Shoes to Wear at Your Beach Wedding

September 25, 2020
Words by Kacey Mya
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Once you find a beachfront venue that makes your heart skip a beat, walking down the aisle in the glow of the setting sun may be the only thing on your mind. While you browse seashell decor and coastal color palettes, you should also think about what shoes you’ll pair with your wedding dress.

Beachfront brides have the perfect venue for a romantic ceremony, but it’s challenging to find the right shoes to match your wedding’s elegance with the casual sandy environment. Make your final selection easier by checking out the perfect shoes to wear to your beach wedding. With a little time and research, you’ll find the best coastal wedding shoes that match your bridal style:

Tanya Sandals from BY FAR available on shopbop

1. Bedazzled Slide Sandals

You don’t want to wear flip flops under your wedding dress, but slide sandals can be an easy replacement. They’re simple to slip on and have a wide heel that’s easy to navigate across the dunes. Look for a sparkly pair that’s more dressed up or sandals made with woven suede or leather strips.

Shauna Sandal by Kate Spade available at DSW

2. Short Strappy Heels

Strappy heels are another comfortable footwear option that won’t sink into the warm sand. They’re pleasant to wear with most summer styles, so you can use them before, during and after your wedding. They offer a convenient, trendy shoe that many women enjoy wearing. See if your bridal party can match the same heels with their dresses, too.

White Lace Pointy Toe Flats by Kailee P. available on Etsy

3. Airy Lace Flats

Flats are breathable footwear that negate the potential problems that come with wearing heels on the beach, but they can also collect sand and sweat. Look for a pair of lacy flats to match your gown and allow for more circulation. You may even wear these shoes to brunch or holiday parties after your wedding, which is perfect for brides who don’t often splurge on themselves.

Clear Strappy Rhinestones Gladiator Heels by Yolkomo available on Amazon

4. Chunky Statement Heels

Even if your wedding dress skims the ground as you walk, you can still make a statement with chunky heels. Instead of going for a classic style, look for vibrant inspiration that takes your heels to the next level. You could pose for pictures in heels that make it look like you’re standing on butterflies, pearls or the work of futuristic fashion icons. Try on the wildest designs, but always make sure they’re stable enough for walking across the beach.

Clemens Espadrille Wedge Sandals by Franco Sarto available at Nordstrom

5. Cute Summer Wedges

Wedges are the perfect shoes to pair with formal dresses because they have class and lend stability. Whether you fall in love with a pair made of satin, silk or jewels, they’ll give you arch support and style while you dance the night away at your reception.

Robbia Pump by Nina available at DSW

6. Wide Peep-Toe Heels

Peep-toe heels are another way to air out your feet and avoid sweaty toes on the dance floor. They also typically have a wide base, even if the heels look more like stilettos. They could be exactly what you’re looking for if you want the skinny, tall heeled look without too much risk. A wide base gives you a soft, safe place for your feet to land if you practice landing toe-first instead of with your heels.

Practice Walking Early

It’s always exciting to find an excuse to slip away to the beach for a quick weekend away, which is precisely what you’ll get to do before your wedding. Find a few of these shoe styles and pack your favorites in your vacation bag. Practice walking around on the boardwalk, sand and general hard surfaces to see which ones are most comfortable. You’ll quickly find the perfect shoes to wear to your beach wedding and get back to planning all the other details that will pull everything together.

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