From sweeping ocean views and stunning sunsets to balmy weather, there's so much to love about a waterfront wedding. However, choosing the right wedding shoes for a seaside ceremony can be a challenge. If you're planning to say "I do" with your toes in the sand, choosing practical and beach-friendly wedding shoes is key for ensuring a smooth walk down the aisle.
If you're exchanging vows directly in the sand, opt for shoes that are supportive and comfortable like fully flat sandals or low block heeled sandals. For seaside nuptials set away from the sand, sandals with woven wedges, espadrille soles, or stacked heels will complement any beachfront venue. Consider shoes with natural materials like woven raffia or braided jute to complement a laid-back venue or go sleek with a few embellishments for a beachy black-tie affair.
No matter your bridal style, there is a coastal-appropriate shoe to suit your preferences. To help streamline your search for the perfect bridal sandals, we researched the best options available. We selected our top finds based on materials, size range, comfort, style, price range, and overall quality.
Read on for the best bridal sandals for every type of beach wedding.
Reformation Eleonora Sling Back Block Heel Sandal
A neutral slingback sandal goes with everything and is always a smart wedding shoe choice. Not only would these Reformation block heels be right at home at a beach wedding, but they're a wardrobe staple you can wear again long after the wedding day—these are perfect for all your honeymoon adventures!
Price at time of publish: $248
Size range: 5-11 | Heel height: 50 mm
ASOS DESIGN Fenella Faux Pearl Embellished Flat Sandals
For shoes that can easily traverse sand but don't look too casual, consider these pearl-studded sandals from ASOS. Both functional and fashionable, this pair will keep your feet comfortable and your outfit on point. If your heart is set on heels for your wedding day ensemble, consider changing into at the after-party. The best part? These beauties are under $20.
Price at time of publish: $14
Size range: 4-13 | Heel height: Flat
Cult Gaia Gigi Sandal
Almost too beautiful to wear, these unique sandals truly feel like a work of art. The heel is stacked on two gold, sculptural pebbles and the strap is crafted from clear (and waterproof!) PVC. Pair yours with an ankle-baring gown or cropped jumpsuit—these sandals are too stunning to keep hidden!
Price at time of publish: $398
Size range: 5-11| Heel height: 1.5 in.
For the Minimalist Bride
Lulus Julie White Ankle Strap Heels
If you're a bride who appreciates clean lines and simple silhouettes, these sandals are for you. As timeless as they are versatile, the Julie block heel can be worn with a wide array of wedding day ensembles, from sleek jumpsuits to tea-length frocks. Plus, they retail for under $40, making them a budget-friendly option.
Price at time of publish: $39
Size range: 5-11| Heel height: 2 in.
Reformation Assunta Strappy Block Heel Mule
If woven natural fabrics like raffia and jute aren't your style, consider these block sandals from Reformation. The simple silhouette and ruched leather still straps still give off a laid-back, beachy vibe, but feel a little more polished than a casual espadrille.
Price at time of publish: $198
Size range: 5-11 | Heel height: 35 mm
For the Classic Bride
Loeffler Randall Dahlia Pearl Pleated Bow Heel
These tried and true Loeffler Randall sandals are a timeless choice for a beach wedding. Thanks to the sturdy block heel and padded footbed, this popular style is equal parts fashionable and comfortable. Pair yours with a simple gown for the ceremony and a mini dress for the reception. Still looking for your “something blue”? Opt for the beautiful blue version of this pair.
Price at time of publish: $350
Size range: 5-11 | Heel height: 2 in.
Princess Polly Arton Espadrille Platform Sandals
It doesn’t get more beachy than espadrille shoes, and we love these trendy platform sandals. These would look stunning with a simple slip dress or a boho-inspired gown. What’s more, this option is a low-impact fashion find that’s made with PETA-approved vegan leather and water-based manufacturing.
Price at time of publish: $79
Size range: 5-10 | Heel height: 3.5 in.
Gucci Leather Platform Espadrille
Nothing says beach wedding quite like a pair of woven wedges! Crafted from white leather and a cord wedge, these luxe espadrilles feel elevated and utterly bridal. The woven heel ensures lasting comfort while the elegant ankle straps provide stability and support. Plus, the famous Gucci logo in gold is sure to impress.
Price at time of publish: $790
Size range: 4-12| Heel height: 5.1 in.
Lulus Eiko White Woven Slide Sandals
We love that slide sandals are easy to slip on and off, not to mention they’re incredibly comfortable. These sandals put an elegant twist on the casual style thanks to the white woven material and the unique wave-like design—which is perfect for a beach wedding!
Price at time of publish: $18
Size range: 5.5-10 | Heel height: 0.75 in.
Kate Spade Delphine Embroidered Ankle Buckle Sandals
If you’re still looking for your “something blue,” turn to this stunning pair of Kate Spade sandals. Featuring a beautiful blue floral embroidered pattern, a three-inch block heel, and a square open toe, these sandals are understated elegance at its finest.
Price at time of publish: $248
Size range: 5-11 | Heel height: 3 in.
For the Glam Bride
Jewel Badgley Mischka Ohara Sandal in Champagne Satin
Having a beach wedding doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the glitz and glam of your wedding day. Instead, opt for these jewel-embellished sandals from Badgley Mischka, one of our go-to designers for bridal accessories. The sparkling crystals add a luxurious touch, while the flat sole and ankle strap will keep you comfortable all night long.
