South Tahoe Outdoor Wedding Shoes for Every Season

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A gorgeous pair of kicks on the beach at The Landing Resort and Spa in Lake Tahoe. (Photo courtesy of Indigo Photography by Brandi)

Whether you plan your Lake Tahoe outdoor wedding for winter, spring, summer, or fall, one thing is certain: The shoes will take some extra thought. After all, no one wants to see you (or any of your bridesmaids) suffer an outdoor stiletto disaster.

But, while it might mean a bit more forethought on the shoes, an outdoor mountaintop or lake beach wedding also means you’ll have plenty of opportunities to exercise your creativity. Here are a few ideas to get your wheels turning.

Go Pretty and Practical


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Wedges will forever top the list of pretty and practical outdoor wedding shoes. (Photo by Scott Webb)

Practical can be oh-so-pretty! Heels are gorgeous and leg-lengthening, no doubt. But those spikes love to sink in the sand and gouge holes in the grass. That’s why, when it comes to mountain outdoor weddings, wedges are always at the top of the “pretty and practical” category.

Wedges allow you to wear a heel as high as you like, without risking an awkward (and potentially disastrous) trip down the aisle. They come as fancy or as casual as you can imagine—from glittery strappy sandals to colorful canvas slides and earthy espadrilles. And they’re better for your feet.

Little sneaks

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Little white sneakers are always a winner for outdoor mountain weddings. (Photo by Felix Russel)

Whoever said little white sneakers weren’t pretty? No one! Because, with a wedding or bridesmaid dress, they are totes adorable! Plus, little feminine sneakers bring in the option of socks, where the possibilities for cuteness are virtually limitless (think lace trimmed scrunchie-style).

Of course, there’s no need to stick with white. Imagine a fun polka dot or flowered print. Or even have a shoe-customizing party before the ceremony, where you and your bridesmaids can go all out with puff paint, glitter, and glue.

Go Edgy and Wild


hiking boots with wedding dress
Could these be any more perfect for an outdoor mountain wedding? (Photo by Eric Ward)

It’s a mountain wedding. Why not wear hiking boots? Not only are they an obvious and ingenious choice, they’ll have your friends oohing and aahing about your trendsetting edginess (even if Aunt Irma doesn’t approve).

Plus, you can go a couple of ways with the hiking-boot option. First, you might want to think of it as an opportunity to spend a bundle on some incredibly awesome hikers for future use. After all, no one will question the cost this time around (wink-wink). Second, consider going grand with your wedding style statement. If you do a bit of research, you’ll find all sorts of specialty options. White lace hikers, anyone?

Chunky platform heels

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Platform heels are fiercely fabulous. And they work great for outdoor mountain weddings. (Photo by Scott Webb)

Chunky platform heels are always a fun option wherever you go. But, for an outdoor mountain wedding, they’re golden.

Like wedges, chunky heels allow for some lift without quite as much tripping risk. They can also add an element of festive ferocity (if you choose the right, bright pair). Consider glittery red, glitzed-out green, or a fierce feline print (you might as well go all out!).

Go without

barefoot bride
Nothing is more romantic than going barefoot. (Photo by Dominik Martin)

The going-without option goes without saying for a South Tahoe outdoor wedding. (Well, unless you’re dreaming of a winter wedding. In that case, you might want to consider snow boots—along the same lines as the hiking boots discussed above. Super cute!)

But, back to barefoot… you just can’t lose with this option. Bare feet are romantic, sweet, adorable, and go well with any attire. There’s even an element of symbolism in there—the wedding ceremony is sacred ground, after all.

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Outdoor weddings are always amazing in South Tahoe. (Photo courtesy of Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel)

Whatever you put (or don’t put) on your feet, your Lake Tahoe mountain wedding is guaranteed to be gorgeous. Have a look at these beautiful South Lake Tahoe venues: Lake Tahoe Resort Hotel, The Ridge Tahoe, The Landing Resort and Spa, Lake Tahoe Cruises / Zephyr Cove Resort, Edgewood Tahoe, Beach Retreat and Lodge at Tahoe, and Hard Rock Cafe Tahoe. And get busy planning!


For more information about planning your South Tahoe dream wedding, check out Lake Tahoe Visitors Authority (LTVA) website.