If you’re searching for a wedding day flat that goes beyond the basics, the Yosi Samra bridal line may be perfect for you (or your bridesmaids, or your flower girl)! With soft metallics, glitter, and feathers, Yosi Samra has you covered. After three years and half a dozen pairs, we have all the details you’ll want to know before you buy!
Last spring, Yosi Samra introduced the “Hitched” bridal line, which includes some shoes that look the same as existing ones (e.g., the similarities between the non-bridal nude flats and bridal nude flats).
The bridal line comes with a blue insole and a blue box, instead of the standard black box (plus, it says “to have and to fold” on the inside of the lid). The dust bag for the shoes is white and satin-y, vs. the usual black fabric.
Yosi Samra “Samara” flats
The “Samara” is Yosi Samra’s standard soft, foldable flat. I have four pairs of Samara flats in a variety of colors, including calf-hair leopard and a gold metallic, and all of them were comfortable from the moment I put them on.
The metallic bridal flats have a subtle sheen to them, as you can see in the photo of the sapphire flats ($86).
Yosi Samra “Serena” glitter flats
The Samara is more of a fitted shoe, while the “Serena” glitter is much stiffer (black glitter and platinum glitter, both $106 – they’re also available in white, champagne, sapphire, and a pinkish color called “jazzberry”). When the “Hitched” line was originally introduced, I ordered two pairs for my wedding in my usual size 7. The sizing was completely off – the Serenas were about half an inch shorter than my Samaras. They were also incredibly stiff; even the elastic didn’t seem as comfortable.
I re-ordered the glitter Serenas in a size 8, which fit somewhat better, though a bit too large. The sizing is important for flats that’re this soft, as the excess material will bunch at your heel. I wasn’t able to return the size 8s, as the return window had closed, so I was stuck with two ill-fitting pairs of shoes.
This summer, out of curiosity, I ordered a pair of the rose gold glitter Serena flats ($106). These fit like my standard size 7s, but were still stiffer than the Samaras. I e-mailed customer service to see what was going on with the sizing, and was told that, indeed, they’d worked to make the sizing more consistent. I still wasn’t able to swap out my old, too-large shoes, but I’m glad they standardized the fit of the different styles.
Yosi Samra “Marry Me Marabou” flats
The first time I saw the “Marry Me Marabou” flats ($126), I knew I needed them to wear the morning of my wedding. I thought the fluffy feathers would be adorable, and ordered them in rose gold / blush (they also come in sapphire, white, and pink). The “Marry Me” flats were the same fabric and feel as the Samaras, which was good, but the marabou was out of control. The feathers stuck out in all directions, and went about 3” off the top of the shoe.
I contemplated keeping them and cutting about half the length off, but wasn’t sure how they’d look, and didn’t want to waste the money if my modifications failed. I sent a picture of the shoes to S, whose skepticism confirmed my suspicions, and back they went.
The rose gold glitter Serena flats were more pink than the rose gold / blush “Marry Me Marabou” flats, as you can see in the photo above.
Yosi Samra shoes come in whole sizes from 5-11. They recommend sizing up if you’re a half size (see the size chart here). I’m a pretty true size 7, with a slightly wide foot, and the 7s fit me perfectly.
If you’re looking to outfit girls in the same shoes as your bridesmaids, Yosi Samra has you covered! You can find these in sizes for toddlers up to “big kids” (size 4, so a woman’s size 6).
Price & customer service
Foldable flats from Yosi Samra, currently, range from $86-126, for the standard leather up to the fancy marabou flats. The “Hitched” line is often excluded from promotions, but this summer, there was a 40% off sale that didn’t exclude the bridal line. If you’re interested in Yosi Samra flats for your wedding, I’d suggest starting early and keeping an eye out for sales. Around the holidays, you can expect to see 30% off (or more), and the bridal pairs may be eligible.
Brides can get a deal on shoes for their bridal party from Yosi Samra: When I looked into options for my wedding, bridal discounts were 20% off for 8 or more pairs, 25% off for 12 or more, 30% off for 25 or more, and 35% off for 50 or more – maybe it’s just me, but I can’t imagine ever ordering shoes for 50 people. If you can catch a sale, you’d be better off doing so.
Shipping is free if you spend $125, but returns are not (you’ll have to ship them back yourself). Returns / exchanges can be made for 30 days, and it’s a pretty hard-and-fast policy. I ordered a pair for Steph for her birthday a few years ago, and she wanted to exchange for size, but I had bought them more than a month before her birthday, so the company said no.
I’ve purchased a few pairs of Yosi Samra shoes from Nordstrom and other sites, where you can sometimes find certain colors on sale. The “Hitched” lines are only available from Yosi Samra, as far as I can tell, but you can find the standard leather (which comes in nude, black, navy, etc.) and some of the glitter options elsewhere.
Right now, for example, you can buy some of the glitter options from Amazon (via ShopBop at 25-30% off), or selected kids’ glitter (known as the “Sammie”) on sale, too.
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There’s fairly minimal padding in foldable Yosi Samra flats. If you’re walking on uneven ground, you’ll feel it. I’ve worn my YS shoes for extended periods of walking and standing without discomfort, but these aren’t sneakers or other padded shoes.
Some people may find the all-around elastic uncomfortable. I’ve never had an issue with it, but I can imagine how it might dig into some people’s heels.
This is where I’m going to knock my Yosi Samra flats the most. My calf-hair leopard flats have worn well (with some scuffing at the heel), but my gold metallic flats (which feel like a thinner fabric) have torn away from the soles in three places. I’ve glued them back together, but it’s only a matter of time before they’re worn out. I’d estimate having worn the gold flats maybe 20 times, vs. more like 50-60 times for the leopard ones.
I had a pair of shiny pink “city flats” from Gap many years ago, and I wore them every week until they started to rip. I was sad but not surprised, but for an $80-100 shoe, I’d expect them to hold up longer.
Yosi Samra vs. Tieks
If you want a cute, foldable wedding flat, these are the two options I’d suggest (our Tieks review, here). Both are foldable, with rubber split-soles, and come in a variety of colors perfect for weddings. So, which one’s right for you?
Tieks come in a wider variety of colors, but Yosi Samra has more fabrics (glitter, suede, etc.) Both companies make whole sizes only, but Tieks come in larger sizes, so if you wear larger than a woman’s 11, Yosi Samra may not work for you. Yosi Samra does have the kids’ sizing, however, if you’d like to match flower girls’ shoes to your bridesmaids’. The Yosi Samra “rose gold” glitter is much pinker than the “rose gold” metallic Tieks, which look more copper in person, as in the photo below.
On price, Yosi Samra wins. The shoes are about half the price, and you can pick up a pair on one of the company’s sales. Tieks haven’t been available with promo codes for years, so you’ll be paying full price for those.
For wedding party discounts, it’s much easier to hit the Tieks limit (4+ pairs in the same color gets you 20% off, vs. 8+ for Yosi Samra). You’ll be spending more per pair, of course, but you would also get a free pair (up to $200) for yourself.
If you’re concerned about durability, however, I have to give the nod to Tieks. The higher price point means a thicker fabric, and my Tieks have been worn more frequently, over a longer period of time, and held up much better.
Have you picked up a pair of “Hitched” flats for your wedding, either for yourself or bridesmaids? Let us know what you think – leave a comment below or connect with us on social media!
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