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What Shoes to Wear for Graduation: 6 Ideas

Apr 11, 2024

Graduation is a day of achievement and celebration and serves as a moment in time to see the fruits of a graduate’s hard work and dedication. As a proud attendee of the graduation ceremony, grab your tissues because you might be just as emotional – if not more! – than the graduates themselves. If you’re the one walking across the stage and into the next chapter of your life, you might be wondering what you should wear underneath that graduation gown. Whether you’re a graduate or watching them get their diploma, here are six ideas for shoes to wear at graduation.

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1. The Bermuda — Give a beach town vibe to your graduation look with the Bermuda. It’s a platform wedge that’s designed with a chic, stretchy wrap-around ankle strap. It comes in plenty of fun colors like the latest rainbow jute and orange or a pretty peony pink. Add a pop of color underneath your graduation gown with this easy-to-wear 3-inch wedge heel.


2. The Cannon Elevate your graduation style with wedge sandals like the Cannon. It’s the ultimate year-round sandal, lightweight, and specially made for all-day wear. The Cannon will keep you cool and comfortable when you’re running from the ceremony to the graduation party. This is your chance to show off your cute pedicure while keeping your feet comfy and happy.


3. The Cooper — The Cooper is the perfect espadrille wedge that pairs with just about anything. Available in a wide array of colors — from neutral tones to bright hues — the Cooper is a must-have for both graduates and mothers of graduates. Avoid heel pain when you wear this heel, thanks to the sling-back that allows for a blister-free heel.

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4. The Backless Cooper Slip into something cute like our cute slip-on shoes to wear on graduation day or at any graduation party. The Backless Cooper is one of our best-selling slip-on shoes. It’s an espadrille wedge heel with double straps, designed for extra comfort with a padded insole. Glide across the ceremony stage with ease in this 2-inch covered wedge heel.


5. The Porter — Check out our new slide, the Porter, which can help any mom of the graduate feel young and flirty while keeping classic Charleston Shoe Co. comfort. Make a fashion statement at the graduation party by wearing this platform espadrille with a feminine twist strap. It comes in classy neutral tones like black, white and a tan linen color to allow your outfit and other accessories to pop.


6. The Sumatra — If you’re looking for a more formal shoe, try the Sumatra. It’s one of our fabulous cocktail shoes with a sturdy heel, so you don’t have to worry about your feet sinking into the grass if you’re attending an outdoor graduation ceremony. The Sumatra comes with classic crossover straps and an updated rubber sole to make it an easy go-to wherever graduation day takes you. Headed to a party after the graduation ceremony? Try cocktail shoes that can take you from the ceremony to the celebration.

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If you’re a graduate, give yourself some height in your graduation gown with cute heels. As the graduate, Cosmopolitan shares that some popular and trendy graduation outfits to wear include jumpsuits, strapless sequin dresses, and mini dresses, all of which seamlessly fit underneath a graduation gown. If you’re a relative or friend attending the graduation, appropriate attire for graduation includes dress pants and shirts for men and dresses, suits or pantsuits for ladies. Remember that selecting the perfect pair of shoes for graduation is about comfort, practicality, and style — and Charleston Shoe Co. has all of that and more for your graduation ceremony.