Who says that brides need sky­high heels to look sexy? Mod­ern women are open­ing up to the idea of comfy bridal sneak­ers and flats

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The mod­ern bride is no Cin­derella. She is a con­fi­dent, self-as­sured woman in­stead, who doesn’t de­pend on a pair of cum­ber­some six-inch­ers to look sexy.

So, what is she go­ing to wear with her lehenga on her D-day, if not sexy, gilded heels? Drum­roll for bridal sneak­ers and flats! A grow­ing num­ber of brides across the world are swap­ping heels with com­fort­able flats. We saw ac­tor Anushka Sharma go for em­bel­lished jut­tis for her wed­ding, and she surely made the trend even more pop­u­lar.

“Heels were ap­par­ently in­vented for women to look taller and slim­mer, but to­day’s mod­ern woman is happy the way she is. She is will­ing to ac­cept her body and un­der­stands that it’s her con­fi­dence that makes her sexy, not a pair of heels. Brides are hap­pier with fun op­tions such as flat jut­tis, kol­ha­puris, and even sneak­ers,” says de­signer Rina Dhaka.

In­ter­na­tion­ally, bridal flats have be­come in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar over the last few years. Brides in the West are pair­ing their wed­ding gowns with em­bel­lished sneak­ers, cus­tom made for wed­dings. In fact, Keds and Kate Spade re­cently cre­ated a bridal col­lec­tion featuring em­bel­lished sneak­ers, merg­ing style with util­ity.

Footwear de­sign­ers in In­dia are also re­ceiv­ing re­quests for cus­tom-made flats, sneak­ers, and flat­form shoes to go with the bride’s lehenga. The rea­sons are many. “Brides have now be­come more prac­ti­cal, and com­fort­able op­tions like flats work well for them. Our wed­dings are an in­sanely long af­fair, so com­fort be­comes key. To sur­vive those hec­tic days, heavy cloth­ing, danc­ing, run­ning around, you want com­fort­able footwear that doesn’t kill your feet the way heels do,” says footwear de­signer Shirin Mann.

“Wear­ing heels for long hours make the calf mus­cles sore due to the an­gu­lar place­ment of the foot. No sur­prise then that I’m get­ting a large num­ber of or­ders for cus­tomised bridal flats,” shares footwear de­signer Swati Modo.


“The trend will lean to­wards colour on colour — fuch­sia pink lehenga with fuch­sia jut­tis or peach sari with peach jut­tis are in. Em­bel­lish­ments such as ghun­groos, pearls, Swarovski, and tassles are also pop­u­lar,” says Mann. “While pa­per-flat footwear are most pre­ferred, the brides who want some el­e­va­tion opt for flat­forms with 1.5 inch of height,” says Modo.


“I love heels, but on the day of my wed­ding, be­ing com­fort­able was im­por­tant for me. That’s why I chose sneak­ers. When I look back, I want mem­o­ries of hav­ing fun rather than be­ing in dis­com­fort,” says blog­ger Aanam Chash­mawala, who paired her lehenga with gold sneak­ers. An­other bride, who wore jut­ties, says she couldn’t think of any­thing more com­fort­able for the wed­ding, “I wore four dif­fer­ent pairs through­out my wed­ding events, and my feet were thank­ing me later,” says Nimi Gill from Cal­i­for­nia.

Aanam Chash­mawala wear­ing gold sneak­ers with her lehenga

Nimi Gill chose jut­ties for all her wed­ding events

Shriya Baath matched her jut­tis with her lehenga

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