Whether worn as holiday appropriate attire, a daring date dress or a evening look, one thing is for certain: we ladies love a bold red dress! Am I right? But that’s the easy choice. What color shoes to wear with red dress es is a little bit more tricky. I’ve created an in-depth guide to help you select the best shoe color to complement your crimson frock, in order to thoroughly answer your shoe styling question!

Keep in mind that if your dress is a burgundy, poppy or a pink tickled-red hue, it doesn’t matter. The following are the best color shoes to wear with a red dress; any red dress, no matter what type of “red” it actually is 🙂 Funny enough, these are the same shoe colors that look good with green dresses too. Maybe because green & red are complimentary colors? Who knows!! Oh, and be sure to check out widget right below for the best red dresses available at your favorite stores, at all price-points right now!


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Pssst…if you’re looking for styling suggestions on how to wear crimson shoes, head on over to my post on how to wear red shoes. Because I prefer to stay clear of matchy-matchyness of red dresses and accessories! Scroll way down to see which shoes not to wear with red too 😉

What Color Shoes to Wear with Red Dresses

1. Gold Shoes

What Color Shoes to Wear with Red Dress

My absolute favorite footwear match for a red dress is a metallic gold shoe. Whether a warmer or cooler toned heel, sandal or flat, gold definitely reigns supreme. This is one of the best color shoes to wear when pairing with a gown for a formal or cocktail occasion. A flat, simplified gladiator-like sandal in this rich color also works well with a casual streamlined or laid-back, bohemian style dress.




2. Red Dress with Black Shoes, Sandals & Boots

What Color Shoes to Wear with Red Dress

Ah, of course, black shoes: they go with almost, if not, every color & type of dress, am I right? I love the stark contrast they create compared to the red color & if your dress is one solid shade of red, you get an instant color-block effect between frock & shoes. I love how Zara paired black oxfords with a simple mini-dress (left), giving it a quirky spin! Opt for strappy sandals for instant glam.

Chunky heel boots look great with a red sweater dress & are a definite contender for a simple, yet sexy no-nonsense style. It’s a great, “I’m not trying too hard” look that’s great for more laid back first or second date, as the Topshop image on the right illustrates so well.

So yeah, if you want an all encompassing choice of shoe color to wear with your scarlet dress, this is a solid one!

3. Silver Heels & Shoes

What Color Shoes to Wear with Red Dress

When looking for shoes to wear with a red dress, another great metallic besides gold, is silver. Whether it be pointed-toe pumps. brogues or sandals, they make a great pair! Silver shoes are best matched with metallic jewelry in the same shade along with a red dress.




I love how the silver pumps are perfectly matched with the Proenza Schouler dress on the far right, bringing out the white detailing in the printed fabric. All three looks are a spectacular example of how to wear a red dress with silver shoes! On a side note, silver shoes are actually a great staple to have in your wardrobe as they match with almost any hue (and great color shoes to wear with a navy dress!).

4. White Shoes with Red Dresses

What Color Shoes to Wear with Red Dress

Great for Spring/Summer (especially if you live in snowy winter wonderland Toronto!) alternative to black or silver shoes is a bright white boot, sandal or sneaker. Less bold than black, but still contrasting (depends much on skin-tone & tights – if any- chosen), white shoes are the freshest of them all, when parked against a red dress.

White sneakers look amazing with a simple red style of dress & are a great way to dress down the vibrancy of the scarlet clothes. Obviously not the best choice, however, if off to a romantic Valentine’s dinner 😉 White sneakers and heels are some of my fave shoes to wear with black dress es, if you haven’t read that post of mine yet 😉

5. Nude, Beige & Blush Shoes

What Color Shoes to Wear with Red Dress

What color shoes to wear with red dresses? Just as listed: in that particular order! These neutral footwear colors look fabulous with red & are likely easily accessible from your shoe closet. It really makes the red outfit stand out & a Nudist-type sandal is a great way to let a more intricate red dress speak for itself.

I’d opt for a shade close to skin-tone for the maximum shoe diminishing effect. But whichever your skin color is, beige is fantastic paired with red outfits! Although I don’t always like a blush tone as it’s usually too ‘pinkish’ for red, it can often work. See Julia Roberts pairing her strappy blush heels with her dress at a premiere a couple years back? Looks really good! For a more casual look, a beige chunky heeled ankle boot would look amazing!




6. Red Dress Blue Shoes

red dress with blue shoes

If you’re feeling like pushing the fashion envelope, a red dress with blue shoes is a great & unexpected outfit mix. Keep the purse simple or over-the-top. But as long as the dress & shoe type makes sense, this red and blue combo is a even funner & eye catching way to wear red!

Two-Tone Colored Shoes with Red Dresses

If all of the above shoe colors look great with a red dress, why shoudn’t a mix look just as good? Below are my favourite two-tone combinations of shoe shades to make your hot hued dress look even better!

