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Beach weddings are on the horizon (a recent report predicts there will be 2.5 million weddings overall this year), so it’s only natural for you to be shopping for beach wedding sandals. “Sandals are great for beach weddings because you can easily remove the sand from your shoes but you can also be comfortable and stylish,” says Kia Marie, owner of Kia Marie Events. For a sunset ceremony, effortless slides are the obvious choice and, luckily, there are so many styles at various price points.
While most cute sandal styles are timeless, there are a few details to look out for this season. One of the biggest trends? Square toes. We saw the modern accent popping up in winter boots, and now it’s transitioned into warm weather footwear. Sculptural heels, like the pair Marie loves from Cult Gaia, are particularly popular, as are styles with ankle wraps that can work for more formal to casual ceremonies.
“If you’re getting married or attending a wedding directly on the sand, consider a flat sandal or comfortable wedge,” suggests Marie. On the other hand, for nuptials on hard surfaces, you can opt for a thinner heeled alternative, if that’s up your alley.
The different types of wedding sandals
- Comfortable Flats: “Flat sandals are great to wear for a beach wedding because they are easy to slip on and off and sturdy enough that you won’t sink into the sand,” explains Marie. They look great with all dress lengths, but Marie’s favorite way to style them is with a midi silhouette. When complete with features like insole cushioning and arch support, these are also some of the most comfortable wedding shoes you can buy.
- Wedges: “I love a good espadrille wedge sandal for a beach wedding, especially when paired with a wrap dress,” Marie says.
- Low Heeled Sandals: “A low heel is great, because again it allows you to walk in sand without sinking,” reiterates the pro. Pair yours with a flowy silk skirt or dress.
- Block Heeled Sandals: “Block heels are another stylish option that are easy to take off,” she says. Plus, they offer more underfoot support than stilettoed alternatives.
When it comes to the color of your beach wedding sandals, as a general rule of thumb, keep the palette relatively neutral. That means whites, tans and metallics are all good options. You can even throw in a subtle color (like a pastel lilac) or a low key print to add a fun yet subtle twist to your bridal look.
Ahead, shop 23 cute beach wedding sandals that you can wear for wedding festivities and beyond.
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Top Beach Wedding Sandals
- Schutz Alcina Nubuck Sandals
- Steve Madden Irenee Sandals
- Dolce Vita Hayley Sandals
- Stuart Weitzman Marguerita Espadrille Wedges
- Kenneth Cole Reaction Glam-athon Sandals
- Altuzarra Knotted Sandals With Pearls
- Oscar de la Renta Ivy Slides
- Tory Burch Capri Beaded Thong Sandals
- Alias Mae Lune Heels
- Times Astro Beach Sandals
- Manolo Blahnik Lurumflat
- Cult Gaia Gigi Sandals
- Schutz Lansy Metallic Leather Sandals
- Raye Chiffon Heels
- Aldo Milano Sandals
- Steve Madden Jaklyn Espadrille Platform Sandals
- Kate Spade Jaylee Floral Appliqué Jelly Slides
- Dolce Vita Noles Slides
- Yves Saint Laurent Leather Cassandra Sandals
- Schutz Taina Sandals
- Mach & Mach Double Crystal Bow Square Toe Sandals
- Missoni Sandals
- Elie Saab Cutout Curls Slides
Schutz Alcina Nubuck Sandals
- Round toe slip-ons
- Sizes: 5 to 11
- Colors/Finishes: Black, Crystal
These glittery flat slides from Schutz are actually very neutral. “I love this look because it’s an easy slide and embellished for a great nighttime look,” Marie says. They’re also ideal for adding shimmer to a daytime ensemble, so you can easily pull them off for any type of ceremony. They come in a black or nude hue and pair well with both maxis and minis.
Steve Madden Irenee Sandals
- Block-heel, slender ankle strap
- Sizes: 5 to 11
- Colors: tan nubuck, black leather
These bestselling Steve Madden sandals are always a hit. The simple but sophisticated silhouette is casual, but can easily be dressed up. The slim ankle strap and low block heel combo works well for uneven beach terrain. “Bought these for my wedding, and I love them,” writes one reviewer. “They have the ideal height heel, memory foam soles and fit my wide foot perfectly.” Another reviewer adds these wedding sandals are so wearable, they could sport them all day without any pain.
Dolce Vita Hayley Sandals
- Crisscross ankle ties, low heel
- Sizes: 5.5 to 11
- Colors: Black, Cedar, Gold Metallic, Vanilla
This flat lace-up sandal by Dolce Vita comes in an array of neutral shades that will go with all your beach looks. Depending on your vibe, you can wind the crisscrossing ties around your ankle and finish with a bow or let the ends hang long. They’ll look just as effortless with your gown as they will with flowy dress for dinner on your honeymoon.
Stuart Weitzman Marguerita Espadrille Wedges
- Woven rope base
- Lightweight sole
- Sizes: 3.5 to 12
- Colors: Cornflower
“The classic espadrille is always a nice touch,” Marie says. “The natural woven heel on this Stuart Weitzman style is casual and supportive but the lace ribbon accents offer slightly sexy vibes on the beach.” The bestselling style has a comfortable heel height and stretchy, breathable canvas upper. It comes in one universal shade, Cornflower, and is extremely lightweight.
