This post was most recently updated on November 17th, 2019

Sequins top the list among the many glamorous holiday party & New Year’s Eve outfit choices, but picking the best shoes to wear with sequin dresses or what to wear with sequin skirts & even pants is an important part of the outfit process. 

Footwear usually is! Between hand-picked celebrity shoes, blogger shoe pairings & online catalogue styling, below are the top high heel style choices for your sparkly attire! Since this is the time to go glam, flats need not apply 😉


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Shoes can certainly make or break your outfit. You want your sequin pieces to shine & the best shoes for sequin dressing should complement, rather than compete for the sparkly part’s attention.

Of course, boots & flats can look cute for more casual outings. But since we’re chatting about New Year’s Eve & party outfits specifically, it’s one of those events where shimmer is best served up with a good high heel.

If your sparkly dress/pants/skirt is going to shine, great heels, in the form of pumps, sandals & peep-toes (pick your favorite!) will literally prop you up & make you sparkle at centre stage. That is the point, isn’t it? Below are my suggestions for the best shoe colors & styles to suit your sequin dresses, no matter what their shade or how intricate their print!

Style note: Emerald green, silver & gold frocks are trending this year. Which is great, because if a gold sequin dress is what you’re after, I’ve written up a full post on the what color shoes to wear with a gold dress too!

Not to mention I’ve written up a whole post on the best shoes & heels for cocktail dresses or any kind (including sequin dresses!).

Shoes to Wear with Sequin Dresses & Skirts

Black Heels with Sequin dresses

Black heels, sandals & booties are probably my favorite & possibly the best shoes to wear with sequin dresses. With a personal preference for black suede in a classic slinky pump, any black shoe will do. Just as long as it’s not any high boot! If I were to say what shoes not to wear with sequins, it would be that.

Why? Boots, especially taller ones, if not chosen correctly can be too “heavy” looking. Over-the-knee boots, on the other hand could potentially make you look like Julia Roberts (& not in a good way). But then again, taste and what your event calls for makes all the difference when choosing your sequin outfit accessories!

1. Black Pumps with Sequins

Best Shoes for Sequin dresses

When in doubt wear black pumps, n’est-ce pas?! Whether with an exposed or hidden platform, pointed toe or almond toe, with chunky heels or stilettos, the heel you most likely have in your shoe closet is your no-brainer best bet!

If you’re going to be on your feet and can’t handle the heels, you can opt for a classic black pointed-toe flat pump. Which can look just as chic!

And if you don’t have a pair of black high heel pumps or simple black shoes already stuffed in your wardrobe, then we need to talk. Stat. Emmy Rossum  & Victoria Justice may chime in too.


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2. Black Minimalist Sandals

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Surely the most prominent shoe of 2014, a black minimalist, barely-enough-straps-to-hold-in-your-foot, is another great choice. Think Stuart Weitzman Nudist or Steve Madden’s Stecy.

Also the most subtle shoe style that will let your dress sparkle & your feet look glam. Fabulous pedi required! This type of black sandal are the perfect shoes to go with silver dress


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Sequin Dress + Black Pumps with Opaque Tights

What Shoes to wear with Sequin Dresses

What tights to wear you ask? I love the look of opaque black tights & black pumps worn with a medium length or sparkly mini dress. This pairing works well with any color sequin dress & is especially visually seamless with suede shoes. See how the attention falls right to the dress?

When you’re wearing shiny clothes, that’s usually the part you want people to notice! Added bonus: your legs won’t freeze when ringing in the New Year! If you live in Canada, that, my friends is a big deal. Unless you’re going for a 90s-inspired look, I wouldn’t wear semi-sheer pantyhose with this look!


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3. Black Multi-Strap Heels

Shoes to Wear with Sequin Dresses

Strappy black heels add a dash of sass & loads of sexy to an already sultry look. Thinner straps will look daintier, while thicker black straps will add some edge, if that’s your sort of thing. Your choice on whether you prefer to wear an open-toe style or a closed toe version!


