Not only is green a fashionable color, but it's also the perfect holiday hue to celebrate Springtime, St Patrick's Day, Christmas & New Year. Not including other celebrations such as summer weddings! And why not?
Today I'm lining up the best color shoes to wear with green dresses & emerald outfits in 2023. Bright or Dark green are such under-appreciated colors, don't cha think?
Whether you're looking to clothe your bridesmaids in the perfect shoes to match their emerald green dresses, you'll get some great options.
One of the great things about green dresses is that aside from a couple of exceptions, the following shoe choices will go with many greens.
These include emerald green dresses, hunter green dresses, apple green, lime green frocks, and any similarly colored dark green outfit. Below is the complete shoe guide to green dresses of all shades of green!
This is great news, because khaki is the trendiest of all greens this coming Spring/Summer. So if you're looking to wear a green outfit or flowing gown & having trouble deciding which colored sandals or pumps to pair with it, you've come to the right place!
While putting this shoe styling post together, I noticed that almost all of my top colors to pair with shades of green are almost the same color shoes that go with red dresses. It might be due to green & red being complimentary colors & whatnot, but it was surprising nonetheless!
10 Best Color Shoes to Wear with Green Dresses
1. Silver Shoes
Whether it's a minimalist sandal, brogue or pump, it doesn't matter. Silver looks exceptional with green anything & absolutely any shade of it.
This includes emerald green, hunter green, khaki green and bright apple green. Just as you can see from the pictures above. This color combo makes for a great bridesmaids dress + shoe pairing.
Not only that, it's a shade that works with almost every outfit color (& my fave color shoes to wear with navy dress!), so silver is a great metallic option to have in your shoe closet.
Shoe Styling Tip: Mirror metallic silver is my top choice material for your silver shoes, giving it an up-to-date feel & modern edge.
That being said, even opaque or sparkle silver metallics will look great with green (they're just not my favorite choices!)
Favorite Silver Shoes & Heels:
2. Gold Shoes
A warmer alternative to silver, gold is one of the most sophisticated shoe colors you can wear with all green dresses. Whether a dark green dress, hunter green dress, emerald green or vibrant green!
And as the trendy metallic of the moment, you really can't go wrong with gold!
A light, almost silver-gold will look fab. Rose gold shoes with a green dress is also a great pairing. Especially when pairing it with a lighter green dress like the one pictured above right.
If you're looking for a pretty gold sandal, check out Sam Edelman's Yaro. Out for a pump? Vince Camuto's Gabe pump is a great contender. If gold loafers are more your thing, these gold Gucci-inspired loafers are amazing!
Shoe Styling Tip: Gold shoes look elegant with emerald green evening looks such as gowns & prom dresses. When wearing gold heels, opt for matching gold accessories such as jewelry.
Favorite Gold Shoes & Heels:
3. Black Shoes
Didn't think I'd omit this one, did ya? Black shoes with a green dress is a got-to combo.
I especially like a hunter green dress with black shoes. Check out the two hunter dark green outfits, above as an example.
The only thing black heels or flats with a green look won't do is add much contrast, especially when pairing it with darker, muted greens.
Minimal black heels & sandals are a great choice when you want your green clothes to take the spotlight!
Sam Edelman makes a great, simple but comfy pointed pump called the Hazel. It comes in many colors & you can take it from ballroom to boardroom, to the bar!
Shoe Styling Tip: If you want to add a little punch to your black footwear, look for either patent uppers or textured materials such as a reptile print.
A black shoe with a plexiglass or metallic heel will also add a little something to your little black shoe!
Favorite Black Shoes & Heels:
4. Nude or Beige Shoes
In terms of beige, I prefer a beige heel or sandal to a blush one, but if you only have a blush pump to choose from in your closet, rest assured it will still look good with your green frock. Or pantaloons!
Shoe Styling Tip: The best ‘nude' is a flesh tone that matches your own complexion (and it doesn't hurt that this will give you a leggy-er look in your short hemline!).
Favorite Beige Shoes & Heels:
5. White Shoes
White shoes work well with green clothes & the less minimal the shoe, the more casual it becomes. If you'd like to wear white heels with a more formal green look, try basic sandasl such as Stuart Weitzman's Nudist, or a simple leather pointed-toe pump.
