28 Beach Wedding Shoes That Are Stylish and Sand-Ready
You may not realize it, but there are tons of options for stylish beach wedding shoes if you're tying the knot on the beach.
"Many brides love the idea of a barefoot wedding right on the sand," says bridal stylist Maradee Wahl. "But be sure to buy glamorous flats or sandals for later" if you're leaving the actual beach. Just keep everyone in the loop at your fitting. If you plan on going shoeless and then want to change into heels at your reception, your seamstress will have to take that into consideration when determining the length of your hem.
If sand between your toes isn't your thing, Walsh recommends wearing wedge heels instead of pointy ones. "They offer more support when you're standing on a sandy beach." We're also big fans of block heels, but there's nothing wrong with flats in this case either (remember, it's your wedding, so you determine the dress code). If you do decide to wear shoes on the beach, we strongly recommend putting down some sort of solid walkway.
If you're a groom, similar advice applies to men's beach wedding shoes. You're welcome to go barefoot—otherwise, think carefully about your footwear. Depending on your event's formality, you may stick to regular dress shoes. But as with any beach wedding, you can also choose to have fun with your dress code—anything from classy boat shoes to sandals is fair game.
Whether you're shopping for sand-ready ceremony shoes or just looking for beachy reception kicks, we've rounded up some creative women's and men's beach wedding shoes to try. Get inspired—or better yet, buy your nuptial footwear on the spot.
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).
Wear these wedges and feel as iconic as the label sewn into them. The heel is sturdy, the jute fabric is beachy, and the shimmer is so glam.
Christian Louboutin Almeria 120 leather espadrille wedge sandals, $720, Net-a-Porter.com
Rock Valentino's signature studs without twisting an ankle (sorry, stilettos). These casual beach wedding sandals come in multiple neutral shades.
Valentino Garavani Rockstud sandal, $495, Nordstrom.com
Looking for something simple yet chic? These open-toe sandals are a sophisticated choice for a beach wedding. Consider them your something blue (but they also come in beachy coral).
Mari Giudicelli May sandals in Nuvem, $430, Shopbop.com
Yep, Zappos sells tons of (affordable!) beach wedding shoes. These d'Orsay flats prove you don't have to give up a romantic rhinestone look for a beach wedding. The shoes are easy-breezy to slip on and off and offer all the support for your walk down the aisle.
Blue by Betsey Johnson Lucy flat, $99, Zappos.com
Now this is how you make an elegant flat sandal. The shape feels beachy, but the embellishments scream "formal affair."
Jeffrey Campbell Adalia slide sandal, $130, Nordstrom.com
These dreamy wrap-around espadrilles are super stylish and summery. Just be wary—sand can get stuck in those closed toes, so they're best worn on some sort of sturdy aisle down the beach (or on the boardwalk!).
ASOS DESIGN Jaylen espadrille wedges in White, $48, ASOS.com
Who knew you could score designer shoes on Amazon? Thanks to their partnership with Shopbop, you can. These modern slides have a hidden toe strap to keep them extra-secure and perfect for a beach wedding.
The Palatines Caeleste origami slides in White, $170, Amazon.com
If you're not convinced that neutral wedges were practically made to be beach wedding shoes, here's another example to drive the point home.
Calvin Klein Bellamine espadrille wedge sandal, $110, Nordstrom.com
Looking for your something blue? Look no further. These mesh block-heel sandals are pretty and airy (which means a lot when you're standing on a hot beach).
Nina Ganice sandals in New Navy, $79, Zappos.com
Obsessed with beach motifs and not afraid to make a style statement? Say hello to these ankle tie sandals made from bold, nautical robe.
Aquazzura Surf sandal flats, $795, Shopbop.com
A peep toe lets you shake these beach wedding shoes out without taking them off (win). Plus, the white lace is oh-so bridal.
Bella Belle Carrie T-strap flats, $190, BHLDN.com
Glam gold accents undeniably elevate these luxe Louboutin wedges.
Christian Louboutin Pyraclou studded platform wedge sandal, $795, Nordstrom.com
These beach wedding shoes are totally on-theme, especially since the squiggle straps resemble waves.
Patricia Green Palm Beach slide sandal, from $195, Nordstrom.com
Whimsical stars upgrade these strappy, gladiator-inspired beach wedding sandals.
Loeffler Randall Starla sandals, $195, Shopbop.com
Beach Wedding Shoes for a Groom
Searching for unique men's beach wedding shoes? You've come to the right place. Here are some suggestions for the groom who isn't wearing standard dress shoes. We've included everything from cooling kicks (beware of warm-weather sweat) to ones that are simply casual-chic.
These handcrafted sandals are made from soft leather in an ethical factory. The interwoven leather strips create a stylish shoe that won't overheat, exactly what a beach wedding calls for.
Nisolo Huarache sandals in Brandy, $138, Nisolo.com
Think of these beach wedding shoes as the perfect blend between a boat shoe and a fancier loafer.
Bruno Magli Alfio tassle loafer, $395, Nordstrom.com
Of course, actual boat shoes can also serve as men's beach wedding shoes. Gold eyelets make these feel more formal.
Sperry Authentic Original boat shoes, $95, Zappos.com
Buy these penny loafers in any color, though we're partial toward the ocean blue version. The jute trim makes them refreshingly tropical.
Mezlan Battani penny loafers, $375, MezlanWarehouse.com
We picked these Spanish loafers as beach wedding shoes for their surprising, lightweight and sand-ready sole.
Magnanni Laguna penny loafer, $299, Nordstrom.com
The leather makes these comfort-first boat shoes refined enough for a casual event. Because your feet need support, especially on the wedding day!
Clarks Un Pilot boat shoe in Tan Leather, $130, Nordstrom.com
We like the wooden look of these thick soles, which will keep your feet farther away from creeping sand.
ASOS DESIGN loafers in Black Leather with Natural Sole and Fringe Detail, $72, ASOS.com
These derbys manage to maintain both style and simplicity. They also come in Cognac.
Zanzara Kenny navy embossed derbys, $130, MensWearhouse.com
Don't want to feel the sand between your toes, but definitely want to feel the breeze? These perforated lace-ups are for you.
Soludos mesh lace up derbies, $75, EastDane.com
While you probably don't want to get these corduroy smoking slippers anywhere near water, the anchor embroidery is calling all beach-adoring grooms' names. Save these kicks for your reception.
Sperry Overlook textile smoking slipper, $104, SaksOff5th.com
Slip-on resort-ready lounge loafers. These comfortable shoes are the marriage between simple style and true convenience. Need we say more?
Mezlan Malaga loafers in Cognac, $350, Zappos.com
Yep, there are men's espadrilles too. The waterproof suede on these charming Italian shoes should be up to the challenge of a seaside wedding. Just don't forget to take them off if you go for a quick swim.
TOD'S Mocassino espadrille, $545, Nordstrom.com
Here's another elevated boat shoe to support your sea legs.
Jack Erwin Cooper boat shoe, $125, JackErwin.com
These ventilated loafers are especially dapper—just be sure to treat them with leather protectant before taking them to the beach.
River Island leather woven loafer in Navy, $79, ASOS.com
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Updated March 2020