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
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
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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!
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!
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