Ditch the Heels and Go Barefoot! – A Guide to Alternative Bridal Footwear for Beach Weddings

When it comes to beach weddings, heels are most definitely overrated. Whether you chose to wear sandals or go barefoot, it’s the one place where formal wear will look out of place; so kick off your shoes, feel the sand between your toes and forget you ever voluntarily wore high heels!

Check out our alternatives so that your tootsies look wedding ready and as pretty as a picture.

Photo: Etsy


You still get to feel the sand between your toes as you say ‘I do’ with the classic barefoot sandal. They’re becoming increasingly popular for beach weddings and look simple, yet elegant.

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Photo: Modern Crochet Club

Etsy has all kind of styles to choose from and these gold chain sandals ooze class with a bohemian laid-back style.

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Photo: Offbeat Bride, Etsy

If you want something a little more simplistic, then go for an ankle bracelet; again Etsy has a whole selection to choose from, whether it’s a simple chain, charm anklet or a more detailed hanging anklet.

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Photo: EtsyFestival Brides

Channel your inner Bollywood and get a henna tattoo on your feet; and add a unique twist to your wedding by offering a ‘tattoo bar’ at your reception – your guests will love it!

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           Photo: Anne Sophie Maestracci

Hit the Deck

Having a beach wedding allows you to be a bit more casual on your BIG day. Whether it’s just the groom or every male in the wedding party, matching boat shoes provides a handsome wedding day look.

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Photography source: Style Me Pretty


Add a bit of glamour with a pair of sand-friendly but statement-making embellished sandals. Proving that you can still do glamour and have your toes in the sand and ring on your hand.

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Photo: Simply Lace Photography, Stephanie Brazzle Photography, Style Me Pretty

BHLDN has a huge range, which also includes gladiator sandals, espadrilles, slides, ballet shoes and wedges. Great for a more glamourised beach wedding look that will last you way into the night.

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Photography Source: BHLDN

Go Tropical

Think palm trees, sandy beaches, fresh coconuts and you basically have the tropical setting for your beach wedding. Embrace your surroundings and add some tropical flair to the day – these pumps below are perfect for the men of the wedding party and reflect not just a sense of humour, but also the landscape of your day.
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Why not shake up your BIG day and add some unexpected fun with a pair of customised flip-flops. Leave your mark with these sweet ‘Happily Ever After’ flip-flops. Also, they’re perfect for your ‘something blue’.

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Photography source: Kate Spade

Make the perfect footprint in the sand and go matching; choose from ‘Mr & Mrs’ or ‘Just Married’ on the sole. You can even get personalised ones with your name and wedding date!
Get the bridesmaids in on the fun too, with these great flip-flops by David’s Bridal, who also cater for the bride and groom with quirky but effortless designs in both flip-flops and sandals.

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Photo: Davids Bridal

In fact, you can get everyone in on the action! Provide your guests with flip-flops and send everyone home with a pair as a memento from your BIG day.

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Photo: Davids Bridal, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks

Go Tom Style

Give back on your wedding day by purchasing a pair of Tom’s to say ‘I do’ in. They also use a ‘one for one’ scheme, which means they match every pair of shoes purchased with a new pair of shoes for a child in need.  Not only are they perfect for a beach wedding, they also have wedding, tropical and nautical collections, so you can go classic or show your sense of humour with a more adventurous design.

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Photo: Toms


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