Ask Belle: Shoes for Spring/Summer Weddings

Mar 16, 2015

With the change of seasons, there are a lot of Ask Belle e-mails in my box that I want to cover this week.  Not every post will be a reader query, but many of them will be.

Dear Belle,

Help! I’m the matron of honor for an evening in late-May California wedding(think: mountain, outdoorsy, lace, a bit southern style) and the bridesmaids are wearing short navy dresses all the same color, different styles.

We need shoes! Wedges preferred, nude color, but no canvas style heels as that’s a bit too casual. We’re open to some metallic as well. Under $80 please!

Thank you!! Matron Mal

For spring and summer weddings, I like to stick to flesh-toned shoes and metallic shoes.  I know this will be a topic that applies to many readers, so I’d like to expand upon this question for all the ladies who are headed to weddings this summer and don’t want to spend a fortune on footwear.

This post will cover shoes that can be worn to warm-weather weddings, indoor or outdoor, casual or cocktail.  All choices are under-$100.

Wedges for Outdoor Ceremonies

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Madden Girl Ursey Wedge ($39)

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Liz Claiborne Paula Wedges ($30)

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Isola Fidelia Wedges ($99)

*also in gold metallic.

Pumps & Heels

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Badgley Mischka Kennedy Heels ($103, limited sizes)

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Madden Girl Geritee Pumps ($49)

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Nine West Simplistic Pumps ($89)

*also in gold.

Summer Sandals

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a.n.a Hollie Heels ($60)

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HeartSoul Laser Cut-out Heel ($35)

*I like these for a casual wedding. I think they’re unique and stylish.

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Steve Madden Stecy Sandal ($64)

Flats

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Betsey Johnson Cake Flats ($79)

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Nine West Byteme Peep Toe Flats ($74)

For Darker Skintones

This article from Disrupting Dinner Parties discusses some options for flesh-toned shoes for darker skin tones, but the links are all a year old.  So I put together a few choices.

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Vince Camuto Kain Pump ($98)

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Adrianna Papell Farell Pump ($99)

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Jazz Ankle Sandals ($79)

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  1. Brittany says:

    Hey Belle, thanks a bunch for including nude options for darker skin tones! Super helpful 🙂

  2. A.J. says:

    I have had those Madden Girl wedges and they feel soooooo cheap. do not recommend.

  3. Matron Mal says:

    Love these options! Thank you!

  4. MM says:

    Love these wedges from JCrew Factory. Go well with my pink undertone skin. I am 7.5 – 8 and went with an 8. Perfect bare legged, a bit slippery with hose at that size.

    https://factory.jcrew.com/womens-clothing/shoes/pumpsandheels/PRDOVR~95993/95993.jsp?color_name=bronzed-clay

  5. Paula says:

    Love the options for darker skin.

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