Kenneth Cole Reaction Glam-athon Sandals
- Bejeweled thong details, molded footbed
- Sizes: 5 to 11
- Colors: White, Bark, Black, Champagne, Midnight, Pewter
This slip-on thong sandal from Kenneth Cole is perfect for the girl on the go. It’s made with a molded footbed that cups the foot as you walk, making them a great shoe with arch support if you’re in the market for one. Beaded jeweled detailing dresses it up for a beach wedding or bachelorette event. “The workmanship is excellent and these look casually festive, making them perfect if you can’t wear high heels,” suggests one customer. Just note that some customers mention these run short and narrow in the footbed.
Altuzarra Knotted Sandals With Pearls
- 100% calf leather, pearl details
- Made in Italy
- Sizes: 35, 36, 38 EU
- Colors: Black
Make a black color palette work with these strappy Altuzarra heels. The casual knotted sandal is adorned with pearls for a wedding vibe. The shoe is crafted from supple Italian calf leather and finished with a square toe and stiletto heel. They make a statement all on their own, so they’ll even work well with a super simple dress.
Oscar de la Renta Ivy Slides
- 100% leather
- Sizes: 6.5 to 10
- Colors: Navy, natural
These designer leather slides are the epitome of casual luxury. Oscar de la Renta co-creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia worked directly with Larroudé on exclusive shoe styles for their spring ’22 collection. This elegant slide from the line includes a layered fringe strap that gives a very beachy feel. The neutral option is perfect for a daytime wedding, while the navy feels a bit more dressed up for an evening occasion.
Tory Burch Capri Beaded Thong Sandals
- Fits true to size
- Sizes: 5-11
- Colors: New Ivory/Silver or Orange Citrine/Gold
These casual Tory Burch thong sandals are the perfect beach wedding complement. “I love this sandal because it gives a complete beach vibe with elegance,” Marie explains. These are flats and easy to slip on and off, making them ideal for walking on the shore. Style them with a maxi dress for the wedding, then pair them with your bikini or shorts for hanging around the resort.
Alias Mae Lune Heels
- Wrap ankle with tie closure, square toe
- Sizes: 35 to 41
- Colors: Natural
Alias Mae’s ankle wrap heels are perfectly on-trend and promise to be your go-to summer sandals even after the big day. The thin neutral straps blend right in with the sole for an elegant beachy look. “These sandals are beautiful,” writes one reviewer. “They’re true to size and so comfortable.” Pair them with a short to floor-length gowns and jumpsuits.
Times Astro Beach Sandals
- Crystal knot design, faux leather lining
- Sizes: 6 to 12
- Colors: Silver, gold, white
According to shoppers, these Times Astro beach wedding sandals are most often bought with wedding festivities in mind. “I purchased these for my wedding in a few months, but they are so cute, I may have to try them out early,” writes one reviewer. Customers also note that the metal details are heavy and good quality. “The pictures don’t give the shoes enough justice,” notes another buyer. “They are glamorous and have the right amount of sparkle.”
Manolo Blahnik Lurumflat
- 100% goatskin lining
- 72% viscose, 28% silk upper
- Sizes: 33 to 43 (european)
- Colors/Finishes: Black Satin, Yellow Satin, Light Gray Satin, Green Satin
These luxe Manolo Blahnik slides are a splurge, but they’re a timeless investment. “This is a great designer flat with glamour, available in various rich colors,” Marie explains. The yellow satin hue is reminiscent of the sunset, white the green gives off a tropical vibe. If you’re undecided, go for the black or light gray version. Their crystal embellishments make these statement shoes, so save them for dressier beach nuptials.
Cult Gaia Gigi Sandals
- Narrow fit at the straps
- Sizes: 35-42 (European)
- Colors: steel, black, clear blossom
Whether your dress is simple or extravagant, these sculptural Cult Gaia heels will add a stylish element to your look. Marie notes the low heel is also just the right height to elongate your frame while keeping you comfortable. Grab them in a pretty azure shade to make these your “something blue.”
Schutz Lansy Metallic Leather Sandals
- Wedge Platform, wooden heel, square toe
- Sizes: 5 to 11
- Colors: Platina gold, deep beige
Give a casual wedding dress ‘70s flair with these clunky block platforms by Schutz. The clog-inspired style is made from authentic leather and set on a wooden platform. Gold-toned hardware offers a finishing touch. The style comes with metallic gold or beige straps, but with either look, you can’t go wrong. These are trendy enough to sport in real life, too, with flared jeans and wide-leg pants that have also made a comeback.
Raye Chiffon Heels
- Square toe, sculptural block heel
- Sizes: 5.5 to 10
- Colors: Bone, black
One thing’s for sure: These white Raye slides will get you loads of attention. “Absolutely love these,” shares a buyer. “I got so many compliments on them.” Not only does their sculptural block heel and square toe give them an intriguing look, but they also feature a smooth leather lining and 2.5-inch heel for lasting comfort. Keep in mind, however, that they run small. “I normally take a 6, but since they were sold out, I got the last pair of 5.5, and they fit perfectly,” adds the buyer.
