25 Pairs of Wedding Guest Shoes to Wear to Every Wedding

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Getting ready to attend a wedding doesn't just mean you have to find the perfect dress or jumpsuit to wear—it also means you need to find the perfect pair of shoes to go with your outfit. The best wedding guest shoes are going to be stylish but versatile (think something you can wear more than once!), and statement-making but comfortable (you want to be able to move around on the dance floor without pinching your feet too much!). Bonus: It's even better if your shoes can be worn outside of just weddings and evening events.

The shoes you ultimately pick will also depend upon the type of wedding you're going to. If it's a more casual beach wedding, then you'll probably want a nice pair of sandals, but if it's more of a black-tie gala affair, you'll definitely want to opt for either classic and simple heels or over-the-top luxe shoes. Aesthetics are obviously important, but your comfort really is key here, especially since you'll be wearing these for about four to five hours and moving around quite a bit. If you don't like stiletto heels, there are plenty of flat or low heeled options out there, and wedges are also great.

Whatever the case, the below selection has something for everyone. Check out our edit of 25 wedding guest shoes.

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Most Classic: Sam Edelman Hazel Pointed Toe Pump

black pumps
Courtesy of Sam Edelman.

Courtesy of Sam Edelman

There are very few situations where you can go wrong with a classic pair of solid black pumps. These popular Sam Edelman heels are comfortable, simple, and elegant.

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Best Platform: Chinese Laundry Theresa Platform Sandal

black platform shoes
Courtesy of Chinese Laundry.

Courtesy of Chinese Laundry

If stiletto heels aren't your thing, but you still want some height, go for a platform heel. It's a bit more supportive and steady. These sandals from Chinese Laundry have a nice block platform heel that looks great and feels even better.

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Best Budget: A New Day Gillie Heels

tan colored heels with ankle strap
Courtesy of Target.

Courtesy of Target

A great pair of shoes can certainly be worth the extra money, but sometimes you just want something more budget-friendly. These shoes from Target are an excellent find: comfortable, versatile, and just strappy enough, they work just as well for a wedding as they do with jeans.

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Best Splurge: Christian Louboutin So Kate Pointed Toe Pump

black pumps with red sole
Courtesy of Christian Louboutin.

Courtesy of Christian Louboutin

If you want to splurge on a shoe you'll have forever, make it these Christian Louboutin pumps. The red sole is always sure to impress, and the simple design makes these versatile.

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The Shoes That Go With Everything: Lulu's Taylor Blush Suede Ankle Strap Heels

blush suede heels with ankle strap

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Stocking your closet with at least one pair of heels you can wear anywhere is always a good idea. These blush suede heels are a great example: The blocked heel gives you more support, the ankle strap is timeless, and the color is versatile. They also come in a lot of different shades as well.

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Most Sparkly: Badgley Mischka Bethany Pointed High Heel Pumps

sparkly heels covered in gems

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For some instant added sparkle, opt for these bedazzled pumps. They're covered in different colored glittering gemstones and will quickly elevate any solid colored dress.

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Best Kitten Heel: Raye Dane Heel

white kitten heel mules

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A wedding doesn't require towering heels. For those who want something smaller, these kitten heel shoes are a stylish and chic way to go. They also come in black for an even more versatile option.

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Most Comfortable: Naturalizer Blossom Platform Sandal

nude colored sandals

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These sandals are really versatile and ideal for a summer wedding or beach wedding. Naturalizer makes extremely comfortable shoes, and the lower heel on these makes them feel even better.

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Most Colorful: Aldo Daniella High Heel Mule

hot pink heels

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There is no reason your shoes can't stand out in a wedding crowd. Instead of going for neutrals like black or nude, go wild with these bright fuchsia high heeled mules. They're so fun and colorful that they'll be the star of your look.

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Best Heeled Sandal: 42 Gold Liya Slide Sandal

black low heeled sandals

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These low heeled sandals work for any season aside from winter, and they're pretty versatile. The lower block heels makes them more supportive and comfortable than most.

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Best Bow: Lulu's Dorothea Gold Knotted Heeled Sandals

gold bow heels

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Add a touch of whimsy and fun to your look with these shimmering gold heeled sandals. The bow detail on the front is adorable and the block heel is comfortable.