7. Black & White Shoes

What Color Shoes to Wear with Red Dress

If you can wear black shoes with a red dress as well as a pair of white ones, why not wear a two-tone shoe with your outfit? Although it’s more tricky to style red with a black/white shoe, the simpler the dress, the easier it will be to style a colorblock shoe. That being said, if you’re style savvy & have a good eye for detail, a more intricate black & white shoe with an even more complex printed dress can work. Just check out how Neiman Marcus replicated Saint Laurent’s runway red/white/pink floral dress with a two-tone ancient Greek printed platform (above pic on the left). It works really well, but not the easiest combo to pair! Then again, the dress isn’t completely red, now is it? 😉

8. Gold or Blush Combo Shoes

What Color Shoes to Wear with Red Dress

If you take gold or nude shoes that has another color that, on its own, works well paired with red, then you’re good to go. Gold toe-caps on nude pumps looks amazing with Kirsten Bell’s intricate dress (left). The heel “capped” black pointed toe pumps look just as fabulous with the bow waisted red dress on the far right. The black/blush floral pump in the middle is a surprisingly fun match! Again, this last one is more difficult to put together, but the blush clutch & the black nail polish really brings the shoes & the dress together in an atypical & fun way.

9. Black Shoes with Metallic Embellishments

What Color Shoes to Wear with Red Dress

Again, if one shoe color works great with a red, why shouldn’t a bedazzled or studded shoe look good? Usually it will, so if you have some metallic or rhinestone adorned nude, black or white sandals, go ahead & wear them with your red dresses!

10. Brown Shoes

What Color Shoes to Wear with Red Dress

Can you wear a red dress with brown shoes? I’m on the fence about this one, because it’s a bit of a ‘tricky’ color, so to speak. As you can see with the image on the far right & that of Pippa Middleton in the, uhm, middle, their brown shoes are actually a very close match to their skin tone. So we could actually call these a ‘nude’ color on these ladies, could we not?

The outfit on the left looks alright because it matches the pseudo-boho style she’s going for & the dress is also contrasts the shoes by the opaque black rights. Not sure if it would look as good without the stockings, though. As you can see with the pictures right above, brown/tan shoes with red dresses work well for more easy-going, less dressy looks. And particularly so if they match your skin tone!

Now that sums up that what color shoes to wear with red dress es post, but that doesn’t mean other colors can’t look great too. A minimal red dress with simple lines could look killer with the following:

  • patent yellow pointed pumps
  • purple sandals
  • fuchsia heels

But…What About Red Shoes with a Red dress?

Going matchy matchy with your shoes & red dress ONLY works if you’re going to a black tie/red carpet event. Is that your case? Then keep your shoes minimal, like Rosamund Pike did, below, wearing a stunning red lace gown with her what is Givenchy’s version of a red satin Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandal.

Can’t resist those crimson shoes & need to wear them? find out here how to wear with red shoes!

Best 2015 Oscars Red Carpet Shoes

One thing to keep in mind is that when wearing red, is it’s best to go for bold contrast or barely-there shoe looks. Although personal taste is subjective, the colors listed up above will do your red outfit the most justice & can easily be considered your easy go-tos.

So hopefully I solved your red dress dilemma. If not, please a comment below & be sure to let me know how I can help you shoe-style your dress!

PS: If you’re looking for an even more statement-making dress, check out ShoeTease’s styling guide to the best shoes to wear with sequin dresses, skirts and pants!

Love skinny jeans?  Find out which shoes with skinny jeans look best, here!

xo Cristina

What Color Shoes to Wear with Red Dress

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11 Comments

  1. Christina Drozdz

    I have a dilemma! I’m going to a wedding and have decided to wear a red dress.
    Now, what colour shoes do I wear, I have barely red and barely black and gold sandal type to chose from. But it doesn’t stop there – what colour nails?
    Decisions Decisions!! I have dark hair
    Thank you in advance 🙂
    Christina

    • Hi Christina!
      Yes, the struggle is real! I would go for either the black or gold sandals with a beige or off white mani & pedi, especially in the summer. If you’re feeling vampy, you could also opt for a dark burgundy polish. Let me know how it goes!
      xo Cristina

  2. Angela Cooper

    im brown skinned and i want to wear dark nude shoes with my red dress. nude does come in all colors. for you its brown for me its nude

    • Yep, nude is what’s “nude” for you! That’s why all our posts specify that “nude” should be considered a shade close to one’s skin-tone, especially if you’re going for a leg lengthening look. Thanks for passing by!
      xo Cristina

  3. Joanna Jordan

    Hi there, I found this article from a quick google search for something else and found it really interesting and educational. I’m attending a pretty formal wedding next month and am wearing a solid red dress, I actually already got some shoes to wear – after struggling to find the right shade of nude I eventually opted for a barely there red sandal! But I’m now having some trouble finding a decent clutch to wear, I just don’t know where to start! Any help would be hugely appreciated.

    • Hi Joanna, so glad we could help you out! If you’re going red-on-red, I’d opt for a blush, beige, gold or black clutch (or two-tone). Opt for something small, structured (nothing flimsy) & you can even go the bedazzled route to kick it up a notch too.

      It’s difficult to suggest a specific purse, as it depends entirely on what price point you’re looking at. However, if you want to splurge, I’m a sucker for a classic M2MALLETIER, which is also great for everyday wear (http://bit.ly/23uGb75) or a simple monogram SL (http://bit.ly/22ujH0c) or Louboutin (http://bit.ly/1SMGYpc). If you want to spend less, ASOS has a few good choices (loving the elaborate ones from Aldo in particular: http://bit.ly/23uHuD9).

      Hope this helps & please let us know how it goes!
      xo Cristina

  4. Adeduntan Ronke

    I found the suggestions more educative than I initially thought. Simple and well illustrated. Thanks a lot.

    • Thanks! I’m so happy you found my red shoe styling post informative 🙂 xo Cristina

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    Amazing shoes, beautiful women and sexy looks 🙂

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