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What Color Shoes to Wear with a Black Dress? ShoeTease Answers!

What Color Shoes to Wear with a Black Dress? ShoeTease Answers!

I recently chatted with a friend about my writing a blog post about the best shoes to wear with black dress. And she asked me if there were shoes that didn’t look good with a black dress. And she has a bit of a point.

What Color Shoes to Wear with a Black Dress

The LBD will look with so many shoe styles & colors that listing them all would make a long @ss post to say the least! So to keep things concise & useful, I’m going to list the best & most fashionable shoes to pair with your pretty black dress or black outfit in 2021 & beyond.

Shop haute black dresses featured from Net-a-Porter, or below from Nordstrom:


Whether you’re looking for the right color pairing and/or a sporty, office casual or glam look, this shoe blog has you covered!

And if you already know what color shoes with a black dress you will be selecting, take a peek at my my post about what style of shoes to wear with a black dress. It delves more into what shoe types that work well with black dresses & outfits. I’ve also recently written a post about the best shoes with black jumpsuits as well. 

Interested in shoes to wear with a black lace dress? Click the link for my newest post on styling your lacey dress! 

PART 1: Neutral Shoe Shades with Black Dresses

As go-to color shoes to wear with black dresses, neutral shades can’t be beat due to 2 main factors:

  • We have a high likelihood of having them in our closets already
  • They’re  a stylish no-nonesense pairing with black outfits

Below are my favorites:

1. Black Dress With Nude Shoes / Beige Shoes 

Black dress nude shoes? Yes please! One of my go-to shoe colors to pair with (almost) any colour dress is nude (whatever that means for you) and beige. Rose gold works just as well. Because when your shoes match your skin tone, it will elongate your legs while allowing your dress to take centre stage. 

Beige and blush shoe shades are also extremely flattering, no matter what your skin color. And they are more subdued than, say, wearing a bright white, or even off white pair of heels. 

Shop Nude Shoes, Blush Shoes:

2. Black Dress with Silver Shoes & Metallics

Shop Gold Shoes:

Shop Silver Shoes:

Yes, metallics is a neutral in my eyes, especially when it comes to silver. But don’t discount gold or rose gold metallic hues which do well when paired with similar colored jewelry or handbags.

Metallic shoes (especially silver!) are a surefire answer to the “what color shoes to wear with navy dresses” question too.  The little stilleto’d strappy number by Chinese Laundry from Nordstrom has been favourite of my reader’s this season & is priced at under $100!

3. Black Shoes

Black on black on black on…(well you get my drift!) never goes out of style. It’s a chic pairing for an easy yet chic office look, or a glam cocktail way to dress. You can play with textures & materials here to have more fun with your black shoes. Try a reptile embossed pump, patent sandal or velvet brogues to add more interest to your black dress with black shoes outfit.

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4. Black Dress White Shoes

A black dress with white shoes give a stark contrast for those who prefer to keep things monochrome. Best of all, white shoes pair perfectly with pretty much any other dress color, so a definite must for any woman’s shoe closet!

Shop White Shoes:

5. Black & White Shoes

If black shoes and white shoes go with a black dress, then why to try a black & white shoe combo with your black outfit? The black element will tie in with your black dress, while the white (or even silver) will make for a lovely contrast. 

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6. Brown Shoes with Black Dresses

Can you wear brown shoes with a black dress, you ask? Yes, YES you can! Black outfits with brown shoes is the perfect shade to wear for a more casual, bohemian vibe & I’m quite partial to cognac brown, myself, like the outfit above in the middle.

Shop Brown/Tan/Caramel Shoes:

PART 2: Contrast Color Shoes With Black Dresses

7. Bright, Colorful shoes with a Black Dress

One of my fave suggestions when asked the “what color shoes with black dress es work best” is definitely color! And the brigher the better! You can even go for a satin or high shine patent version of a bright color to be that much extra. Or, if you want to add some color but don’t want to be too flashy about it, burgundy shoes will add less playful, but very sophisticated touch to your black dress or outfit. 

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7a. Black Dress Pink Shoes

Pink is so darn popular right now, that it deserves it own mention! If you want to add a pop of color to your black dress through your shoes, but want to be VERY fashionable, pink shoes are where it at.

Whether it be a hot pink, or a softer shade, you will be wearing the more fashionable color on your feet! And of course, pink shoes look stunning with black outfits!

Shop Pink Shoes:

8. Black Dress with Leopard Shoes & Reptile Prints

Shoes to Wear with Black Dress Animal Print

If you’re looking for playful color shoes to wear with a black dress, then animal prints are where it’s at. Not as contrasting as a bright colour, but a snake, leopard or cheetah print will add texture to your outfit, while remaining fairly neutral. So essentially, you’re getting the best of all worlds! Love leopard? Learn how to wear leopard print shoes in my in-depth style guide!

Shop Leopard Print & Animal Print Shoes:


I hope by reading this post I’ve inspired you to try different color shoes with a black dress. Although black is fairly easy to style, the shoe color (and style!) you select can impact your whole black dress or black outfit look.

And since this post covers what color shoes to wear with a black dress, rather that the type of shoe specifically, take a look at my what shoes to wear with a black dress article which covers everything from formal/cocktail looks, to more casual & even office outfits. If you’re looking to wear a long dress, hop on over to my post about shoes to wear with maxi dresses for all the latest styles!

Questions? Leave me a comment, below 🙂

xo ShoeTease


Friday 9th of October 2020

I have a long black dress - should I wear that with black shoes?


Friday 28th of September 2018

I have a little black dress to wear to an Oct wedding in Indiana. I have a red pair of pumps- would that be appropriate?


Friday 28th of September 2018

Hi Melissa, great question!

It would really depend on the type of wedding and the cultural background of the bride & groom. I would steer away from red if it is a very religious, conservative wedding. However, if it is not, red is one of my favourite shoe colors to wear with a black dress and would look great as part of a Fall wedding outfit.

xo Cristina