The best shoes for a beach wedding .

These beach wedding sandals are perfect for you if you are getting hitched on the beach. Sure, you can go barefoot, but do you really want to do that on such a special occasion? Wearing something special on your feet that is both stunning and comfortable, is something you absolutely deserve on your big day. 

Best of all, you can re-wear them on your honeymoon or any summer night out in town! The biggest mistake in our book is only to wear your shoes once. Instead, get the most out of them. Make it a beautiful tradition and re-wear your wedding shoes or sandals on your anniversary for many years to come. You’ll be able to relive all the special memories with your spouse. 

Wedding beach sandals are the most popular and top choice for brides who are getting married on the beach. They are easy to wear, breezy and chic but also casual enough for the laid back affair. You also don’t have to worry about sand being stuck inside your shoes. 

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Beach Wedding Shoes for a Bride

We’ve picked the following beach wedding shoes based on a few key factors. They’re sturdy (think: thick, short or nonexistent heels), open (so sand can easily slide in and out) or otherwise on-theme (read: they’re special enough for a wedding, but wouldn’t look out of place on a beach).

The perfect wedding shoes will depend on the theme, venue, and your personal style. Beach weddings are often somewhat laidback with more of a rustic or boho theme, but this isn’t always the case. Oceanside matrimony can also be an elegantly modern event. For a destination wedding, the aesthetic might be more tropical. No matter what the vibe is, the perfect beach wedding sandals are out there.

As a bride, you want every last detail of your dream wedding to be flawless, and this includes your footwear. Many brides opt for sandals on their wedding day, even if they don’t tie the knot at the beach. While some are more formal than others and might be better for an indoor celebration, there are plenty of types of sandals to choose from. When it’s your wedding, you get to set the tone of the dress code.

Laidback and Carefree Wedding: Flat-Soled Sandals

For a laidback and carefree bridal look, you may want to wear flat-soled sandals. But just because your shoes aren’t elevated, it doesn’t mean you won’t look the part. You can find flat sandals with pretty embellishments and chic detailing, as well as simpler designs that won’t distract from your dress. 

Casual Wedding: Flip Flops

If your beach wedding is more casual, there’s no shame in rocking flip-flops. That being said, you might want to consider a contoured toe-post sandal. Just keep in mind that with a flatter sole, you might be dealing with sand in between your toes. Of course, this comes with the territory of a beach wedding—literally.

Elevated Wedding: Wedges/Platforms

Do you want to wear more high-heeled shoes? If so, the best beach wedding shoes for brides are wedge heels or platform sandals. Unlike other types of heels, wedges and platforms won’t sink into the sand, which you definitely want to avoid when walking down the aisle. We love the look of cork, wood, and leather-bound rubber soles, as well as espadrilles. Now you may be wondering, what are espadrilles and why are they a good option? They will be perfect for both style and comfort on your special day.

Oceanside Wedding: Block Heels

If you’re getting married on an oceanside deck, a grassy lawn, or an otherwise non-sandy platform, block heels can also be a great option. They come in varying heel heights, different strap designs, and endless colours. Block heels are comfortable yet elegant, and they’ll keep you steady on your feet. 

Whether you go for flat sandals or an elevated option, make sure you take the height into account at your dress fittings. If you remove your shoes for pictures, will your dress drag in the sand? Where will the hem fall when you wear wedges versus flat sandals? Bring your shoes with you for your fittings and discuss your plans to keep them on or off with your tailor. In most cases, there’s a happy medium hem length that’ll work for all scenarios.

Beach Wedding Sandals for Bridesmaids

As we mentioned above, some beach weddings plan for a barefoot walk down the aisle or barefoot photos splashing in the tide. And yet, each bridesmaid should still have a designated pair of shoes for the wedding. Bridesmaid sandals won’t necessarily be different than bridal footwear in terms of style.

The best beach wedding sandals for bridesmaids include:

  • Flip-flops or toe-post sandals
  • Flat-soled strappy sandals
  • Gladiator-style sandals
  • Espadrilles
  • Slides
  • Wedges
  • Platform sandals
  • Block-heeled sandals

For a cohesive look, select elegant bridesmaid sandals that complement your bridal shoes but in a slightly different style. For example, if you opt for platform slides, your bridesmaids could wear flat slides. Alternatively, bridesmaid shoes can be the exact same as the bride’s in a different colour or with less embellishment.

Beach Wedding Sandals for Groom

If you’ve also got your eye out for beach wedding sandals for your groom, we recommend toe post sandals or double-strap slides. For a more polished look, opt for leather sandals. Boat shoes or slip-on espadrilles can also work. However, if you’re having a formal beach wedding, closed-toed comfortable dress shoes such as oxfords or loafers might be the way to go.

Beaches pose particular issues regarding footwear for guys. For many of us, it isn’t easy to picture wearing anything but a dress shoe with a suit. Being on a beach, however, changes the game a bit.

Here are some of the best footwear options for men involved in beach weddings:

Flip Flops

Quintessential beach footwear, flip-flops are great, particularly if you’re wearing shorts or just trousers and a linen shirt. Make sure that they’re on the dressier side (insofar as flip-flops can be dressy). Nothing athletic-inspired, nothing super bulky. Just slim, streamlined, and (ideally) with leather straps. Most importantly, ensure that your toes are not gross. Get a pedicure or even medical treatment if you have to.

Boat Shoes

We know you won’t be on a boat during your ceremony. But boat shoes are a great hot-weather shoe whose nautical heritage speaks directly to the huge body of water next to which you’re getting married.

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No Shoes

Going shoeless is an option. It is the beach, after all…

If you go this route, make sure that you’re standing on a blanket or something. There’s no pain in the world like bare feet on the hot sand.

