Bling it On: 20 Best Summer Wedding Guest Shoes By Event

Dance card filling up with lots of wedding invites? We’ve got twenty fantastic shoes for every event to help you put your best foot forward…

We’re guessing this season your mailbox is already busy. After years of pandemic drought, weddings are back in a big way. From couples craving the ‘go big or go home’ lavish events to smaller grouped, destination nuptials, one thing is for sure…finding the right footwear has become a major must.

Our editors have also been knee deep in the Save the Dates, hunting for and researching to find this season’s best by event shoes that are fun, fancy and appropriate for the most popular wedding events out there. And as always, whenever possible, we bring you the best on sale.

Ready to kick up your heels? Let’s get to shopping!


When the wedding invite mentions ‘on the sand’, don’t feel your fashion deflate. Yes, navigating that sinking silicone means leaving those stilettos and 3.5″ espadrilles back at the hotel. Instead, focus on fabulous flats and low block heels for a chic, sand-friendly look. Here’s five fab fellows our editors found…

With it’s solid block heel, this pearl rose flat is proof that you can have a little heel and your beach too. The color is just lovely and of course, the on-trend bows make this a shoe you’ll wear again and again this season.

Nina, Gaby Pearl Rose Mid-Heel Slide w/Bows On Block Heel $79

Ring toe sandals are also a big trend this season, and these champagne gold ones from Katy Perry are a strappy chic flat option, fantastic for showing off against the sand.

Katy Perry, Camie Toe Thong Sandal $89

Things are looking positively rosy with this jeweled sandal slide. Thanks to a sweet combination of green, amber and pink jewels, these would look lovely paired with your colorful floral dress.

Jessica Simpson, Crystal Embellished Slide Sandal $79

These cute and colorful slides are sure to make everyone ‘jelly’ when you hit the beach. Totally transparent with a trio of translucent 3D flowers, the only thing more adorable is the price.

Cato, 3D Flower Jelly Slide Sandals $15.99

Simple certainly doesn’t have to be boring. This gold slide sandal has plenty of textural interest with its big metallic bow and cute toe ring (trending, remember?). Perfect for showing off that pretty pedi or if you’re looking for something that can multi-task from ceremony to pool party in no time…ahem…flat.

Coconuts, Vaughn Toe Loop Padded Insole Sandal $60



While it faded a bit under the mandates and restrictions of the past years, make no mistake – the traditional wedding is back and will always be iconic. From classic décor to lavish settings, the theme of a traditional wedding is elegance. The dress code may range from semi-formal to black tie, but the one thing you can definitely count on…this is the time to show off those amazing heels! Here are five stunners that will have all eyes on you (in the best way).

Be the belle of the black tie ball with these striking satin, mesh and crystal kitten heels. Sleek and chic, they don’t just look good…they drip.

Perphy, Mesh Bow Lace Up Rhinestone Kitten Heels $55.49

(on Sale NOW from $92.49)

Let Jimmy Choo make you the girl with the pearl. These round, peep-toed heels are in an off-cream color that will marry (nuptial pun intended) very well with a variety of dress types.

Jimmy Choo, Sacora Pearl-Embellished Sandals $690

In the case of these strappy metallics, all that glitters really IS gold. With a four inch block heel and knotted rhinestone strap design, these glam gals are ready to show off all night long.

Windsor, Dazzling Mood Rhinestone Strappy Metallic Block Heels $34.90

If you’re following this season’s trend of icy blues, these stylish stompers should already be in your cart. We love the 4 inch solid heel that will give you legs for days without making your navigation too tipsy.

Nina, Suellen Dusty Blue Suedette High-Heel Platform Sandal $64.35 (on Sale NOW from $99)

While warmer weather coaxes many of us towards our beloved open-toes, others prefer a classic close-toe pump. This handsome navy version in velvet is ready to party with a masterfully placed triple bow gracing a quintessential pointed toe.

Journee Collection, Navy Bow Accent Pump $59.99

(on Sale NOW from $95)


For some couples, the idea of a lot of pomp and circumstance doesn’t gel with their vibe. While the word ‘casual’ is included in this wedding celebration, don’t expect your crocs or sneaks to receive a warm reception. The dress code for these events is usually between semi-formal and cocktail. Think special date night at an upscale restaurant. No matter your heel, you can have a bit more fun here, as your dress choice will also be.