Aldo Milano Sandals
- Braided strap, flared heel
- Sizes: 5 to 11
- Colors: White, purple
Elevate your beach wedding look with these high-heeled sandals from Aldo. The braided detailing and flared heel design add a textural twist. The heels come in at 3.25 inches tall, so they’re sleek without making you feel unstable. Even better, these comfortable heels are designed with Pillow Walk technology so you can easily dance the night away in them sans sore feet or blisters. If you’re feeling flirty, opt for the light purple shade instead of white.
Steve Madden Jaklyn Espadrille Platform Sandals
- Espadrille-style platform, elasticized ankle strap
- Sizes: 5 to 13
- Colors: White, Black, Natural, Brown, Multi
If the wedding calls for especially laidback footwear, this espadrille platform from Steve Madden will perform. The braided base adds an earthy texture and summery style to your look. Reviewers overwhelmingly agree that these are super comfortable and versatile and that you should size up a half to full size to get your perfect fit.
Kate Spade Jaylee Floral Appliqué Jelly Slides
- Rubber upper
- Sizes: 5 to 11
- Colors: White
“I like this floral slide by Kate Spade, because you can definitely pack light and wear this with different outfits if you are headed to a destination wedding on the beach,” Marie says. The black and white color palette is versatile, while 3D floral appliqué details add a romantic touch. And, jelly soles make walking in these a breeze.
Dolce Vita Noles Slides
- Cylindrical heel, square toe, subtle double strap design
- Sizes: 5 to 13
- Colors/Finishes: Nude Vinyl, White Leather, Ivory Stella, Cream Stella, Multi Stella, Dune Suede, Lilac Stella, Bone Snake print
Dolce Vita’s Noles slides are accentuated with a cylindrical block and clear straps that give them a bit of edge. A square toe is also of-the-moment and allows toes more room to splay. These fit true to size; just note they may take some time to break in ahead of the wedding.
Yves Saint Laurent Leather Cassandra Sandals
- Real natural leather
- Decorative YSL metal detail
- Sizes: 4 to 11
- Colors: black, brown, leopard
Another classic style you can dress up or down, this YSL toe loop sandal with go with many outfits, Marie notes. These feature thin straps, an adjustable buckle and decorative ‘YSL’ initial detail on the front. The soles are flat, so these are easy to walk in, no matter the ground beneath you. Choose between a tan or black option.
Schutz Taina Sandals
- Slim block heel, peek-a-boo vinyl strap
- Sizes: 5 to 11
- Colors: Honey Beige
This ‘90s-inspired mule from Schutz features a slim block heel and peek-a-boo vinyl straps. It gets bonus points for its trendy square toe and manageable 2.5-inch heel. After you’re done with the wedding, pair these with cropped denim and skirts all summer long.
Mach & Mach Double Crystal Bow Square Toe Sandals
- Sparkly ankle strap and crystallized bow detail
- Sizes: 6 to 12
- Colors: Silver, White Satin
Courtesy of Insta-famous brand Mach & Mach, these decadent heels are worthy of formal beach ceremonies that don’t take place on the sand. “I ordered these for my wedding, and as soon as I tried them on, I knew I made the right choice,” explains a buyer. “The heel is slightly lower than average, which makes it super comfortable.” You can also keep them in your rotation for other dressy occasion on your calendar. “They are so classy and chic, and I can’t wait to wear them with a gown or a pair of jeans,” described another reviewer.
- Black and white knot detail, real leather
- Sizes: 6
- Colors: Multicolor
You’ll have these classic Missoni sandals for years to come. They’re best reserved for resort-style weddings when you’re not walking directly on the sand and are complete with a knotted front strap that goes swimmingly with the waterfront theme. They’re so versatile though, you can sport them with your favorite LBD or a pair of jeans later on.
Elie Saab Cutout Curls Slides
- 100% calfskin leather, cutout curl design
- Sizes: 6-10.5
- Colors: Cognac, Black
If you’re going for a more low key wedding aesthetic, these Elie Saab slides are the perfect choice. They come in two classic neutral shades: black and cognac. The cutout curl design feels just dressy enough for a wedding, but is also fitting to wear on the plane with your sweats while en route to a tropical destination post-ceremony. Regardless of your wardrobe, these will never go out of style.
Meet the Author
Taylor Jean Stephan previously held the beauty and style editor title at E! News for 5 years where she oversaw the shopping vertical and appeared as an on-air correspondent. Her writing can be found in The Zoe Report, Bustle, Cosmopolitan, Elle, Oprah, Shape, Women’s Health, and more.
Meet the Experts
Kia Marie is a global wedding expert and has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar and Brides. She is the owner of Kia Marei events, a boutique company that offers a white glove planning process exclusive to a precise number of clients each year. Her client list includes athletes, executive directors, doctors, investors, entrepreneurs and more.