Go On and Get Your Feet Wet: These 26 Beach Wedding Shoes are Perfect for a Seaside Ceremony

Check out our top picks for brides, grooms and guests.
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Sofia Deeb
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  • Sofia writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide with a specialty in fashion and e-commerce.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Sofia was a writer for Santa Barbara Life and Style Magazine.
  • Sofia studied cultural anthropology and journalism at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Updated May 03, 2023
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Finding the perfect wedding shoes is no day at the beach. While trying to strike a balance between style and all-day comfort, it can feel like your options are limited. The search for beach wedding shoes can be particularly daunting, especially when you consider that you won't be walking on a smooth, even surface. Thankfully, you don't have to bury your head in the sand where logistics are involved. Whether you're planning your own ceremony by the sea, or attending one as a guest, there are plenty of footwear options that will keep you comfortable without sacrificing on style.

Ahead of wedding season, we've rounded up the best beach wedding shoes for brides, grooms and guests who are heading to the coast. Keep reading to discover 26 of our top picks for every style and budget. Then, head over to our complete guide to beach wedding attire to finish planning your summer ensemble.

What Shoes to Wear to a Beach Wedding

Bridal stylist, Maradee Wahl explains that, "many brides love the idea of a barefoot wedding right on the sand," but that doesn't mean you can forgo footwear altogether. It's important to have a functional pair of shoes to get you to and from the venue, as well as for the reception. Walsh recommends opting for wedges instead of traditional pumps as, "they offer more support when you're standing on a sandy beach." Block heels, sandals and flats all make excellent options as well. Basically, steer clear of anything with a thin heel that can easily get stuck in the sand.

For grooms, similar advice applies. Going barefoot is always an option, but you'll still want to have a comfortable pair of shoes on hand. Since they're flat, regular dress shoes will do the trick, however, you could also embrace the setting and opt for a pair of shoes that was made for the beach, like boat shoes or huaraches. The decision should be based largely on the dress code of the event.

Do You Wear Shoes to a Beach Wedding?

For guests, the short answer: It depends. It's not uncommon to forego shoes for a ceremony in the sand, but you certainly wouldn't want to do so without the couple's approval. Look for info regarding footwear in the dress code. If it's not explicitly outlined, our best advice would be to go with the flow (no pun intended). Plan on arriving with shoes, and if the couple and wedding party are barefoot, take that as your go ahead to join.

Best Beach Wedding Shoes for Bride

If you're a bride-to-be who only owns stilettos, it's not too late to turn the tide. These eight options are sure to pair perfectly with your beach wedding dress.

Best Overall: Loeffler Randall Dahlia Pearl Pleated Bow Heel

For nuptials on the sand, an open toe is the way to go. Between its pleated detailing and signature bow, this pair strikes a perfect balance between beachy and bridal. Plus, its sturdy block heel will ensure you won't get stuck in the sand.

Best Sandals: Reformation Peridot Mignon Knot Flat Sandal

Cute and casual—what's not to love about these simple sandals? With a cushioned sole and subtle heel, they're guaranteed to keep you comfortable from the sea shore to the dance floor.

Best Flats: Badgley Mischka Fawn Mesh Ankle-Strap Ballerina Flats

When it comes to walking on the beach, flats are always a safe bet. Because this pair features an open back and breathable lace front, you won't have to worry about getting sand between your toes. Plus, how cute is its pearl embellished strap?

Best Wedges: Jimmy Choo Latte Nappa Leather Wedges with Crystal Straps

A ceremony on the sand doesn't mean you have to forgo heels (or bridal glam). With a comfortable wedge heel, secure ankle strap and eye-catching crystal embellishments, this pair is as functional as it is elegant.

Best Espadrille: Castaner Carina Wedge Platform Espadrille

A woven heel made from natural fibers gives this pair of espadrilles a distinctive summer look. Pair them with a boho maxi gown and you've got yourself a wedding ready look.

Best for Re-Wearing: Reformation Meena Toe Ring Block Heel Sandal

If you're looking for a pair of shoes to take you from your wedding day to everyday, you can't go wrong with these heeled sandals. Their minimalist design means they'll match with everything, and we can guarantee they'll quickly make their way into your wardrobe rotation after the big day.

Best Trendy Option: Dolce Vita River Pearl Heels

Did somebody say pearlcore? In case you haven't been keeping tabs, pearls are the latest trend sweeping the internet. Luckily, they also lend themselves nicely to bridal attire. This trendy pair of sandals features pearl-adorned straps, and a sturdy block heel.

Best Budget: Lulus Darryian White Ankle Strap Sandals

Between being cute, comfortable and casual, this pair of white strappy sandals checks off all our boxes—its price tag is just the icing on the cake. Because they can easily be dressed up or down, we can bet you'll be reaching for them long after the wedding.

