17 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—it also means you need to find the perfect pair of shoes to complete your outfit. The best wedding guest shoes are 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!). Bonus: It's even better if you can score a pair that you can wear beyond just weddings or evening events. Just a few of our favorite places to shop these wedding-worthy shoes include REVOLVE, Sam Edelman, Steve Madden, Lulu's, and of course, department stores such as Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus.

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 17 wedding guest shoes.

Most Classic: Sam Edelman Hazel Pointed Toe Pump

Sam Edelman Hazel Pointed Toe Pump Wedding Guest Shoes

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Size Range: 6.5-14 | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Free returns accepted within guidelines

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.

Best Kitten Heel: Raye Dane Heel

Raye Dane Heel Wedding Guest Shoes

Courtesy of REVOLVE

Size Range: 6-10 | Shipping: Free 2-day shipping on all U.S. orders | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 60 days of purchase

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.

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

Lulu's Taylor Blush Suede Ankle Strap Heels Wedding Guest Shoes

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Size Range: 5-11 | Shipping: Free shipping on all orders exceeding $50 | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 10 days of delivery

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 variety of different shades as well!

Best Heeled Sandal: 42 Gold Liya Slide Sandal

42 Gold Liya Slide Sandal Wedding Guest Shoes

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Size Range: 5-11 | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Free returns accepted within guidelines

These low-heeled sandals work for any season spring through fall, and they're pretty versatile. The lower block heels makes them more supportive and comfortable, so you can dance the night away with ease.

For a Metallic Finish: Lulu's Dorothea Gold Knotted Heeled Sandals

gold bow heels

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Size Range: 5-11 | Shipping: Free shipping on all orders exceeding $50 | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 10 days of delivery

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.

Best Platform: Chinese Laundry Theresa Platform Sandal

Chinese Laundry Theresa Platform Sandal Wedding Guest Shoes

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Size Range: 5-11 | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Free returns accepted within guidelines

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 killer and feels even better.

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

feather sandals

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Size Range: 5-11 | Shipping: Free shipping on all orders exceeding $50 | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 10 days of delivery

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.

Best Color Options: Sam Edelman Kia Block Heel Sandal

Sam Edelman Kia Block Heel Sandal Wedding Guest Shoes

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Size Range: 5-11 | Shipping: Free standard shipping on all U.S. orders | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of purchase

From Dahlia Pink, Riviera Blue Leather, and Roccia Mamba Snake, to this pretty Misty Lilac Leather, there are there are 21 colors and patterns to choose from. Plus, the simply strappy detail and comfortable block heel makes this pair a no-brainer.

For the Minimalist: Schutz Altina Leather Sandal

Schutz Altina Leather Sandal Wedding Guest Shoes

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Size Range: 5-11 | Shipping: Free shipping on all orders exceeding $100 | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of delivery

Sleek and chic, this pair of heeled sandals are any minimalist's dream. Plus, the neutral color options make it easy to pair with any type of look.

Best Splurge: Chanel Strass & Imitation Pearls Black Block Heels

Chanel Strass & Imitation Pearls Black Block Heels Wedding Guest Shoes

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Size Range: Inquire with a Chanel advisor | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 14 days of shipment

These chic statement-making block heels are utterly iconic. Featuring a little bit of shimmer and pearl detail in a classic black hue, this Chanel pair has every little bit of a timeless touch.

Most Modern: Tony Bianco Fresco Sandal

Tony Bianco Fresco Sandal Wedding Guest Shoes

Courtesy of REVOLVE

Size Range: 5-10 | Shipping: Free 2-day shipping on all U.S. orders | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 60 days of purchase

These minimalist slide on heels are ideal for a sleek and barely-there look. The clear straps and neutral tone sole make for the ultimate modern touch.

Best Bow: Tony Bianco Elsie Heel

Tony Bianco Elsie Heel Wedding Guest Shoes

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Size Range: 5-10 | Shipping: Free 2-day shipping on all U.S. orders | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 60 days of purchase

We're hard-core crushing on these rhinestone-embellished black heels. Sleek and chic, the statement bow adds the most gorgeously glam and ultra feminine touch.

For an Outdoor Wedding: Margaux The City Sandal

Margaux The City Sandal Wedding Guest Shoes

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Size Range: 2.5-14 | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within guidelines

Featuring a low block heel and supportive straps, this versatile pair is sure to be a staple in your wardrobe. With a variety of colors and patterns to choose from, there's no need to think twice about hitting "add to cart."

Best Strappy Detail: Alias Mae Ellery Sandal

Alias Mae Ellery Sandal Wedding Guest Shoes

Courtesy of REVOLVE

Size Range: 35-41 | Shipping: Free 2-day shipping on all U.S. orders | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 60 days of purchase

A strappy detail makes for an effortlessly dramatic look that is equally elongating for your legs. These Ellery sandals prove just that. Need we say more?

Most Chic: Jimmy Choo Aurelie 85 Ballet Pink Patent Leather Pointed Pumps with Pearl Embellishment

Jimmy Choo Aurelie 85 Ballet Pink Patent Leather Pointed Pumps with Pearl Embellishment Wedding Guest Shoes

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Size Range: 34-43 | Shipping: Free 2-day shipping | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 14 days of purchase

Is there anything more chic than pearls paired with a neutral pump? We think not. With your choice of black or ballet pink, this patin-leather pair will undoubtedly complete any polished and sophisticated look.

Best Flats: Badgley Mischka Tevin Crystal Mary Jane Ballerina Flats

Badgley Mischka Tevin Crystal Mary Jane Ballerina Flats Wedding Guest Shoes

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Size Range: 5B-11B | Shipping: Free standard shipping | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of purchase

If a heel isn't your style, or comfort level, opt for flats. We love these classic Badgley Mischka stunners because their neutral tone and timeless look make them a perfect go-to for weddings you'll attend for years to come.

For a Garden Wedding: Loeffler Randall Camellia Beauty Pleated Bow Heel

Loeffler Randall Camellia Beauty Pleated Bow Heel

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Size Range: 5-12 | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 14 days of delivery

This just may be the epitome of "pretty in pink." Feminine and soft, this blush hue pairs oh-so-beautifully with the textured material, and of course, the Loeffler Randall's signature knotted bow.

What to Look for in Wedding Guest Shoes

When it comes to selecting the right pair of shoes to attend any wedding, it all comes down to two major components—comfort and style. Most importantly, you'll want to wear shoes that you'll be able to stand, walk, and of course, dance the night away in. Know your tolerance when it comes to wearing heels or any other type of shoe that may cause discomfort. We recommend experimenting with gel inserts and especially breaking your shoes in prior to a full day of wear. Equally notable, consider the terrain of the wedding venue. While you may wear stilettos to a black-tie event in a ballroom, you'll probably want to opt for flats or block heels while attending an outdoor wedding. The last thing you'll want to worry about is your heels sinking into the lawn—trust us. Lastly, have fun with it! While many wedding guests may prefer to wear a more subdued ensemble in order to not outshine the bride, shoes are a fun yet subtle way to showcase your style and personality.

FAQ
  • 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 your personality and a splash of 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 to slip on when you're ready to ditch the heels.

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