Beautiful Barefoot Sandals for Your Destination Wedding

When we were initially planning on having a destination wedding, I knew I wanted to get married with my feet in the sand. 

Barefoot sandals, foot jewelry, or footless sandals are a widely popular choice amongst destination wedding brides. They’re elegant, inexpensive compared to other footwear, and easy to wear!

Walking on sand can be challenging on the best of days, and I knew there was no way I was going to be able to pull off wearing any type of shoe. My husband even picked out nice dress shoes and opted last minute to go barefoot!

Fortunately, there are so many beautiful styles of barefoot sandals out there that are perfect for a beach wedding.

I was so set on getting married barefoot, it didn’t even occur to me until later that I would need a pair of shoes for our reception. 😂

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What type of footwear should I wear for a beach wedding?

My number one recommendation will always be barefoot sandals, BUT this post is not to dissuade you from wearing heels to your wedding! I suggest barefoot sandals because I find them to be the most practical for a beach setting.

I’m sharing my personal experience and love of barefoot sandals, and providing some popular options for you.

Can you wear heels to a beach wedding?

If you want to wear heels to your destination wedding, wear them! But opt for a wedge, block heels, or flats (or something with more stability – you get the idea!). Don’t even consider heels – you’ll sink right down into the sand. 

Buy your dream wedding shoes for your reception. Since many receptions are on a flat surface, you’ll be fine to wear whatever you have your eyes on.

Won’t the sand be hot?

Usually most weddings are in the late afternoon or early evening, so the peak heat of the day has passed. But even during the day, while walking around on the beach, it isn’t scorching hot. To be completely honest, I didn’t even notice (while my dad was dragging me down the aisle 😂).

With thousands of brides getting married barefoot, I don’t think I’ve heard of one saying the sand is too hot to stand in. The sand never really gets hot – but it will feel nice on your feet!

I don’t even remember walking to the sand from our room.😂

But how do I get from my room to the ceremony? Won’t the concrete be hot?

Your wedding coordinator should be walking down with you to your ceremony. If you want, wear a pair of flip flops down from your room or bridal salon. Arrange with your wedding coordinator beforehand – your options will be to take them off and leave them to the side (and your wedding coordinator will fetch later) or put them in a bag and hand them to her. 

I walked down barefoot from the room, which is a bit strange, but this was one of those things I just didn’t think about!

If you’re worried about your flip flops going missing, Old Navy (or even the dollar store!) sells cheap ones.

You won’t be standing on concrete for long, since you will be walking. It can be a bit warm to walk on, but it’ll probably be one of the last things on your mind. 😉 

Barefoot Sandals for Destination Weddings

These beautiful alternatives to formal footwear are perfect for a beach wedding!

Bestseller No. 1
Abandon Girl Destination Wedding Barefoot…
  • Sequin beach wedding barefoot sandals,Perfect for the beach party.
  • These Bridal Barefoot sandals are perfect for your destination wedding.
  • One size (perfect fit for women size US 7- US 10)
  • They look great on bare feet or even under sandals. Great for yoga class and belly dancing!!
  • After order shipped,it will takes 10-15 working days for shipment
Bestseller No. 2
Lotus Champagne Barefoot Sandals for Destination…
  • 100% soft cotton fiber
  • One size fits all
  • Pack of 2 pieces 1 pair
Bestseller No. 3
Ruolai Beach Crochet Barefoot Sandals Lace Anklets…
  • One pair of barefoot sandals,Perfecto para la playa boda, fiesta, you will feel more beautiful with…
  • These gorgeous bridal barefoot sandals are made from a delicate lace. Elastic bands around the toe…
  • Layered barefoot sandals perfect for any occasion.Will be a perfect addition to your destination…
  • Lace anklets are very elegant and charming ornaments that will make you charming no matter when and…
  • Whether you wear them with shoes or barefoot sandals, these elegant crochet anklets have an earthy…
Bestseller No. 4
Swarovski Beach Wedding Foot…
  • Sold as a pair ,2 pieces,one for each foot.(Barefoot sandals are an all – In – one foot thong,…
  • Barefoot Sandals are One Size,But,They are very stretchy,can fit small to very large feet.(flexible…
  • Comfy to wear,It won’t dig into your ankle or stuck to your dress,you can wear them with shoes or…
  • They are simple but exquisite ,stunning Sparkle ,even more beautiful than picture. A big hit for…
Bestseller No. 5
Brinote Layered Wedding Anklet Shoes Crochet Beach…
  • Wedding toe anklet made of high quality material, it’s not break Ring anklet shoes is a tether,free…
  • Footless sandal must avoid exposure to liquid.Keep dry when storing.
  • Layered barefoot sandals perfect for any occasion.Will be a perfect addition to your destination…
  • Beach barefoot sandals ancklet are very cozy for your feet and luxurious foot jewelry.These foot…
  • Foot jewelry should be remove before taking a bath,swimming or applying product.When you don’t…

Vendor: FancyFeetsShops

Barefoot sandals

Vendor: FancyFeetsTeam

How adorable are the starfish??

Barefoot sandals for destination wedding with starfish

Vendor: WoodoDesign

Barefoot sandals are so easy to wear and put on.

footless sandals

Vendor: FancyyFeets

These ones are stunning. They look awesome in beach photos, too!

foot jewelry

Vendor: MccBarefootSandals

Barefoot sandals are also a popular bridesmaid gift!

Vendor: FancyFeetsShop

LOVE these ones!

Vendor: FULYAK

I ADORE these ones. I think they look awesome!!! These ones are a sleeve-type piece of footwear, giving you the illusion that you’ve jeweled your feet.

Vendor: FancyyFeets

Vendor: FancyFeetsTeam

The starfish really give these a beachy feel.

Vendor: Kimsically

These barefoot sandals will add your “something blue”!

Vendor: BarmineClub


Vendor: Barmine

Things to Keep in Mind

  • Hem your wedding dress to the length of your reception heels. This is advice from seamstresses. This will mean your dress may seem a little long while you’re walking barefoot, but for the 30 seconds or so you have to walk with it (I picked mine up a bit to the side), it’s manageable. Hemming to your ankle will not be the right length if you are wearing heels for your reception.
  • Just remember that shoes can be really hard to walk in on the beach! You won’t even see your footwear in your wedding photos.
  • Always check before ordering if your footless sandals come individually or as a pair. This happened to me! 😂 Thankfully I had enough time to order a second one, but it made me question…who orders just one???!

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  1. February 13, 2021 / 2:37 pm

    These are beautiful! I especially love the ones with the starfish on them. I haven’t seen these before and they are so, so pretty!

    • Sarah
      February 13, 2021 / 2:50 pm

      Thank you Karee! I love the starfish ones too 🙂

  2. February 14, 2021 / 12:12 am

    I didn’t even know what a barefoot sandal is and it turns out like the kind of thing I would go for! It’s like feet jewelry, but it never occurred to me to think of it in a wedding setting!

    • Sarah
      February 14, 2021 / 12:59 pm

      They make the best type of footwear for a beach wedding! 🙂

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