The Best Shoes to Wear for Your Desert Elopement

December 10, 2021

When it comes to planning your attire for a desert elopement, there’s something that we think all brides need to consider ahead of time – the right shoes! Depending on where you’ve selected to have your elopement, you’ll want to look at a few different shoe options rather than the classic bridal pump or stiletto sandal. Whether you’re trekking through sandy dunes or walking across a dry lake bed, don’t make the mistake of ruining your favorite shoes! Here’s a few different styles to think about when planning your ensemble.

The Best Shoes to Wear for Your Desert Elopement
Photo by Molly Grunewald Photography

Flats

Comfortable flats will never fail you on your elopement day! Especially if you’re planning to climb around the canyon rocks or go for a stroll through the desert. When it comes to the fabric, we’d recommend steering away from velvet or silk as they can stain easily. Here are some of our top picks for wedding day flats:

Badgley Mischka Gigi Flats

Samantha Half d’Orsay Flat

Bella Belle Willow Skimmer Flat

The Best Shoes to Wear for Your Desert Elopement
Photo by Karla Grzankowski 

Chunky Heels

If you really want to wear a pair of heels on your elopement day, then make sure you go for a chunky heel design. A chunky heel will be much easier to walk in overall – it won’t get caught in any small rock crevices! If you’re nervous about wearing them the entire time, you can always bring them along and change right before your ceremony. Here are some of our top picks for chunky heels:

Sam Edelman Kia Heels

Jewel by Badgley Mischka Giona Block Heels

Nine West Pruce Ankle Strap Sandal

The Best Shoes to Wear for Your Desert Elopement
Photo by Feel and Focus Photography

Ankle Booties or Hiking Boots

Shoes that were truly made for walking! If you’re planning to spend the day exploring the canyons, you may want to consider a hiking boot or a flat-heeled ankle boot that has great tread and support. That way, you’ll feel comfortable all day long and are ready to go on an adventure whenever the ceremony is over. Here are some of our favorite hiking boots and shoe options:

Freya Rose Sparrow Boots

Marc Fisher Gadri Pointed Toe Bootie

ON Cloudrock Waterproof Hiking Boot

Steve Madden Rhinestone Bootie

The Best Shoes to Wear for Your Desert Elopement
Photo by Feel and Focus Photography

Cowboy Boots

When you want to wear boots but also want to add a bit of flair, pair your wedding gown or set with some stylish Western boots. We’ve even had some of our brides decorate the bottom of their boots with something cute to remember the day when they wear them again. Whether you go for solid leather or an embellished design, have fun with it! Here’s some great ones to consider:

Lily Cowboy Boots

Steve Madden Hayward Western Boot

Jeffrey Campbell Rancher Western Boot

The Best Shoes to Wear for Your Desert Elopement
Photo by Onyx and Arrow

Sneakers

When in doubt, throw on your favorite pair of sneakers! We’ve heard it straight from our brides that they love the idea of being comfortable at all times during their elopement. If you’re not a fan of heels or boots, this might be the perfect option for you. You can even sign your names and wedding date on them as a keepsake! Here’s a few sneaker styles that we love:

Keds x Kate Spade Glitter Sneaker

Converse Chuck Taylor Rhinestone

Soludos Ibiza Classic Leather Sneaker

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