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Best Pumps: Kurt Geiger London Bond d'Orsay Pumps

black pumps with cigarette heel

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These black pumps are a timeless option that will go with any dress and any type of wedding. We love that the slim cigarette heel gives them an elegant look that makes them stand out.

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For Some Glitz: Jewel Badgley Mischka Earlene Blocked Heel Sandal

silver glittery heels

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A shimmering shoe is one of the best ways to dress up an otherwise plain solid colored dress. This silver option has a cool heel and the shiny color will immediately elevate your look.

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Most Versatile: Mix No. 6 Aliciana Sandal

strappy black heels

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Thin straps and a slight block heel make these shoes easy to wear pretty much anywhere, whether that's a fancy wedding or out to dinner with jeans. The square toe gives them a trendy edge.

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For the Trendsetter: Lulu's Yaez White Vinyl High Heel Sandal

square toe heels

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The square toe, low block heel, and clear details make these shoes super trendy. Luckily, the price tag is low enough so that, even if you only wear them a few times before the trend dies, they're still worth it.

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For the Statement Maker: Steve Madden Buoyant Ankle Strap Heel

black heels with gold chain

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Between the gold chainlink ankle strap, the clear detail, and the skinny gold heel, these shoes are a conversation starter for sure. Pair them with a more simple dress or a more extravagant gown.

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Best Flats: Badgley Mischka Babette Pointed Embellished Flats

bejeweled flats

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There's no rule that says you have to wear heels to a wedding! If you want to go for flats, choose this bedazzled pair that glitters and still looks fancy and dressed up for a night out.

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Most Unique: Badgley Mischka Bobby Sandal

blush sandals with jewels and tulle

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One of the great things about shoes is that they can be so much fun to play around with. You can try a bold style with more ease. These shoes feature a gauzy tulle ankle strap and glittering details that make them stand out in any crowd.

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Best Block Heel: Aldo Adreran Sling Back High Heeled Sandal

black block heel shoe

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Block heels offer more support and comfort than a stiletto and still look dressed up. We love the ruching detail and double strap on these versatile Aldo shoes.

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Best Flat Sandal: Gucci Marmont Sandal

gucci flat sandal

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Flat sandals are perfect for a beach wedding where you'll be spending some time in the sand or on uneven terrain. These are instantly made fancier by the gold Gucci logo and delicate straps.

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Best Strappy Heel: Steve Madden Unfold Sandal

strappy black heels

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Few shoes are as sexy as a pair of strappy black heels that wind up your calves. These Steve Madden sandals are a great example and would look good with so many different types of dresses.

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Best Nude Show: Steve Madden Zaylee Sandal

clear sandals

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The clear details and slim stiletto heel give these shoes a minimalist look, while the glittering rhinestones make them stand out at the same time. We love the trendy look here.

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Best Mules: Christian Louboutin Twist-Lock Napa Red Sole Mules

black mules

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These black mules are a bit of a splurge, but they're versatile and totally worth it. The smaller heel makes them easy to wear, and they'll look great dressed up or down.

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Most Fun: Lulu's Harlee Pink Patent Feather High Heel Sandals

feather sandals

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These feathery shoes are giving vintage Hollywood glamour vibes, and we are here for it! They might not be a wardrobe staple, but they're so fun and would look great with a simple black dress.

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Best Wedges: CL by Laundry Catelynn Wedges

black wedges

Courtesy of Chinese Laundry

Wedges have to be the most comfortable option when it comes to heels because they're so much more supportive and stable. This is a nice pair that you'll have for years.

  • Is it appropriate for guests to wear white shoes to a wedding?

    In general, most social "rules" say that it's not appropriate for anyone but the bride to wear white to a wedding. You might want to avoid white shoes, but you certainly don't have to.

  • Should your shoes be the same color as your dress?

    You can match your shoes to your dress perfectly, but you definitely do not have to. In fact, pairing a solid-colored dress with bright shoes is a fun way to show off some color.

  • Can I bring a pair of flats to a wedding?

    Yes! Heels can get uncomfortable, especially when dancing. Stow away a pair of flats in your purse and don't feel any shame when putting them on.

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