25 Winter Wedding Guest Shoes for Every Style

'Tis the season to kick up your heels.
Two pairs of winter wedding guest shoes
Photos, left to right: ASOS, Lulus
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Elle Cashin
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Elle Cashin
The Knot Fashion Contributor
  • Elle writes for The Knot online with a focus on fashion, covering gown design trends and shoppable accessories.
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  • Prior to shifting to weddings, Elle covered lifestyle, culture and celebrity across Chicago as the editor of the Chicago Tribune’s SPLASH magazine, where she interviewed cele...
Updated Oct 25, 2023
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We get it: winter weddings can be tough to dress for. And winter wedding guest shoes? Even tougher. There are quite a few requirements: You need nearly full foot coverage to combat the cold coming and going—no strappy sandals here—but you need enough style to complement a cocktail dress or more formal gown. If you're opting for heels, you need something that won't have you sliding across the ice. To help you out, we've rounded up our 25 favorite styles for the winter season, featuring party-ready details like glitter and embellishments to channel the festive feel of the season, and practical wintry materials like leather and velvet. There's something for everyone—and every wedding theme—in the mix.

Steve Madden Katari Black Leather Booties

Steve Madden lace-up winter wedding guest booties
Photo: Steve Madden

This style truly checks all the boxes for winter wedding shoes: It's got a dressy stiletto heel, an elongated point toe, and a stylish open lacing design from toe to ankle. If you're looking for a statement shoe to go with your winter wedding outfit, this could be the perfect choice.

Betsey Johnson Cady Crystal Pavé Bootie

Bling, bling, who's there? Winter is the perfect time to add sparkle to your wardrobe, and there's no better place to shine than at a wedding. These crystal pavéd booties will dress up any minimalist little black dress, or send a sequined frock over the top.

Sam Edelman Veranda Mule Pump in Black Satin

Sam Edelman black satin mule pumps winter wedding guest shoes
Photo: Sam Edelman

These chic mules give us all the Christmas vibes, perfect for holiday-season weddings. The black satin fabric lends a wintry air, while the oversized bow detail adds a glamorous touch. They're also available in Dark Pear Satin and Soft Silver Metallic.

ASOS DESIGN Lake Bow Pointed Ballet Flats in Navy Velvet

Available in pink or navy velvet and wide or regular fit, these velvet ballet flats are fashion-forward and comfortable enough to hit the dance floor all night long. Fair warning: ASOS styles tend to go fast, but the site offers restock alerts sent directly to your phone.

Schutz Jewell Metallic Nappa Leather Sandal in Silver

Schutz silver leather sandals winter wedding guest shoes
Photo: Schutz

Add some glitz to your winter wedding outfit with these stunning silver sandals. Their metallic finish, high stiletto heels and gemstone embellishments make them ideal for a holiday party. They also come in equally festive Crystal and Black shades.

Marc Fisher LTD Caterina Ankle Strap Sandal in Dark Red

Marc Fisher LTD wine patent sandals winter wedding guest shoes
Photo: Nordstrom

Looking for a pair of wine-colored heels to go with your winter wedding guest outfit? Look no further. These elegant sandals from Marc Fisher LTD feature slim straps and a shiny patent finish for instant glam. They're also available in the shades Black and Light Natural.

Loeffler Randall Rivka Rose Knot Platform Sandals

After an onslaught of summer weddings, you're probably wondering what shoes to wear to a winter wedding. This style gives what you've gotten used to—a summery platform sandal silhouette—a wintry spin, thanks to tea rose-tinted velvet. Try it with tights to complete the cold-weather transition.

Karen Millen Satin Closed Toe Feather Heel in Purple

There are countless summery sandals with a trendy feather detail, but we searched long and hard for a closed-top option more apt for winter wedding guests on the big day. We found it in this Karen Millen style, beautiful in purple but also available in daring orange and timeless black satin. A demure diamante on the ankle clasp adds the tiniest hint of sparkle.

Birdies The Swan in Wine Gem Bracelet

The entire Birdies ethos is based on combining comfort and style, so what better option for a wedding? These pointy-toe slides come in a variety of colors and fabrics, but our favorite for a winter wedding is the wine-hued velvet. Across the foot, a bejeweled strap (featuring 152 hand-set rhinestones) brings the glam without a high heel.

Vince Camuto Dominik Sandal in Gold Metallic

Vine Camuto gold sandals winter wedding guest shoes
Photo: Vince Camuto

These stylish sandals from Vince Camuto will have you winter wedding-ready. From the metallic gold hue to the pretty half-bow detail, they're perfect for a festive occasion. What's more, the versatile block heel means you can dress them up or down. They come in six different shades, including Black, Vivo Magenta and Beige.

Dee Ocleppo Women's Bow Embellished Velvet Pumps in Purple

Dee Ocleppo purple velvet pumps winter wedding guest shoes
Photo: Bloomingdales

From the gorgeous purple hue to the velvet fabric to the jewel-embellished bow detail, everything about these pumps screams 'winter wedding.' Pair them with a silver, gold or black outfit to maximize the festive vibes. You can also pick them up in Biscotti, Black Satin, or Black Velvet if you prefer.

Journee Collection Zoya Sandal in Black

Journee Collection black stiletto heels winter wedding guest shoes
Photo: DSW

These elegant black stilettos will look great with almost any winter wedding fit. Their slender silhouette gives them an understated look, while the rhinestone-embellished toe strap adds the glitz you need for a holiday party. They're also available in Silver Metallic, Gold Metallic, Off White, and Mocha.

