It’s that time of the year where school is rapidly coming to an end and the seniors are as anxious as ever. It’s a stressful time of the year, but in the end, this marks a monumental time in your life, so it is essential you look flawless! The exams are over, the school stress is at an all time low, and it’s time to strut to grab your diploma in some fabulous shoes.
Here at CF, we’ve got everything you need to graduate in style. We’ve already created a guide to graduation wear, showed you our favorite graduation outfits, shared some graduation cap ideas, and found cute graduation dresses for you. Now it’s time for the footwear.
But what kind of shoes go well with the cap and gown? There are so many styles out there, but we’re here to help you find the best graduation shoes. So here is a guide to the best shoes for graduation in a variety of colors and styles.
Strappy sandals are always a classic choice. They’re perfect for the spring season and are flattering and girly — perfect if you have a feminine sense of style. Here are a few cute strappy sandals that would be perfect for graduation:
The Splendid Fergie Lace-Up Sandal is an ideal choice for graduation day. The shoe is soft suede and wraps around your ankle to create a sophisticated look overall. The heel is thick, making it easy to walk in. It comes in a few different colors, but black is always a good option.
Every girl needs a classy pair of nude heeled sandals. The Jillian Strappy Sandal is dramatic and can be worn with a variety of outfit options. This stiletto is bold yet elegant and will look fabulous with your cap and gown.
Looking for more of a casual, comfortable strappy shoe? The Youlo Strappy Cage Sandal by Nine West is calling your name. Not only does it come in lots of colors, but it can be dressed up or dressed down. This versatile strappy sandal will take your outfit from okay to best-dressed.
Pumps are another classic choice. They look grown-up and stylish, and the best part is, if you buy a good pair you can re-wear them for tons of other occasions, possibly even to the office. Here are some cute pumps for graduation:
The Prizma Patent d’Orsay Pumps by Jessica Simpson are a classic yet sexy choice for graduation day. You can’t go wrong with the beige color — it goes with everything — so no matter what color your outfit is, you’re set. You will look absolutely fashionable in these.
The Tristan Pointed Toe Pumps by Sam Edelman are famous for being “day-to-night chic, perfected.” These are an awesome go-to pump that’s not too high, so it’s perfect if you usually hate wearing heels. They’re made to be comfortable for all occasions! As a bonus, they also come in a bunch of colors, though we love the Oatmeal Suede seen above. You won’t regret these fabulous pumps.
If you want to earn some extra fashion points at graduation, why not go with a trendy pair of mules? They’re unexpected and ultra-comfortable, so they’re a no-brainer. You can also wear them all summer long since mules are majorly trending right now.
The Gabby Sandal by Cole Haan is simple yet fashion-forward, finished in suede and ideal for your graduation outfit. They also boast a super chunky heel which makes them ultra-comfortable and wearable even if your graduation ceremony is on grass.
The Cicelle Sandal by Calvin Klein is another perfect shoe option to pair with your cap and gown. It comes in both taupe and black, and comes with unexpected gold studs on the back — so cute. They’re perfect for a girly yet trendy look.
The Camille Mule by Kristin Cavallari is made of woven leather and can be worn on dressy occasions, or for a casual day out. They’ll keep you comfy and are so sweet and on-trend. What’s not to love?
Although we aren’t the biggest fans of flats for graduation (it’s meant to be a formal and special occasion), we do understand that some girls just aren’t into heels. And that’s completely fine! If you’re set on flats, there are tons of cute flats that will look great at graduation. Here are a few of our faves:
The Tallye Ballet Flat by Athena Alexander is a shoe that every girl needs in her closet. It takes the classic ballet flat style and creates a feminine vibe with a scalloped top line for a chic, updated take on a simple style. If you have a girly sense of style, these are must-have shoes for graduation and beyond.
The Sasha Flat by BP is another classic flat shoe for graduation day. They’re simple but chic thanks to the pointed toe (which is ultra-flattering on most people). Without the fear of falling in your heels, you will be comfortable and look trendy at commencement. There are a variety of colors to choose from, too.
Yet another classic choice for graduation, the wedge has been a staple for commencement for years now. If your graduation ceremony is going to take place outdoors, on grass, a wedge is the perfect choice. You don’t want to have your stiletto punch through into the dirt, after all! Wedges are also great if you want to wear heels but need maximum comfort.
The Penelope Espadrille Wedge Sandal by Michael Michael Kors is perfect for this time of year — it offers just enough coverage to be comfortable, and although the heel is high, the platform keeps you comfortable.
The Kicker Wedge Sandal by Marc Fisher is an edgy, glam take on the espadrille wedge – in a variety of colors, too! The studded ankle strap creates a bold vibe that’s sure to stand out at your graduation ceremony.
What shoes are you wearing to graduation?
Congratulations, Class of 2018 – you did it! Now we want to hear from you.
Do you have your graduation shoes picked out yet? Which style of shoes is your favorite? Are you going to stick with comfy flats for graduation or are you going to go for a high heel? Tell us what you think in the comments!