Driving Shoes

Another misnomer, driving shoes are made for driving but are barely ever worn for that purpose exclusively. Comfortable and casual but still slim and handsome, drivers are great for beach weddings.

Slides

A cousin of the flip-flop, they live in the same sartorial plane. Same suggestions apply with regard to material and foot grossness.

Sneakers

A cream-coloured linen suit with white Chuck Taylors is perhaps a bit trendy, but it’s also fun. If you’re the kind of guy who lives in sneakers and is getting married on a beach, consider this option.

Beach Wedding Sandals for Groomsmen

Whatever shoes the groom wears, the groomsmen can typically follow suit. While they can certainly be a different style, it’s not uncommon for groomsmen to wear the same shoes and suit as the groom. For beachy groomsmen footwear, we suggest leather toe-post sandals, slides, espadrilles, boat shoes, or, as we mentioned above, dress shoes. Canvas sneakers can also work well with laidback oceanside weddings.

Be sure to prioritise comfort when picking out footwear for everyone in your wedding party, especially if you plan to keep them busy with bridesmaid or groomsman duties. As a bride, it’s up to you to provide your bridesmaids with guidance in terms of what shoes to wear. Whether you have a very specific style in mind, picture them wearing matching sandals, or want them to have the freedom to choose their shoes, be sure to communicate this.

Things To Consider When Buying Your Bridal Shoes

Comfort

There is a reason this is number one!! It is the most important! Imagine spending the whole of your wedding day with sore feet or blisters and ending up hanging off your groom during the first dance! Know what is comfortable for you and try on different styles, materials, heel heights etc.

Quality

This is the second point because it often goes hand-in-hand with comfort. Investing in a good quality pair of shoes usually helps you to feel comfortable, as they have been manufactured specifically with brides in mind, who are often standing up for several hours. Good quality shoes will be made of soft natural materials and will have additional cushioning and padding to eliminate rubbing and blisters.

Heel Height

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to heel height; it is just whatever you feel most comfortable in. If you wear heels day-to-day and are used to walking around in stilettos, then you can probably go for a similar heel on your bridal shoe. However, if you prefer flats on a day-to-day basis, it’s probably not a great idea to suddenly choose a 3-inch heel for your wedding day! You can get some beautiful flat bridal shoes, but if you would prefer a shoe with a heel, choose a low-mid heel, a wedge heel or a wider heel such as a block or spool, as they will give more support if you’re not used to heels. If you really want a high heel, opt for one with a platform as well which will give the elegance of a high heel but ensure you’re not tottering around on tiptoes all day.

Style

Your personal style and your wedding dress style might seem miles apart, so your bridal shoes are your chance to really show your personality. Many bridal gowns cover the feet, so the shoes you choose don’t necessarily have to match. That’s why many brides choose trainers, boots, or something blue. Perhaps you’ve chosen a white dress, but you’d like a pop of colour in your shoes? We have a satin range that can all be dyed to any colour of your choice! Or maybe there is room for a bit of extra sparkle on your footwear? This can be achieved by adding a shoe trim to make your shoes unique to you. Whatever you choose, take the opportunity to make a statement.

You must have your shoes for your dress fittings. This means that your dressmaker can tailor the hem of your wedding dress to the perfect length.

This is why we always suggest that you order your shoes with plenty of time, particularly if you are having them customised. This will take a lot of the pressure off you, and ensure that when the time of your big day comes around, everything is perfect.

Colour

Who says bridal shoes have to be ivory? The more traditional brides may wish to stick to these colours or go only slightly out-of-the-box with a gold, blush or oyster. But there is also the option to choose whatever colour you like! Yes, really! Blue, red, orange, yellow…any colour you like! You could choose to match the bridesmaids, the mother of the bride, the groom’s tie or just the colour of your choice! It is more likely that you can wear the shoes again if they are not white, but by purchasing satin shoes, you have the option of dyeing them before or after the wedding to get the most wear out of them!

Season

Depending on whether you choose to get married at home or abroad, the season and the weather may cause you to consider your bridal footwear quite carefully. The weather might be notoriously unpredictable in any season! However, for a winter wedding, when temperatures are guaranteed to be lower, you might want to consider a bridal boot or at least a closed-toe on your shoes. For a wedding in the middle of summer, although heat & sun is not guaranteed, you might want to choose a peep toe, which gives you a summery look, which still has the comfort and structure that you wouldn’t get with a strappy sandal.

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Venue

There are now so many types of wedding venues that it is important to consider what will be the most suitable footwear. For example, stiletto heels for a farm venue are not the best idea! Likewise, any type of heel is not ideal for a beach wedding! Perhaps your venue is a lovely stately home, and you think you don’t have any shoe restrictions but remember if you want to go outside and have photographs taken, you may want shoes that won’t sink into the grass!

When to Buy

You should buy your bridal shoes several months before your wedding for two reasons; the first being that you will need them for your dress fitting. This way, you can ensure that the length of your dress will be perfect on your big day. Secondly, you might want to wear your shoes around the house a few times to ‘break them in’ and also just because you love them!

Choosing your wedding shoes is never easy. There are such a wide variety of shapes, sizes, styles and colours and finding the pair that will work perfectly with the dress you’ve chosen, can seem like such a difficult decision.

Putting this list of top tips together – to help you understand what you should be thinking about before you buy, so you can be confident that you’re making the right decision.

Many details go into finalising your wedding day look—your hairstyle, your makeup, accessories—but second, only to the dress is your wedding shoes. The shoes you opt to wear on your wedding day are a big decision (you will wear them for hours on end) and there’s a lot to consider, such as heel height, style, and comfort level. Whether you’re looking to add a pop of personality to your ensemble or simply avoid aching feet, there are a few key steps when it comes to finding pumped up (or flat) kicks for the big day. 

 

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