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I’m a Stylist – These are the 12 Color Shoes to Pair with Red Dresses | ShoeTease

I’m a Stylist – These are the 12 Color Shoes to Pair with Red Dresses | ShoeTease

Whether worn as a holiday outfit, a daring date dress or an evening look, one thing is for certain: we ladies love a bold red dress still in 2024! Am I right?

But the dress selection is the easy pick. Since the dress color is so bold, deciding what color shoes to wear with red dresses–and accompanying purses colors–can be tricky.

I'm Cristina, your ShoeTease stylist with 20+ years of experience crafting fashion looks! In this dress guide, I'll help you select the best shoe color to complement your crimson frock & give suggestions on what heels for red dresses work best.

At the end of the post, I'll also suggest which shoes not to wear with red dresses, too!

If your dress is a burgundy, poppy or a pink tickled-red hue, the shoe colors in this post apply. They're all the best color shoes to wear with most red dresses or outfit. That means any red dress, no matter the red tinge.!

If your dress is a darker wine-red, be sure to read my post on the best color shoes for Burgundy dresses!

12 Best Color Shoes to Wear with Red Dresses

1. Gold Shoes for Full Glam

3 women wearing a red dress with gold shoes to illustrate what color shoes to wear with red dress outfit.

I absolutely favorite footwear to match 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 and a fab color shoes for a cocktail dress and great shoes for lace dresses.

A flat, minimalist strappy sandal in this rich color also looks great with a casual or bohemian style red dress.

If you're looking for a wear-with-everything gold sandal, check out Sam Edelman's Yaro. Out for a pump? Nordstrom's Abilyn pump with a chic strap is a great contender.

Looking for a strappy party heel? Check out these Sam Edelman Alisandra sandals, which are amazing!

Purse Styling Tip: black, white or matching gold purse.

Favorite Gold Shoes & Heels:

Sam Edelman

(Related Post: How to Wear Red Shoes)

2. Nude, Beige or Blush Shoes

3 ladies wearing a red dress with nude shoes to illustrate what color shoes to wear with red dress.

What color shoes to wear with red dresses? Beige to taupe to blush hues! These neutral footwear colors look fabulous with red & are likely easily accessible from your shoe closet.

However, a red dress and nude shoes & heels (no matter what your shade of “nude”) is a fan favorite! Which is surprising to some, but believe me when I tell you that these are neutral color shoes that go with everything!

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.

Stuart Weitzman's Nudist sandal & the designer's new satin Square Nudist which is all kinds of amazing! A less pricey alternative is Sam Edelman's perfectly minimal Patti Strappy Sandal.

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 any red dress outfits!

Although I don't always like a blush tone as it's usually too ‘pinkish' for red, it can often work.For a more casual look, a beige chunky heeled ankle boot would look amazing!

Purse Styling Tip: gold, rose gold, white or matching purse.

Favorite Nude Heels – Each Available in Various Tones:

Sam Edelman
Brown leather pointed toe pumps on white background.
Sam Edelman
tan suede block heel sandals on white background.
Sam Edelman
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3. Black Shoes for Drama

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.

Looking for black sandals? Stuart Weitzman’s NudistSong strappy sandals (available here at Nordstrom) is a great choice. Or if you’re looking for a lower price, Steve Madden makes a nice minimal sandal called Stecy that you can also buy here

Sam Edelman makes a great, simple but comfy pointed pump called the Hazel. It comes in many hues and & you can take it from the ballroom to boardroom and then to the bar!

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

Purse Styling Tip: white, matching black or metallic purse.

Favorite Black Shoes & Heels:

Sam Edelman
Stuart Weitzman
Sam Edelman

4. Silver Shoes for Sparkle

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.

If you're looking for a closed toe silver shoe, J.Reneé's ‘Maressa' silver pointy toe pump from Nordstrom has been quite the hit this season with it's interesting texture & reasonable price. 

Popular strappy silver heeled sandal is Chinese Laundry from Nordstrom (priced for under $100).

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.

They're also an easy solution to the frequently asked question of what color shoes with navy dresses to wear!).

Purse Styling Tip: matching silver, black or white purse.

Favorite Silver Shoes & Heels:

Jessica Simpson
Stuart Weitzman

5. Clear Heels for the Cool Factor

Collage of 5 women wearing different color shoes with a red dress.

Trendy, fun and somewhat festive, clear heels are all the rage right now! How to wear clear heels? With bold colored dresses like red! Choose from fully transparent straps to bejeweled clear pumps.

