I have a wedding next month – I’m going to wear a midi dress or trouser suit, I haven’t decided yet – but I need shoes! I don’t want to spend more than £100 and ideally they need to be wedding-appropriate but also cute and fun. And I want some that my feet won’t spend a week recovering from!
You’re right, it’s SO tricky deciding on shoes at this time of year for any occasion, from spring weddings and hen-dos, to bottomless brunch and smart work events. Yes, there’s the age-old dilemma of finding comfy wedding guest shoes that actually look good (plasters aren’t exactly the best accessory), but at this time of year there’s even more to factor in. Namely, no one wants their feet getting cold or mucky.
It’s time for spring wedding guest dressing (we can help you out with this, too), which means a fresh look at wedding guest footwear. You’ll want to leave wintery wedding guest looks behind you, but shouldn’t get ahead of yourself with summer wedding guest outfits yet either.
At the risk of sounding like a practical grandmother, the dream scenario is finding wedding guest shoes that are stylish/cute/sexy (take your pick), but are also supportive and substantial enough for spring temps. Block heels, mid heels and platform soles are your friends, rather than spindly super-high stilettos. Heavy velvet platforms can go back into storage, while thin strappy sandals can wait till summer.
So, what are your options? Here are all of the best spring wedding guest shoes the high street has to offer right now, including minimal, metallic, embellished and bright styles.
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A more glamorous alternative to neutral styles are metallic heels and flats – they’ll compliment the same outfits and brighten up a look. Karen Millen’s bow slingbacks are available as both heels and flats depending on what you might prefer, while River Island has a good selection of wide-fit heels.
From Manolo Blahnik lookalikes to Amina Muaddi dupes, high street brands have invested in the diamante and embellished shoe trend in a big way. Luckily for us, these shoes are perfect for updating a spring wedding guest outfit.
Platform heels were huge over winter, particularly after social media went wild for those Versace platforms. Pick carefully (remember: wedding, not fashion week) since they’re a great option for wearing to a spring wedding, giving you extra height without the pain.
Florals and brights
A spring wedding is a fresh opportunity to bring out the brights and florals. You might like to colour-block or stick to one colour entirely for your outfit and shoes, or you could create a punchy contrast with a different coloured heel to your outfit. If you’re stuck for ideas, read my guide on spring wedding guest outfits next.