Shoe Styling Tip: As basic white running shoes are a Spring staple, they'll make your green t-shirt dress & emerald sweats look on-point!
Favorite White Shoes & Boots:
6. Brown Shoes
Another great shoe color to wear with green in order to create a more laid-back & “earthy” feel, is a brown shoe.
All shades of brown work well with green, but I think caramel brown hues look best with darker shades of green. Or you can go the opposite route with a light taupey-brown.
Lighter greens colors contrast better with deeper espresso shades.
Favorite Brown Shoes & Heels:
7. Black and White Shoes
Of course, if black or white shoes pair well with green dresses, so will a mix of the two. I love polka dotted shoes, snake print shoes in white/black/beige hues as well as a contrasting zebra print shoe.
All of these shoe choices make for a fun look with green dresses and outfits, and are ideal for a lively event!
White snake print remains a fairly neutral choices, polka-dots and especially zebra prints may be a little much for a conservative office setting.
Purse Styling Tip: pair a purse color of the same shade as your shoes: black, white or one of the neutral beiges from a snake or similar reptile print.
Favorite Black and White Shoes :
8. Leopard Print Shoes
I looove leopard print shoes & booties with green! This animal print works really well with any bold colour, really.
As you can see from the pics above (which happen to all be leopard print pumps by coincidence), emerald & apple green make a great pairing with it!
And if the ladies from the top-tier blogs Atlantic-Pacific (left) & Pink Peonies (center) are pairing this print with their green garb, then you know can't go wrong 😉
Shoe Styling Tip: Although most greens look ravishing with classic leopard or cheetah print shoes, the bolder the color, the better. Check out my guide on what to wear with leopard print shoes!
Favorite Leopard Shoes:
9. Contrast Color Shoes
If you want to go the opposite direction of neutral, pairing green ensembles with a contrasting color is a fun way to do it!
This will certainly get you noticed, as both your outfit & your shoes complement each other further to make you stand out – just guessing here – black-clad crowd. These are my top shoe color picks to wear with green:
Any shade will do. I love pale yellow with all shades of green, while vibrant sunshine yellows hues are fab with emerald green and & lime greens. Love this color shoes with emerald green dresses especially!
Shop Yellow Shoes:
Pink & Coral Shoes
Barbie or bubble pink looks great with a lime or bright green dress. Fuchsia or coral looks fab with darker shades of green like hunter green and army green.
A coral shoe is great choice for darker greens, but make sure it's more pinkish than orange, otherwise you might look dressed for Halloween.
Favorite Pink Shoes:
Shop Coral Shoes:
Not the most appreciated color with green, but it can work! I love a contrasting light blue shoe or heel with a darker green dress, or a deeper blue cobalt shoe with a medium to light green dress.
Favorite Blue Shoes:
Amazing contrast with greens of any sort, especially apple & emerald, if the purple hue is vibrant or closer to a magenta shade.
Shop Purple Shoes:
What Color Shoes Not to Wear with Green Dresses?
There are the best color shoes to wear with green dresses and outfits & then there are the not so much! The three no-no colors with green include, in no particular order:
- Red Shoes – unless you're aiming for a Christmas-themed outfit. Yikes. This is my advice on my post about how to wear red shoes!
- Navy Shoes– too similar to a dark green shade to look great. However, it can work with a lighter blue dress.
- Orange Shoes – could make you look a bit pumpkin-like when wearing a bright or medium green dress or pants, but it can work with very dark green colors. Or, you can choose a lighter, almost yellow-orange hue instead.
What About Green Dresses with Green Shoes?
Unless you're pairing 2 completely opposite shades of green together, or are going to be making an appearance on a red carpet somewhere, getting all matchy-machy with your greens could be waaaay too much green. Just google Kim+Kardashian+green to get an idea!
Oh & green shoes are so fun in the summer with a white dress! Check out the full round-up of shoes to wear with white dresses here.
And if you love green shoes & unsure how to wear them, here are some outfits with green shoes to inspire you!
Cristina is the chief editor, fashion & shoe expert here at ShoeTease. As a seasoned stylist and women's fashion & shoe designer, she boasts over 20 years of experience in the fashion industry. She loves crafting effortless outfits for ladies both online and off and believes that styling advice should be accessible to everyone. Whether you're a styling pro or just starting out, Cristina's here to guide you on your fashion journey! Learn more.
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