Purse Styling Tip: silver, beige, white or black purse. Try a matching clear purse too.

Favorite Clear Heels:

Steve Madden
Clear PVC strappy mules with clear heels on white background.
Tony Bianco

6. White Shoes to Brighten a Red Dress

What Color Shoes to Wear with Red Dress

Great for Spring/Summer! Especially if you live in snowy winter wonderland Toronto. The alternative to black or silver shoes is a bright white boot, sandal or sneaker with your red dress outfit.

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 outfit. 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 dresses, if you haven't read that post of mine yet!

Purse Styling Tip: black, matching white or metallic purse.

Favorite White Shoes & Boots:

Sam Edelman
Stuart Weitzman
Marc Fisher LTD

7. 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 even more fun & eye catching way to wear with red dress outfits. Or any red outfits, for that matter!

Purse Styling Tip: Contrast with purple, yellow or play it safe with a metallic gold, silver or black purse.

Favorite Blue Shoes:

Kenneth Cole
Steve Madden
Steve Madden

8. Brown Shoes for Everyday Styling

3 ladies wearing a red dress with brown shoes to illustrate 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: the model's brown shoes are actually a very close match to her skin tone, making them pretty much nude for her.

The styling of the maxi dress in the middle with the chunky slides looks good because it matches the boho style of of the look.

In 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 and you want a leggy look!

Purse Styling Tip: Beige, black white or brown (matching or contrasting) bag.

Favorite Brown Shoes & Heels:

Massimo Matteo
Michael Kors
Chinese Laundry

Two-Tone Colored Shoes with Red Dresses

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

9. Black & Whites Shoes

What Color Shoes to Wear with Red Dress

If you can wear black shoes and white ones with a red dress, why not wear a two-tone shoe with your red 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? 😉

Purse Styling Tip: black, white or metallic handbag.

Favorite Black and White Shoes :

Matisse Gigi
Saint Laurent

10. Gold/Blush/Black Combo Shoes

3 ladies wearing a red dress with gold blush shoes to illustrate what color shoes to wear with red dress.

If you take gold or nude shoes that have 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.

Purse Styling Tip: Match to one of the colors in the shoes.

11. Black Shoes with Metallic Detailing

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!

Purse Styling Tip: Match with a black bejeweled clutch or choose a silver or clear purse.

Now that you know what color shoes to wear with red dresses post, it's worth mentioning that other colors can't look great too. A minimal red dress outfit with a simple silhouette an look amazing with any of the following:

  • Patent yellow shoes for a summery colorblock
  • Purple shoes for colorful drama
  • Fuchsia heels for 80s contrast
  • Leopard print shoes for a fierce look

12. Red Shoes with a Red Dress

Can you wear red shoes with a red dress? Going matchy-matchy with your shoes & red dress really only works if you're going to a black tie/red carpet event. Or possibly going to a bridal even or going for a matchy prom look. Is that your case?

If so, keep your shoes minimal, like Rosamund Pike did, at the Oscars, wearing a stunning red lace gown with her what is Givenchy red satin sandals (similar to the Stuart Weitzman Nudist sandal).

If you MUST wear red shoes with your red frock & you're keeping it more casual than glam, do it with a dark burgundy shoe or bootie, which will compliment your red dress.

Purse Styling Tip: black, white or metallic purse.

Favorite Red Shoes & Heels :

Steve Madden
Sam Edelman
CL by Laundry

Now That You Know What Color Shoes for Red Dresses:

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 easy go-tos.

Hopefully this post solved your red dress dilemma! If not, please comment below & be sure to let me know how I can help shoe-style your dress!

PS: If you're looking for a more statement-making dress, check out ShoeTease's styling guide to the best shoes to wear with sequin dresses too!

xo ShoeTease

Collage of 10 women wearing different color shoes with a red dress.
What Color Shoes to Wear with Red Dress

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Christina Drozdz

Friday 1st of July 2016

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


Saturday 2nd of July 2016

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

Angela Cooper

Wednesday 15th of June 2016

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


Sunday 19th of June 2016

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

Joanna Jordan

Wednesday 13th of April 2016

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.


Wednesday 13th of April 2016

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 ( or a simple monogram SL ( or Louboutin ( If you want to spend less, ASOS has a few good choices (loving the elaborate ones from Aldo in particular:

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

Adeduntan Ronke

Saturday 13th of February 2016

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


Sunday 14th of February 2016

Thanks! I'm so happy you found my red shoe styling post informative :) xo Cristina » Put on your red shoes and dance the blues

Monday 7th of December 2015

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