Lulus Giselle Black Suede Pointed-Toe Sock Boots

Lulus black faux suede booties winter wedding guest shoes
Photo: Lulus

You'll be both snug and stylish in these elegant black sock boots from Lulus. Made from faux suede, they feature a gold buckle detail and a pointed toe for maximum glam.

Bells & Becks The Luna Soft Gold

Slingbacks get a retro rap, but these gold leather ones are welcome in the modern age, and we especially love them with a chic, of-the-moment pantsuit. Bonus: The chunky mid-height heel makes them ultra comfortable.

Larroude Mini Kate Bootie

Larroude black suede booties winter wedding guest shoes

Here's another pair of chic booties that would be just perfect for a winter wedding. The black suede fabric will keep your feet cozy and warm, while the pointed toe and stiletto heel are elegant and flattering.

Badgley Mischka Women's Fabia II Embellished Pointed Toe Slip On Pumps in Black Satin

Badgley Mischka black satin pumps winter wedding guest shoes
Photo: Bloomingdales

You'll be the picture of elegance at that upcoming winter wedding in these black satin pumps from Badgley Mischka. With their pointed toe, low heel and eye-catching embellished buckle, they'll be getting you compliments all night.

Il Fratellino High Voltage in Pink

A brand-new shoe line from designer Brian Atwood and his brother, Zak Rodriguez, every shoe in the iL Fratellino range was quite literally designed to party in—and boasts the comfort to carry you through the night. These High Voltage peep toe booties are double the fun, half hot pink and half electric teal, depending on your viewpoint.

JLO Jennifer Lopez Morely Rhinestone Pump

Silver high heel shoe with a pointed toe and sparkly ankle strap.

So you want a closed toe shoe for the weather, but you still want to show off your pedicure? J.Lo's see-through lucite pumps are the best of both worlds, and feature a rhinestone-studded heel and crisscross ankle strap. Just make sure you leave before the clock strikes midnight: These are giving off glass-slipper vibes.

ASOS DESIGN Wide Fit Heather Corsage Mid Heel Sandals in Black

ASOS DESIGN black corsage detail heels winter wedding guest shoes
Photo: ASOS

Looking for a pair of winter wedding guest shoes you can wear again? These ASOS DESIGN sandals fit the bill. Their black color and eye-catching corsage detail makes them seasonally appropriate, while their mid-height block heel means they can be dressed up or down. They're also available in Pink if that's more your vibe.

Lulus Kaira Gold Lace-Up Heels

Lulus gold lace up heels winter wedding guest shoes
Photo: Lulus

Enjoy both comfort and style in these gold lace-up heels from Lulus. The dazzling metallic hue will add some festive glitz to your outfit, while the block heel and lightly cushioned insole ensure you can still dance the night away.

By Anthropologie Strappy Heels in Silver

By Anthropologie silver strappy heels winter wedding guest shoes
Photo: Anthropologie

Metallic heels are always a good idea for a winter wedding. These strappy silver sandals from By Anthropologie have a low heel, so you can walk and dance in comfort all night long. They also come in Black and Gold.

Schutz Sutton Bootie

Chic combat boots are having a moment—and yes, you can even pair them with dresses! We love the contrast of something flowy and bohemian with a heavy boot, and this pair's high-shine patent leather draws even more attention. It's a top pick for outdoor weddings in the colder season.

Blue by Betsey Johnson Corie Shoe in Purple

Yet another statement heel, but this one also has a pop of color on the upper and sole. Only Betsey Johnson could go so all in on whimsy, and we love this to brighten up a winter day. The magenta pink suede pump has a Tiffany blue sole and bedazzled heel.

ALDO Anjie Platform

The further you are from the icy cold ground, the better, right? With a 5-inch heel and 1-inch platform, you can't get much higher up than with these platform Mary Janes, available in patent black, white or our favorite wedding blue. And fear not: These are designed with ALDO's Pillow Walk feature, which uses dual-density foam and padded insoles for maximum comfort.

Can you wear open-toed shoes to a winter wedding?

While most of our picks above are closed toe, you can absolutely rock an open-toe style for a winter wedding—but keep in mind a few parameters. The overall style should still say winter (think, a velvet platform rather than a strappy flat sandal). Of course, almost any open toe shoe will work with tights—or even more on trend, socks! (Try these ones from Veronica Sheaffer, just begging to winterize open-toed shoes!)

Can you wear boots to a winter wedding?

Luckily, combat boots are super on-trend right now—even with dresses! We love contrasting a flowy, floral, boho style with a chunky boot for a Gen Z-inspired look (if you're opting for a boot, you should lean into the fashion statement you're making, rather than hide it under a hemline). Not into the chunky look? Booties are a sleek and pretty option—and often come with a stiletto or thick heel—that can be dressy even while keeping you warm.

What shoes are best for an outdoor winter wedding?

It's a bold bride and groom who host their winter wedding outdoors, but we've certainly seen it done; there's something so magical about a snowy ceremony. But, what should you as a guest wear on your feet to be comfortable and fit the dress code? Opt for something with a thick sole and wide heel to make sure you have traction and don't slip—a platform bootie will do the trick—and avoid materials that will stain or bleed if they get wet, like dyed satin.

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