(Closed) Guys' shoes for beach wedding?

posted 4 years ago in Grooms/men
Post # 4
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Busy bee

What about deck shoes (like Sperry Top-Siders)?  We are getting married outside on the intracoastal, but not in the sand and that’s what the guys in our wedding party are wearing.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee

mrsyeti:  I was going to suggest Sperry top-siders too!

Post # 6
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2013

Hmm, every guy I know who has gotten married on the beach has gone barefoot or worn Rainbow flip flops, but it sounds like those options are out. I can’t imagine any type of shoe that would be remotely comfortable after it’s filled with sand.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee

Another vote for boat shoes.  I would probably find it in your budget to pay for them though since it is a very specific type of shoe that not everyone wears on a daily basis.

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I went to a wedding last summer on the beach and the guys were in Sperry Top Siders! They looked great, that’s my vote too. 

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

I vote boat shoes too. No socks.

Post # 11
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

Another vote for deck shoes. Another alternative could be espadrilles. 

Post # 12
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Busy bee

freckles071611:  I potentially disagree that the bride & groom should buy the shoes.  I think it depends on how specific you are (brown deck shoes vs. a certain style # of Sperrys, for example) and your group of groomsmen.  In our group, they all do wear boat shoes on a regular basis with maybe one exception (lots of boaters and/or people who work in the boating industry).  If OP’s group is like that, then I don’t think she should feel obligated to buy the shoes for them.  And we just said brown deck shoes so they could get any brand/style they wanted (or wear a pair they already owned), it wasn’t like we specified Sperry Gold Cups.  Plus deck shoes are cheaper than dress shoes, for example – and a lot of guys would probably have to go out and buy those if they work in a more business casual environment.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee

mrsyeti:  Then maybe OP should just tell the guys to wear brown shoes.  But to say “buy brown boat shoes” is pretty specific.  My H would never wear them again.  But he does have a pair of brown dress shoes (non-shiny) that would work fine.  I think when you start requiring a specific style you need to front the money.  But if you just say “brown shoes” then you are fine.  It would be like asking your girls to buy “nude shoes” vs “nude, peep toe, sling back heels.”

So I will readjust my agreement with the boat shoes.  They would be a good option, but I think telling the guys to wear brown shoes, and them knowing it is on the beach, will be just fine. Anyways between the sand and the long pants no one will really see their shoes that much.

Post # 14
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Worker bee

Sanuks are great beach shoes but somewhat casual.

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