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4. Ankle Boots with Sequin Dresses & Skirts

Black Ankle Boots and Sequin Dresses

Wearing your party look on a particularly cool day? Why not opt for a simple black ankle bootie? The right boot, such the ones featured below, are simple & stylish enough to look fab with your sequin dress outfit. Otherwise, booties may look too clunky. I would opt for pointed toe boot with a stiletto or small block heel. 

Of course, black ankle boots aren’t the only option! You can also opt for white, a neutral such as beige or even go full-on shine with a metallic silver or gold boot. A red bootie can also be festive & fun.  It all depends on the sequin dress or skirt you are wearing. But if you want to keep on the ‘safe’ side, pick a black or white boot with your sequin dress!


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5. Nude Heels with Sequin Dresses & Skirts

Shoes to Wear with Sequin Dresses


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Nude heels that are close or an exact match to your skin tone is the best way to go if you want your sequin dress to stand out the most. Don a naked minimal sandal & the shoe-vanishing effect is complete!

Unless, of course, you decide to wear a pair of blush Valentino Rockstuds as Olivia Palermo, above. Still subtle, but hard not to notice those Rock Studs. If you know what I mean.

6. Matching your Shoes with Sequin Dresses

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Another alternative footwear option for sparkly dresses & skirts is matching them to your frock. I find metallic mirror sandals or pumps to be the “wildest” choice, best for the woman who likes to shine from head to shoe for NYE.

Be sure to match your metallic heel to your dress: gold with gold, silver with silver & so on so forth. A basic mirrored pump or sandal is a great choice.

If you’d like to take a lesser high-octave stance on your matchy-matchy shoes, canvas & suede materials are good contenders. You could also match the shoes to your outfit with printed footwear, like Anna Dello Russo above.

A bit of a daring move if you ask me, but if you’re feeling gutsy, go for it! Check out all of my posts on which shoes to wear with dresses!


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xo Cristina

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14 Comments

  1. Hi ,
    I am wearing an all black floor length full sequin gown with a thigh high leg slit, simialr to Dress the Population – Iris. Any suggestions on what kind of shoe to wear would be appreciated! I dont want to spend tons of money. By the way its, for a black tie wedding in Minnesota in February…burr!

    Ps…
    Any thoughts on accessories/jacket?

    • Hi Jenell!

      As it’s a winter event, I would opt for a closed-toe pointed toe, high heel pump. Color choice is up to you! You can keep it simple with a white leather, black suede or blush pump. Or have a little fun with color and opt for a red or pink pump, maybe? Sam Edelman’s Hazel pump comes in a variety of colors/materials and is currently on sale: http://bit.ly/2TCzJba

      I would definitely cover up with a lush shawl or stole (something like: http://bit.ly/2CXYRnd or http://bit.ly/2TFMTo6 or http://bit.ly/2TKaJPB)

      I hope this helps!
      xo Cristina

    • Hi Renata,

      As long as the accessories are minimal (such a stud earrings or a fine necklace) the combination shouldn’t be a problem. If you want a more subtle look, you can try wearing minimal silver or chrome jewelry instead. In terms of a purse, I would definitely keep it simple with a black or white clutch.

      I hope this helps!
      xo Cristina

  2. catarina vicente Reply

    Hi, I have a goldy bronze sequin dress for my brother’s wedding and as I am the godmother I thought about matching their colours and they loved the idea too. Do you think burgundy/wine/bordeaux shoes fit well with the dress? If so, what kind of shoes?

    Catarina Vicente

    • Hi Catarina,

      If you’d like to wear a wine-hued shoe with your dress to keep in theme, although it wouldn’t be a personal first choice for me (black or skin colour would top my list), it can definitely work. If that’s the plan, then I’d stick with a black purse. As for the type of shoes, that’s entirely dependant on what the dress looks like! That being said, you can never go wrong with a minimal sandal such as Stuart Weitzman’s Nudist (or Steve Madden’s Stecy – see my post on these shoes here), or a plain pointed, toe pump with stiletto heel.

      Hope this helps!

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