As a wedding guest, you want to look gorgeous (if not entirely glamorous!) but also feel comfortable. Weddings are a wonderful time to dress up, but there’s a lot involved—cocktails, dinner, dancing, and multiple photo opps, of course. So, having an easiness to your outfit is important (you’ve got to look your best in all those photos!). For many, said comfortability relies solely upon your shoes (see what we did there?) and in summer, espadrilles are the perfect wedding-guest shoe to try if comfort and ease are your two biggest priorities.
Espadrilles come in a variety of silhouettes. The closed-toe style with ties that lace-up the ankle is the most quintessential for dressier summer moments (and very French girl-chic!), but flats, flatforms, and wedges are on offer, too and perfect for pairing with cocktail attire. For the most laid-back and casual weddings like a beach ceremony or backyard nuptials, espadrilles are flawless—you’ll still look gussied up without feeling like you over did it in the shoe department (we all know those moments when you’ve gone for stilettos and truly regretted it). For a setting that’s more formal, espadrilles are certainly appropriate. They have the ability to anchor a dress that’s more festive whilst maintaining an effortless look.
A simple canvas, suede or leather variation in cream, beige, tan or black can’t beat beaten when it comes to versatility—these types go with literally everything whether you choose a closed-toe silhouette or sandal style (for the latter, a pedicure is a must!). If you want to step it up a notch, crochet, lace or satin detailing is romantic and feminine while metallics from rose-gold to silver are impeccable for going glam. If you’re dressing specifically for a venue, woven raffia is more of a bohemian look and idyllic for a wedding at a vineyard, in a garden or a more rustic wedding at a barn or ranch. A version with stripes reads a bit nautical for ceremonies at the yacht club. And while and an espadrille is fail-safe for summer weddings, it’s the ultimate shoe to wear with the rest of your warm-weather wardrobe be it with jeans and a cute top, a flowing sun dress or your beach wear on vacation.
If you think an espadrille is your perfect wedding guest shoe, we’ve culled an edit of 45 styles ahead, suited to every aesthetic and price point.