Weddings come in many forms. Some people prefer the casual sand and surf of a beachside ceremony while others insist on elaborate indoor affairs with sophisticated candles and black tie attire. The fun thing about this diverse catalog of options is you’re probably never going to attend the same wedding twice. (Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton being exceptions to this rule, of course.) On the other hand, having many different weddings to attend means your selection of outfits must be quite varied too. Obviously, there’s no way you’re wearing a springy beach dress to that glamorous black tie reception. Picking a few wedding appropriate dresses for different occasions will isn’t hard if you do your research. It’s a bit more of a challenge to find convincing shoes for every ceremony. To help you get over this hurdle effectively, here are some excellent options for you to try.
Do indulge in some classy satin slides. They aren’t great if you’re trudging through the sand, but if the wedding you’re attending in on a nearby patio these sandals are the perfect balance between beachwear and formal attire.
ANKLE WRAP SANDALS
There’s something surprisingly decadent about gracefully laced-up sandals. This pair from Loeffler Randall is particularly classy thanks to the star-studded string. Pleasant in the sand or further inland, they are a must have for summery outdoor ceremonies.
NICELY KNOTTED STRINGS
A little secret about wedding shoes is they’re the one thing you can out-dress the bride with. No one’s really going to notice if your beach sandals are more decorative than her silvery flats. Find a design like this with a shimmering finesse. Your feet deserve it.
Crystal embellished stilettos are all the rave this season. Since you have a little leeway to outdo the bride in footwear, you can afford something fancy like these satin heels with golden florals at the toe. At a black tie wedding, they’ll fit right in.
Obviously, these bright magenta heels will only work with a vibrant color palette, but if you sense a festive spirit from the wedding invitation, go ahead and risk it. These are Manolo Blahnik, after all. Besides, the rave 90s are popping up everywhere.
When the occasion is more modest but not quite casual enough for sandals, low heels with a stunning accent are your best bet. Try a color like turquoise to keep things bright and interesting.
Thick-heeled and structured to have a distinct gradual incline from heel top to floor, these shoes are a master class in masterful footwear design. They’ll give you a slight boost in height while adding a strong but subtle splash of yellow to a pastel color palette.
There are plenty of footwear options to keep your feet decoratively clad at a destination wedding. Think of this design as a celebratory conglomeration of all those colorful options. Let it inspire you when you’re out shopping. It’s a little too gaudy to pull off at the ceremony.
If you combine power pumps from the 80s with a minimalist print, you get the ultimate garden party shoe. This is more of a reception look to switch into once you’ve tired of your ceremony choice. It’s not a bad idea to bring two pairs of shoes to the wedding. You never know when your feet might start begging for a change.
Get serious about what you wear on your feet to attend weddings. It’s a far more important detail than you think. Sure, people will notice and comment on what dress you wear, but the true fashionistas want more. Show them your well-shod feet and everyone will leave happy.
— Scarlett Price