Shoes for a Funeral: Dos and Don’ts

May 21st, 2020

If you’ve never attended a funeral before or you’re involved in your first funeral planning in Philadelphia, you might be unsure what is and isn’t appropriate attire. While most people know that an all-black ensemble is traditional, many funerals today take a more relaxed approach, with shades of white, cream, and navy being seen as more acceptable than in previous years. However, rules on shoes and footwear remain strict. If you’re attending a funeral, be sure to read these footwear “dos and don’ts” before you choose your outfit.

  • Do: choose closed-toed shoes. Many styles of women’s shoes feature a peep-toe or open toed design. These shoes are not usually considered appropriate for a funeral service, even during the summer months. Opt for a conservative, closed-toed pair of heels or flats.
  • Don’t: wear sneakers. No matter if you’re a guy or a girl or if your sneakers are matte black or neon pink, you should never wear any form of athletic wear to a funeral service.
  • Do: break your shoes in beforehand. If you’ve had to purchase new shoes for an upcoming funeral service, don’t be afraid to take a long walk in them before the date of the service. Some funeral services may involve hours of standing, so you should take steps (literally) to ensure that you’ll be focused on the service and not on the pinching in your feet.
  • Don’t: go too high. While short heels are appropriate for a funeral, you shouldn’t choose shoes with a heel that’s too high. Stick to heels at or below an inch tall or choose a pair of dark-colored flats.

Losing a family member can be one of the most difficult experiences in life. McCafferty Funeral Home is available 24/7 to help you plan your funeral or low cost cremation in Philadelphia. Call our team for immediate service. 


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