One thing I noticed while working as an event planner at a Five Star, Five Diamond resort is that there is a rather large grey area when it comes to dress code-appropriate shoes for women. Depending on the event you’re attending or the restaurant you’re dining in, sandals are considered inappropriate. The hard part is determining what constitutes a “sandal.” At the particular resort where I worked, “sandals” were considered to be any type of casual open-toed shoe you would wear to the pool or the beach. Unfortunately, that’s pretty subjective and vague. Do they mean flip flops? Or thong-style shoes in general? What if it’s a thong-style shoe with a heel? Just how dressy does it have to be, exactly?
Well, not to worry! I’ve rounded up some perfectly dress code-approved sandals that should work in most any resort setting. From espadrilles and wedges, to strappy dancing shoes and flats, I’ve got you covered. And remember: the concierge at your resort is a great resource for all your dress code-related questions. So if you’re wondering whether or not your shoes are appropriate, be sure to ask – it’ll save you the embarrassment of being turned away at the door (trust me, I’ve seen it happen many times!).
These 5 beauties are perfectly suited for dinner in a fine dining room, events in the ballroom, or cocktails at the resort’s upscale lounge. They’d all work well for the dressier events you’d be attending, although you could also wear them with slim, cropped pants and a tunic top for a more casual look. #1 is just adorable and would make the perfect match for a colorful sundress. #4 also comes in a bright blue suede version, and #5 is just so fun and flirty (also comes in black).
6 – Tory Burch, $295 // 7- Dolce Vita, $140 // 8 – Rebecca Minkoff, $195 // 9 – Sam Edelman, $150 // 10 – Jeffrey Campbell, $125 // 11 – Madewell, $98 // 12 – Splendid, $88 // 13 – Loeffler Randall, $295 // 14 – Dolce Vita, $80
For a more casual approach, these choices should work for most of the resort’s restaurants, lounges, and events. Many resorts have cocktails in the garden, dinner & dancing on the patio, or receptions in the main lobby, and these shoes would be appropriate for any/all of the above. I love the cheerful color of #6 and #13, as well as the tassel and bow details of #8, #9, and #10. Wedges and block heels are safe bets for lawn and garden events, since they don’t have pointy heels that might sink into the ground. And I don’t think many dress codes would consider the flats shown here to be pool/beach shoes. So, these are all comfortable, safe, & stylish bets!
Finally, anyone who knows me knows my obsession with Jack Rogers. These sandals are the bee’s knees. At my resort, I could get away with wearing Jack Rogers to nearly every event I worked or attended. They are stylish and comfortable (once you get them broken-in), and they last forever. Seriously – I still wear a pair I bought 10 years ago! Over time, the light leather darkens and the strap stretches out a little, but they hold up incredibly well. I have these babies in an assortment of colors, but time and time again I find myself gravitating to the platinum color – it goes with everything. But right now I’m seriously crushing on that sea foam green pair with the gold trim… I’m thinking I might just have to add it to my collection this spring!