Wedding season is upon us, which means your calendar is filling up fast with parties at all sorts of creative and exotic locations. Usually, you’d fall back on a pair of tried and true stilettos, but dressing for outdoor weddings isn’t as simple — most heels aren’t well-suited for outdoor terrain. That said, just because you'll be outdoors, doesn’t mean that you’re completely resigned to flats (though we’ve included some great pairs here too!). It’s all about finding the right shoe for the venue. Read on for our tips and picks below!
The Barn Wedding
For a barn wedding, opt for a chunky platform a sandal with a sturdier, more supportive stacked heel or even a cute bootie. These will help you keep your footing as you make your way from the outdoor nuptials to the barn dance. Details like a harness-inspired buckle are a nice nod to the theme without going full cowgirl.
The Castle Wedding
Pumps with ankle straps that tie will keep your heel from popping out so you’ll be able to stride with confidence over those cobblestone pathways and ancient pavers. Or try a cage heel for even more security. If the thought of tumbling head over high heels down the castle steps has you nervous, then a cute, low block heel is a fab choice.
The Yacht Wedding
We recommend a wider heel to help navigate the high seas and a wider strap across the toes will keep you from stumbling overboard. Avoid shoes with black soles — these can leave nasty scuff marks on deck. Classic thong slides are always in style and are another great option. A pair with a metal O-ring adds a little polish to your look.
The Country Club Wedding
If the next wedding on your calendar is set to take place on the lawn at a country club, you’ll want a shoe that’s preppy and chic with a heel that won’t sink into the grass. A low T-strap sandal is a great option. If your look calls for a little added height, opt for a chunkier heeled shoe with wide straps, or a platform sandal that wraps around the ankle several times for extra support.
The Backyard BBQ Wedding
Whether you prefer a chunky heel or an espadrille style is more your thing, platforms are the perfect shoe to complete the outfit you’re planning to wear to that backyard wedding. They’re sturdy and easy to walk in, and they give off just the right vibe.
The Beach Wedding
When it comes to a beach wedding, you can’t go wrong with a flat metallic sandal. We love a pair that’s fairly minimal and open — easier to shake the sand out of. Find a pair you love and you’ll find yourself wearing them all summer long.
The Vineyard Wedding
At your next winery wedding why not try a sturdy block heel. Sandals with wide straps or a gladiator lace-up offer the support you’ll need to make you way across the lawn without spilling your vino.
The Garden Party Wedding
A heeled sandal that ties at the ankle offers a customized fit, so you can stride across the terrace without worry. If you’re looking for something a little more streamlined, opt for a simple sandal with sturdy straps that comes in a bright and cheery print. A cute pair of flats will also do the trick! If you’re looking for a pair that will go with everything, try a blush colored pair, rather than your basic black or nude.