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 without catching 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. Plus, regardless of whether you're donning a trendy shoe style like block heels, low-heeled pumps or shimmery flats, you'll want to make sure your shoes have some sort of support and a comfortable heel to withstand all the walking and standing during the major event.
We talked to wedding industry educator Taryn Blake to guide us in our search for the perfect wedding guest shoe. And, 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," shared 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," shared Blake. "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 16 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
Embrace the color of the year in these strappy sandals. 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.
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.
Comfortable shoes don't always look feminine. Luckily, this wide-foot-friendly pair offers the best of both worlds — sophistication and support. Plus, it features a bow detail showing off elegance and a classic style that can be worn from the office to the reception.
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.
When in doubt, pair your outfit with a more muted aesthetic like this black block sandal. This is a versatile option for any type of wedding you're attending this season, plus the sparkling accents add glamour to any outfit you don.
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.
Weddings are supposed to be fun, so we always recommend stepping out with a fun color on your feet like these pink flamingo flats. The chic slides have a cushioned insole for extra comfort and pearl detailing with gold embroidery for added charm.
Finding a pair of shoes that can take you from work to the ceremony isn't easy, but we recently stumbled upon this versatile gem from Nine West. The slip-on style is inherently sassy and it's also got plenty of support in the form of the added upper strap.
Just because you want to stay cozy doesn't mean you have to sacrifice style. This elegant slingback pump features a comfortable heel, plus pearl and lace details for a luxurious take on the glam wedding reception. The memory foam-cushioned footbed will also give you extra support throughout the event.
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.
Just because you’re attending a wedding doesn’t mean you have to be all buttoned up. A fun hue can take your look from stuffy to stylish, and these bold sandals are just the style we've been looking for.
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!
Wedding dress codes tend to be a little more relaxed these days, and if you're craving comfort, a stylish sandal with a slight heel is the way to go. The square toe and block heel combine the trendiest designs of the season. It's a pair that won't fail to shine on the dance floor.
Match your summery dress with these low-heeled sandals. You'll be matching all the floral vibes of the season with the colorful print. The ankle strap and square toe design will keep you comfortable throughout the ceremony.
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 to your feet.
Sky-high heels are cute, but they’re not exactly comfortable when you’re going to be on your feet for hours on end. These bold slides from Naturalizer offer a practical height and luxurious design that are great for dancing the night away. The slip-on heel comes in four colors, including the most stunning shade of bright yellow.
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