Case in point, these marvelously mesh-y slingbacks from Windsor. The crisp black and white combo looks super fresh and who can say no to those darling bows?

Windsor, Adorably Posh Polka Dot Slingback Pumps $38.90

Well hello, sexy. The soaring stiletto on this blush pink beauty is made to be noticed. The color is so fresh, and we love the all-over glittery treatment that’ll capture the light with your every move.

Badgley Mischka, Pointed Toe Stiletto Glitter Pump $136

What’s a fresh fabric that’s showing up in unexpected couture? That would be denim. Sparkly straps of denim blue grosgrain and denim fabric footbed create a haute counterpoint to the dress heel norm, along with skinny, ankle-winding ribbons.

AGL, Cristal Sandal $179.99 (on Sale NOW from $485)

With a combination of black transparent vinyl and patent leather, these 3 and half inch heels are giving major modern vibes. These heels are meant for taking a streamlined look to a whole new level.

Gianvito Rossi, Cosmic Vinyl and Patten Sandal $875

There’s something so fun and youthful about the Lizza Nuova. With the flared heel and lifted platform, covered in crinkly silver, this shoe is the party!

M.Gemi, The Lizza Nuova in Silver $298


With a carefree edge and romantic feel, these celebrations tend to be much more focused on the sybaritic luxe with more than a dash of quirk. Expect the event to feature layers of color and patterns, as well as the attendees. We’re sure you have at least *one* boho dress in your arsenal, ready for this event. Now let’s find some equally and elegantly eclectic footwear to go with it…

Picture these with a flowy, multi-patterned floral and you have a match made in heaven…or rather, flatforms.

Patrizia, Electra Sandals $79.95

If your dress has a lot going on (prints and patterns) a neutral shoe is best. Of course you don’t want boring! This earthy green beauty juxtaposed against a 1.5″ organic cork heel is such a handsome combination, it’s sure to hold its own with the rest of your fit.


Birkenstock, Soley Nubuck Leather Thyme $91

(on Sale NOW from $140)

If bold and bright isn’t exactly your thing, take some inspo from the queen-of-all-boho, Stevie Nicks. Her love of dark, stomping platforms with just a touch of sparkle is pretty much cannon. These silky satin sandals will go seamlessly with a dark jewel-toned dress and a little lace.

Nina, Steven Black Crystal High Heel Platform Sandal $99

Of course if color is your thing, and you love a good amount of organic to boot, these woven raffia heels should already be in your basket. The earthy pastels adds to the natural feel, but still look fancy.

Joie, Hindy Wedge Sandal $49

(on Sale NOW from $278)

Finally, what if the invite reads more whimsy and less boho? You have your answer with these psychedelic sculpted sandals. Definitely a showstopper, they look like they came straight out of a Deee-Lite video (which is just oh-so naughties + now).

Circus NY, Natalina Kitten Heel Mule $90


Spacious outdoor settings, natural flowers and greenery, these three themed wedding venues are meant to be filled with easy, relaxing energy. Which is truly great for the soul, but can be problematic for your soles (again, pun intended). Whether it’s a barn, cabin, cottage or garden, you can most likely count on grass, dirt and lots of uneven ground. Most dress codes will tell you this isn’t the time for floor length gowns or heels. But as with beach weddings, you can definitely play outside the box with your footwear. Here are five fantastic options for you, that will look perfect with your sundresses and tiered skirts.

With a solid block heel and cool mesh look, this jeweled ballet flat won’t have you sacrificing any style for function.

Nina, Peggy Silver Mesh with Rhinestone Ballerina Flat $89

Channel some flower power with these sweet peachy-pink sandals. With delicate raffia floral appliqués, these will go amazing with a white eyelet or playful pastel dress.

NYDJ, Embellished Leather Thong Sandals $79

Dealing with more than a little dirt and dust? Trade your sandals in for some adorb sneaks that speak to the garden-inspired occasion. These sweet, pastoral sneaks are a collab with Cariuma + Hokusai and the MFA Boston featuring iconic works by Katsushika Hokusai, one of the most acclaimed and influential Japanese artists of all time.


Cariuma + Hokusai, Peonies & Canary Canvas Print Sneakers


Finally, if you know the wedding party is going all in on the rustic terrain, these boots are made for walking…to the party, that is. These are (as the name implies) boots perfect for the diva who needs to get her stomp on.

Matisse, Harlow Jeweled Western Ankle Boots $190

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