sarah Flints look great for arch support!

    • Hi Chris! Good to hear from you! Not tragic at all…just makes for a good comfort shoe challenge. 🙂 Okay….first of all….any chance at all you could go up to a 1 3/4 inch wedge? Naot’s pixies are VERY comfortable, they have the comfort shoe features I look for, AND they come in a variety of materials and colors that in my opinion would totally work for “dressy”. The Naot Mermaid doesn’t come in as wide range of colors/materials, but is 1.5 inch wedge. I also like the look of the LifeStride Yasmines for a simple dressy-ish option which are 1.25-inch wedge and a lower price point. Not a brand I’m familiar with, appears that in reviews folks either love them or hate them, but these are more of a traditional “heel” design and 1.25 inch high.

      I personally would go with one of the Naot wedges or try Naturalizer’s 2inch wedge ( to see if there’s any chance they would work for you… or if they’re in your budget, Sarah Flint’s $$$$$ 1 inch heels do look pretty amazing in their engineering. Does that help? Thanks for writing in!

  2. I bought the Kinsley heels on your recommendation a few years ago and they are perfect! I wish Naturalizer would bring them back, the heel on the Violette is oddly shaped and sits at a weird spot on my heel.

    • So good to know! I noticed the shape of the newer version’s heel is really pretty, but not pretty enough to sacrifice comfort for sure! I may need to order and try myself to compare. So…the Naturalizer Leahs look almost identical to the Kinsleys and are available at some of the discount retailers.…but I always get nervous that they too sacrificed something in there to make them less expensive at these retailers. Maybe worth a try, though. Hopefully they will bring the original Kinsley back to the standard Naturalizer line. I’m with you on that! SUCH a good shoe. Thanks for the comment, Kelley…appreciate it!

    • Sure thing! XS in the jumpsuit and XS in the floral dress from J.Crew. The jumpsuit is very roomy, but has adjustable straps.

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