Finding the perfect wedding guest outfit is always fun, but many of us get stumped when it comes to the right footwear to complement the final look. While wedding season calls for getting dolled up and opting for towering stilettos, this shoe option can leave us frustrated and heading toward our table before we even get the chance to catch the bouquet.
Every wedding ceremony brings its own protocol and dress code, which also applies to the shoes. Whether you're attending a casual beach wedding or a traditional indoor gathering, the shoes are an extension of your entire ensemble. No matter what style of shoe you choose, you'll want to make sure they have some sort of support and a comfortable heel to withstand all the walking, standing and dancing during the major event.
We talked to wedding industry educator Taryn Blake to guide us in our search for the perfect wedding guest shoe. As it turns out, there are some rules to take into consideration when it comes to shoe shopping.
Is it appropriate for guests to wear white shoes at a wedding?
We all know white is usually reserved for the bride, but you have more leeway when it comes to footwear.
"Shoes are less controversial than a white dress, but judgment is key. Guests can wear white if it complements their overall outfit, but steer clear of obvious bridal-inspired choices like white satin and bow detailing," shares Blake.
What are the best shoe styles to wear to a wedding?
According to Blake, the best way to amp up your final look is to opt for shoes that have pearl details, floral touches or shoes with a strappy design.
"Shoes can be a statement piece used to accessorize the outfit," she says. "Add a pop of color to stand out against a neutral dress, or [if you're wearing] a patterned dress, go with a complementary color. They should complement the overall look, but matching is not required!"
For guests that want to keep the comfort level to a maximum, flats with a pointy toe, a cutout fabrication or one with embellishments like studs and pearls are also great options to add some flair.
Stumbling upon a comfortable pair of shoes that are equally relaxing and statement-worthy isn't a small feat, but Shop TODAY has done all the legwork for you and found 13 pairs of stylish and comfy shoes for the big day. All you need to do now is to RSVP and say yes to the kicks!
Comfortable wedding guest shoes to shop
Colorways: Seven | Sizes: 5-11 | Heel height: 3.25 inches
Ready to step out in style? These flirty sandals will keep your feet cozy and contained while matching your wedding ensemble. The shoes feature a sturdy block heel, delicate bow and metallic fabric that are eye-catching.
Colorways: Two | Sizes: 5-11 | Heel height: 0.25 inches
The chic slides have a cushioned insole for extra comfort alongside pearl detailing, scalloped edges and gold embroidery for added charm. They also come in a beige faux suede option if you're not comfortable wearing anything too close to white.
Colorways: Six | Sizes: 5-11 | Heel height: 3.5 inches
A classic pump always comes in handy for a last-minute invitation. With an ankle strap and a block heel, this shoe is sure to support you throughout every wedding event. From the bachelorette party to the ceremony, this heel will complete its mission.
Colorways: Five | Sizes: 5-11 | Width: Medium | Heel height: 3.75 inches
Shop TODAY associate SEO editor Kamari Stewart bought several pairs of shoes for a wedding she was a bridesmaid in last year and these took the trophy for being most comfortable and cute. She wore them for both the rehearsal dinner and the entire wedding from the reception to the ceremony. "I was worried about the large plastic strap cutting my feet, especially in the heat," she admits. "But they were so comfortable, I was able to dance the night away in them without thinking twice."
Colorways: Two | Sizes: 5-12 | Width: Medium and wide | Heel height: 3.5 inches
With a memory foam footbed, Shop TODAY deputy editorial director Alexandra Deabler describes these as "very comfortable and very cute," adding that she wore them the entire night and even danced in them! Those who regularly wear heeled shoes know that's no easy feat.
Colorways: Four | Sizes: 5-11 | Heel height: 3.1 inches
Opting for a neutral shoe like this one is a great way to ensure you get the biggest bang for your buck since you can wear them long after the wedding is over. This pair is a favorite of commerce coordinator Alexa Arent. "These are my absolute favorite heel and a go-to for most events! I dance in these babies all night!" she raves.
Colorways: Three | Sizes: 5-10 | Width: Medium | Heel height: 2.5 inches
While this shade is closer to last year's color of the year, that doesn't mean you can't still rock it now! The chunky block heel will help you survive the long wedding nuptials while getting a cocktail at the bar, while the lace-up ties guarantees a more secure fit.
Colorways: Seven | Sizes: 5-11 | Heel height: 3.23-3.62 inches, depending on size
We're mad for bows! The block heel and bow detail on these strappy heels make you feel comfortable yet feminine for the evening affair. It's also a pretty sleek style to wear with denim after the wedding or with any other attire essentials in your closet.
Colorways: Three | Sizes: 5-11 | Width: Medium and wide | Heel height: 3.5 inches
Who can resist fun and flirty details like the tulle bow that sits atop these sandals? "These shoes are adorable and I received so many complements on them," wrote one five-star reviewer. "Not only are they cute they are super comfortable. Wore them all night with no foot pain!"
Colorways: Five | Sizes: 5-12 | Width: Medium and wide | Heel height: 2.25 inches
Hate feeling constricted? If a strap-free style is what you're craving, these slide sandals from Aerosoles might be just what you're looking for. The stacked heel is easy to move around in and the sole has a unique diamond pattern that repels friction and promotes comfort.
Colorways: Three | Sizes: 5-11 | Heel height: 3.5 inches
Heading to a beach wedding this summer? You have full license to go bold with your accessories! A neutral wedge sandal like this style offers plenty of support while providing a clean canvas to go all out with your dress. It's a total win-win!
Colorways: Three | Sizes: 5-12 | Width: Medium | Heel height: 4 inches
Shop TODAY senior SEO editor Jess Bender says she often reaches for these shoes for semi-formal occasions. She's not the only one who loves one. One shopper described them as "walking on pillows" and called them them "the most comfortable shoes they've ever worn."
Colorways: 12 | Sizes: 5-11 | Heel height: 3-4 inches | Heel type: Block or stiletto
Whether you rock a little black dress, a bold neon or a playful print, you'll be able to match your outfit perfectly with these neutral sandals. We're crushing on the multifunctional qualities of this pair. Tired of standing in your heels? The block heel can be swapped for flat caps in seconds. Aside from the convertible heel-to-flat feature, the memory foam insole provides added comfort for your feet.
Meet the expert
- Taryn Blake is the founder of her namesake event planning company where she focuses on high-end weddings and corporate events.