Price at time of publish: $89
Size range: 5-11 | Heel height: Flat
Steve Madden Duri Ivory
These shoes offer the perfect balance of boldness, elegance, and comfort. The simple slip-on fit and flat sole are hassle-free for the big day, especially if you’re saying your vows in the sand. But don’t let the comfy fit fool you—these are anything but boring! The all-over pearl embellishments sprinkled with rhinestones create an eye-catching addition to your bridal ensemble.
Price at time of publish: $90
Size range: 5-12 | Heel height: 0.5 in.
Best Flip Flops
Jeffrey Campbell Fleuris Flip Flop
Elevate your average flip-flop by adding a collection of beautiful flowers on top. These beauties from Jeffery Campbell are perfect for any nuptials on the sand, especially if they’re taking place in a tropical destination. The best part? These are also an excellent and easy-to-pack shoe for your honeymoon!
Price at time of publish: $25
Size range: 6-10 | Heel height: Flat
Best “Something Blue”
Azazie Blue Pleated Chiffon Bow Mid-Heel Sandals
How adorable are these baby blue-heeled sandals? From Azazie’s newest collection launch, these beauties will be your lucky blue accessory on the big day. The block heels and ankle straps will keep you comfortable, and the ruched chiffon material and the big front bow will be the romantic finishing touch to your bridal look.
Price at time of publish: $59
Size range: 36-43 | Heel height: 2, 5/7 in.
Lulus Dorothea Taro Shimmer Knotted High Heel Sandals
These sandy-colored, bow-adorned heeled sandals are perfectly on-theme for a beach wedding. We love how the subtle sparkles resemble the shimmer of rocks in the sand. The ruched fabric and front bow add a feminine flair, and the under-$40 price point is an added bonus.
Price at time of publish: $35
Size range: 5-11 | Heel height: 3.5 in.
For the Romantic Bride
Lulus Ayanna Ivory Satin Bow Ankle Strap High Heel Sandals
For black-tie ceremonies at a venue by the sea, these gorgeous and affordable stiletto sandals will make a romantic statement on your wedding day. Pair them with a tea-length wedding gown or a mini reception dress to show off the bold bow details.
Price at time of publish: $40
Size range: 5-11 | Heel height: 4.5 in.
Dolce Vita Ronin Sandals
These Dolce Vita sandals are a fan-favorite for a reason. From the bridal shower and rehearsal dinner to the ceremony and after-party, the on-trend braided straps and comfortable 1.57-inch heel height work for just about any bridal occasion. Eco-conscious brides will also love that they’re made from recycled materials.
Price at time of publish: $80
Size range: 6-11 | Heel height: 1.57 in.
Madewell The Nelda d'Orsay Flat Woven Edition
The coastal vibe of these woven flats would look on point for a bohemian-inspired beach wedding. We can picture this pretty pair styled with an off-white lace gown or a flowy linen dress for more casual seaside ceremonies.
Price at time of publish: $138
Size range: 5-12 | Heel height: Flat
Best for a Summer Wedding
Schutz Hina Ankle TieSandal
These summery sandals were practically made to strut in the sunshine. The yellow and gold flower hardware accents create a lively vibe, while the braided straps and woven heel feel earthy and on-brand for the beach.
Price at time of publish: $69
Size range: 5.5-10 | Heel height: 3.5 in.
Raye Loreli Sandal
Who says you have to wear white shoes on your wedding day? These rosy PVC sandals will match the colors of the sunset behind your beachside altar. The statement lucite block heel also adds a fun surprise element to an otherwise traditional sandal silhouette.
Price at time of publish: $168
Size range: 5.5-10
What to Look for in Beach Wedding Sandals
Style and Aesthetic
Whether your wedding is on the beach or beach-adjacent, your wedding shoes should strike the perfect balance between style and practicality. Brides getting married in the sand should look for flat sandals and espadrilles, open-toed slides, and flip-flops that feel elevated. These styles are foolproof options for safely walking across the sand.
If your ceremony isn't taking place on the beach but by the beach, your wedding shoes don't have to be as practical–but they should still complement your seaside venue and beachy aesthetic. Styles like block sandals, strappy kitten heels, embellished espadrilles, simple sandal wedges, and raffia slingbacks are all fun and appropriate options for waterfront vows. What's more, beach weddings are the perfect opportunity to inject a little color into your look with bridal shoes offered in fitting colors like seafoam green and ocean blue.
Comfort and Fit
One of the best parts about wearing sandals on your wedding day is the added level of comfort. So, make sure to wear a style that’s actually comfortable. If you have wider feet, platform sandals with thick straps are a great option, such as the Princess Polly Arton Espadrille Platform Sandals.
Can you wear sandals to a beach wedding?
Absolutely! Whether you’re the bride or the guest, a beach venue is the perfect place to sport some fashionable sandals. From strappy sandals to slingbacks and mules, there are plentiful options for a classy yet comfortable wedding look.
What shoes should I not wear to a beach wedding?
It all depends on the venue, but if you're going to be walking on sand or grass, it's best to avoid stiletto shoes. Instead, opt for wedges, block heels, platform sandals, or flats.
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