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14 Comfortable Dress Shoes You Can Dance in All Night

Design: theSkimm | Photos: Target, Sadi Studios
April 28, 2023

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It’s a familiar dilemma: You’re heading to a party and are torn between choosing a comfy shoe or a stylish shoe. No one wants to deal with achy feet or blisters after being on the dance floor. Our advice? Get you a pair that can do both. Whether you’re looking for comfortable wedding shoes or comfy dress shoes for any other event, we’ve rounded up some faves.  

Pointed Mule
Filippa K

Pointy mules you’ll wanna wear every day…

We love how this brand puts reducing, repairing, reusing, and recycling at the front of their production process. This take on the classic mule will have you head over heels for sustainable design (see what we did there?). They have a low kitten heel that won’t hurt after hours of wear and a patent-leather shine that’s meant to last for years to come. New favorite, coming through. ($680, Filippa K)

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Slingback Pumps

Slingback pumps that’ll elevate any look…

Hello, elegance. These kitten heels can be styled up for a formal event or paired with your everyday jeans and T-shirt (we love the orange for a pop of color). They’re made from recycled nylon and have a soft bow attached at the front. Me-ow. ($395, Ganni)

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Pink heels

Blush pink heels with a moto vibe….

We can’t get enough of these sleek slip-ons. They’re backless so you won’t have to worry about pesky heel blisters or tight straps, and they have a 3.25-inch heel that’ll give you some height without being unbearably tall. ($310, Ssense)

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comfy dancing shoes for woman
Sam Edelman

Ankle-strap heels that come in nearly every color under the sun…

These are another HQ’r fave for their long-lasting comfort. They’ve got a 3.5-inch heel for just enough height. We love the two-strap, open-toe detail, and customers say these feel sturdy and run true to size. They’ve been featured in the brand’s bridal and bridesmaid collections, aka they’re the perfect pair to complement any formal look. ($140, Sam Edelman)

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Nude Heels
Dolce Vita

Comfortable nude heels that’ll go with any outfit…

Case in point: One HQ’r even changed into these on her wedding day. They’ve got a chunky round heel that looks chic but also offers solid support. Get ’em in over 20 colors and patterns to go with whatever outfit you’ve got in mind. They also tend to be a comfy option for those with wide feet. ($59.90+, Dolce Vita)

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Target comfy heels for woman

Two-strap heels with braided details…

And hundreds of five-star reviews from those who’ve fallen in love with their style and comfort. You’ll be able to walk miles in these slip-on sandals without your feet aching. They come in seven neutral colors — and can be dressed up or down. Pair ’em with a summer dress, or style them with a casual jean and T-shirt combo for an elevated take on a classic look. ($24.99, Target)

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Dancing shoes Margaux

Heels for your next black-tie event…

They’re made with padding and carefully designed straps to avoid pinching and rubbing, so you can say ‘buh-bye’ to the usual blisters after a night out. We’re fans of the classic silhouette and circular buckle detail, and the fact that they’re available in three different widths. They come in four different colors, plus a bridal option. ($298+, Margaux)

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A versatile sandal with a removable strap…

These are made from recyclable plastic and come with a strap that can either be removed for a dainty slide or added on for more support. The block heel is just the right height, and the cushioned sole makes them great for all-day wear. Plus, you can use the strap on other sandals by the brand as well. That’s smart. ($185, Alterre)

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Dancing shoes lucky brand wedges

Strappy, supportive wedges for your next outdoor party…

Enter: Your new favorite pair of dance shoes. These Lucky Brand wedges have got a linen upper and a classic braided espadrille heel. And they’re perfect for outside events so you won’t have to worry about a heel sinking into the grass. They’re giving stylish support no matter what the night holds. ($69.99+, Amazon)

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Sam Edelman dancing shoes flats
Sam Edelman

Elegant comfort flats with a chic pointed toe…

And a scrunched back strap. Slip these on for running errands or grabbing drinks after work. The leather slingbacks come in five colors, and we won’t blame you if you snag more than one — we’re right there with ya. Pssst…the pistachio ones are on sale. ($79.95+, Sam Edelman)

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A puffy sandal just begging to be paired with a dress…

These square-toed beauties have a manageable kitten heel that won’t slow you down even after hours of wear. Choose from black, camel, or white. Take it from us, Alohas makes some of the most comfortable shoes we’ve ever worn. Click-click. ($73.50+, Amazon)

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A platform heel you’ll never get tired of wearing…

Hear us out, Michael Kors heels. We’ve been keeping this secret for years, but we’re finally ready to clue you in. These zip-up platforms are so comfortable, we have them in both brown and black, and we’re not the only ones. Many reviewers say they’re on their second pair. ($125, Macy’s)

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Steve Madden

Platform sandals that’ll take you back to the ’90s…

The stretchy fabric upper will give as you move about and won’t cut into your feet even if they’re swollen from the heat. The platform sole is comfy, and they look good with dresses, skirts, or denim shorts and a tank. They come in black, plus two bright colors. ($89.95, Steve Madden)

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Wrap around heels
Sadi Studios

Wrap-around heels that’ll steal the show…

If loud and bold is your vibe, these are the perfect pair to throw on for your night out on the dance floor. They come in four different styles (we can’t get enough of the blinged-out rhinestones) and have a long strap that wraps up your ankle for a bit of extra flair. Time to boogie-woogie. ($199, Sadi Studios)

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