Beach weddings are all about laid-back, relaxed vibes, and finding the perfect pair of shoes to match the occasion can be tough.
But fear not, gents!
We’ve got you covered with our guide to finding the perfect men’s shoes for a beach wedding. From sandals to sneakers, there’s a range of options to suit every style.
Before we get into it though, finding the right shoe for your beach wedding is crucial!
You don’t want to be in formal dress shoes while your guests are all rocking sandals, and let’s be real, no one wants to spend their big day with blistered, sore feet.
So it’s important to take some time to think about your shoe game. You want something comfortable, stylish, and appropriate for the occasion. You’ll also want to coordinate your shoe choice with the theme, your bride’s wedding shoes, and overall vibe of your wedding day as well.
With that said, what are the best options for your beach wedding?
Our Guide To Men’s Shoes for a Beach Wedding
There are 5 main options to choose from when it comes to beach wedding. What you choose will simply be a matter of coordinating with the rest of your outfit and the overall theme of the day.
Loafers Or Boat Shoes
Loafers, interchangeable with boat shoes, offer a classic, refined look that is generally the most ideal option for a beach wedding. A good pair is also extremely comfortable, lightweight and easy to walk in, which is important when moving around in the same.
There are so many variations of these, so it’s important to find a pair made from a lightweight, breathable material like canvas or linen. This will make it easier to walk in sand while also keeping your feet cool and comfortable in the heat. Bonus points for a non-slip sole, you’ll find that walking in sand becomes so much easier.
Sandals are another great choice for beach weddings, especially if you’re going for more of a casual style for your entire day. Plus, they’re super comfortable!
Now you’ve technically got a few options that fall into the sandal bucket, from simple thongs, or flip-flops, to more sophisticated leather styles or even Birkenstocks.
There’s not much thought that really needs to go into choosing these, but one thing to keep in mind is that if you’ll be on a harder surface, a thinner sole may be more comfortable, whereas a thicker sole may be more suited to softer sand.
Yep, sneakers on a beach.
If you’re aiming for more of a laid-back, casual look for your beach wedding, sneakers are the way to go. And there are plenty of great options available that’ll look good and provide plenty of comfort throughout the day.
But make sure you leave the old beaten-up pair of runners at home and look at buying a new pair that fit your wedding theme and pair nicely with your partner’s outfit or gown.
And of course if you want the formal wedding look, there’s no reason that you can’t wear a pair of dress shoes on the beach. Though you may find yourself sinking into the soft sand a little easier than any of the other shoe options.
While you can choose to go with a traditional dress shoe, you could also consider opting for a slightly more casual style, like some loafers or oxfords. Additionally, try to avoid any with a smooth, slippery sole, as they’ll make it tough to grip on the sandy surface, especially if they’re brand new. If this is the case, give the soles a little rub down with sandpaper to roughen them up before the big day.
It is a beach, so you could also choose to go barefoot instead. It’s also probably the easiest way to make your day, and the ceremony in particular, extremely laid back and casual if that’s what you’re after.
Just don’t forget a pair of sandals or thongs to slip on once the ceremony is over and you move away from the beach.
The Best Men’s Shoes for a Beach Wedding
If you still haven’t decided on the style you’re happy with, or just need a bit of inspiration, the following are some of our favourite options for a beach wedding.