Best Mens Beach Wedding Shoes

Heading to a beach wedding and not sure what shoes to wear? Dip your toes into the world of beach wedding shoes by checking out these eight styles.

Best Overall: Rothy's The Ravello Loafer

As our go-to choice for summer nuptials, this pair of loafers will not only look great on the sand, but can actually help protect ocean ecosystems too. Made from recycled plastic bottles, they are durable, water resistant and machine washable. Plus, they come in a variety of colors.

Best Loafers: Taft The Monaco Loafer in Woven

Woven loafers and a seersucker suit; name a more iconic duo, we'll wait. Made from Italian leather and handcrafted in Spain, this pair has 'destination wedding' written all over them.

Best Lace-Up: Huckberry Weekender Chukka Boot

Go ahead, get your feet wet. These leather lace ups were made to last. Because they're water, stain and perspiration resistant, they're perfect for a day on the beach. Plus, they'll make an ideal everyday shoe option for after the wedding.

Best Huarache: Nisolo Men's Huarache Sandal

You won't have to worry about sand in your shoes when you step down the aisle in these stylish huaraches. Their lightweight and breathable woven design makes them ideal for sandy terrains. Pair them with a linen suit for a casual summer wedding look.

Best Mules: Sabah Men's Socorro Baba Socorro Black

Handmade from 100% leather, these mules are the key to achieving an effortless coastal aesthetic. Create a look with a bit of contrast by pairing them with a contrasting white suit. They're also available in 26 different colors.

Best Casual: Sperry Men's Authentic Original™ Boat Shoe

Lean into the nautical vibes with a pair of classic boat shoes. For a casual dress code, you can't go wrong by pairing them with cuffed chinos and a linen button-up. We love that this option is gender neutral and available in a variety of colors.

Best Trendy Option: Manolo Blahnik Men's Woven Raffia Loafers

Picture this: These woven loafers, a linen suit and an aperol spritz in hand. Sounds like the perfect combination to us! If you're looking to make a statement during your beach wedding, these would have to be our pick.

Best Budget: Steve Madden Carrine Raffia

Everything about these loafers screams summer, and we're not just talking about their sandy color. Made from raffia and vegan leather, they're sure to keep you comfortable throughout your day spent on the sand.

Best Beach Wedding Shoes for Bridesmaids

When it comes to bridesmaid attire for beach weddings, function is just as important as style. We recommend opting for comfortable sandals or block heels, in neutral tones that won't distract from their group ensemble, or the setting.

Lulus Fallyn Naked Hazelnut Mules

If you're keen on the idea of going barefoot but not on having sandy feet, nude-colored shoes are the way to go. These simple sandals offer a 'barely there look' that will create uniformity amongst your bridesmaids.

Vicenza Raffia Platform Heels

Whoever said beauty is pain clearly never saw these platforms. With all the comfort of a sandal in a look that adds a bit of height, they're the best of both worlds. Plus, their natural look will pair seamlessly against the outdoor setting.

Nisolo Stella Go-To Block Heel Sandal

A neutral tone shoe goes with everything, so these nude heeled sandals are a great choice no matter what color dresses your bridesmaids will be wearing. We love that they're dressy enough for the altar, but comfortable enough for everyday wear.

Reformation Zolanda Platform Sandal

These '90s-inspired platforms are sure to take your look to the next level (quite literally). Because they feature a flat sole, they're an ideal option for prioritizing comfort without sacrificing on style.

Stuart Weitzman Loveknot 50 Block Slide

*Tie* together your bridesmaids' looks with a bow. Not only are these raffia block heels functional for a beach wedding, but they're also oh-so stylish.

Best Beach Wedding Sandals & Shoes for Guests

So, you've found an outfit for your day in the sun—what's next? Complete your look with one of these pairs of sand-ready shoes and you'll be well on your way to earning the title of 'best dressed guest'.

Seychelles Sweetener Heels

These platforms are practically begging to be worn on a tropical getaway. With a sturdy wooden heel and secure ankle strap, you can feel confident they'll hold up as you hit the dance floor. They're also available in a variety of festive colors.

Nisolo Alejandro Woven Slip On

Top off your laidback look with a classic pair of slip-ons. Featuring a breathable woven design and cushioned insoles, they're sure to keep you cool and comfortable through whatever the day may bring.

Reformation Millie Lattice Flat Sandals

These beach sandals are guaranteed to glisten in the summer sun. Because they're flat and feature a comfortable cushioned sole, you won't have to worry about changing shoes between the ceremony and the reception.

Toms Baja Slip on

For those who don't like to swim against the tide, how about something classic? Made from eco-friendly jute, and available in a variety of neutral tones, these slip-ons are an ideal option for a casual dress code wedding on the sand.

Seychelles Trinket Sandals

Sand between your toes will be a thing of the past when you arrive at the wedding in these stylish sandals. Pair them with a puff-sleeved smock and you've got yourself an adorable vintage-inspired look.

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