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For those brides lucky enough to be planning a beautiful beach wedding, one crucial aspect of your wedding day look will be the right shoes. After all, the sands of Malibu may not be easy to navigate in those four-inch heels! Thankfully, these L.A. stores stock posh, bridal-perfect flat sandals that will keep you both comfortable and elegant while reciting your vows next to the ocean.
Barneys New York in Beverly Hills offers, without a doubt, the most variety when shopping for upscale footwear. While they do carry the well-known heavy-hitters like Louboutin and St. Laurent, Barneys is also home to smaller, harder-to-find designers like Sarah Flint and Loeffler Randall, both of whom make strappy flat sandals that would enhance any wedding gown. Loeffler even adds tiny stars and tassels to some of their summer footwear for a touch of whimsy on your big day.
This edgy Pacific Palisades boutique is home to all the cool-girl designers, which doesn't stop at ready-to-wear. The store also features a fresh mix of footwear you won't find at your average department store, with everything from Ancient Greek minimalist lace-ups to tastefully bedazzled sandals from Bionda Castana. Regardless of the style, all of your guests will be coveting your bridal shoe choice if it's from Elyse Walker.
While the name may suggest over-the-top sexy, Vamp's inventory is anything but. This Los Feliz shoe boutique is a haven for styles of the calmer and quieter bridal style. The beautifully crafted choices from independent designers like Ariana Bohling and Anne Thomas are best for brides who are seeking something simpler — yet still elegant — with a tinge of hipster chic mixed in.
Heist's shoe selection seems to have been created specifically for the no-frills beach bride. The store's selection is definitely low-key, but still impeccably made and incredibly flattering. Flat leather sandals from K Jacques come in bridal-appropriate hues like bronze and gold while still maintaining a casual feel. And if you're the type of bride who wants to venture into other styles of sand-appropriate footwear, you can shop espadrilles and even sneakers here too.
If you want your wedding sandals to emanate a glamorous, decidedly bridal feel, Jimmy Choo is where you'll locate that perfect sparkly pair. While the name may evoke images of sky-high, impossible-to-wear stilettos, Jimmy Choo actually designs ornate flat shoes too, including glimmering slides and metallic strappy sandals. They're not for the budget-conscious per se, but will definitely make a wow statement next to the sunset and surf.