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6 Favorite Color Shoes to Wear with an Orange Dress Outfit

6 Favorite Color Shoes to Wear with an Orange Dress Outfit

Are you planning on wearing an orange dress outfit and unsure how to style it? Check out this guide that includes 5 favorite color shoes to wear with orange dresses, along with purse color tips, below!

Orange – especially light or bright versions of the color – is becoming an increasingly fashionable color to wear these days & I'm not at all surprised. Orange rust dress tones are also popular for Fall/Winter months.

It is a fabulous, rarely worn shade that looks great on any skin tone & plays well with other hues. I truly believe orange is the new red!

It's a cheerful hue and the perfect color dress to wear to a wedding or party, especially if you want to be a little different! 

And so many options exist from bright coral to dark salmon, so bright orange outfits are not your only option.

Best Shoes with Orange Dress

I know I've worn my multi-colored orange dress, above, to a slew of parties & events. But because orange is such a particular color, shoe & accessory pairings might seem a bit tricky.

So I've rounded my the top 6 favorite shoe colors to wear with an orange dress or any orange-hued outfit.

Shoes to Wear with an Orange Dress

1. Gold Shoes with an Orange Dress

Gold Shoes with Orange Dress

Gold is so so pretty with orange, whether light or dark rust colored! That's why I picked gold shoes as one of my favorite metallics with an orange outfit.

It's still a neutral & warm tone like the dress, but it's festive & adds an element of interest to the outfit. Also, I really love gold anything 🙂

Purse Styling Tip: Your best choice is a beige or black purse here. However, purple could look quite fun, depending on if you're wearing a plain orange dress (yes) or not (yes, if purple's another color in the dress, otherwise, not).

2. Purple Shoes with Orange Dresses

Orange Dress Purple Shoes

Unexpected & a perfect complement to orange, purple is a great shoe choice. It's no coincidence that orange is a great color shoes to wear with purple dresses!

Not only will it contrast beautifully with your outfit, but you'll be the most originally dressed gal at the party (while showing your styling know-how to all!).

I prefer a deeper purple vs. a lavender shoe myself. However, light purple shoes with an orange dress can look fab!

Purse Styling Tip: Because you're already wearing two bright colours, keep a neutral purse on hand. Quite literally 😉

3. Nude Blush or Beige Shoes with an Orange Dress

Orange Dress Nude Beige Shoes

Easily my favorite orange outfit & shoe color combo is beige or blush! If beige is your “nude” like it is mine, even better.

That's because it will elongate your legs & allow the brightness of the dress to speak for itself.

Beige not your nude? Not a problem! It will still look fab, but if you want a leg-lengthening effect, pair your orange dress with the nude for you (maybe from Louboutin's New Nudes collection?) and you're good to go!

Purse Styling Tip: Because beige or skin tone shoes are so neutral, you can go for a contrasting purse in, say, a purple (my fave). Easily pair it with a black, white or a metallic handbag too.

4. Black Shoes with an Orange Dress

Black color footwear is certainly what I'd consider the color shoes that goes with everything! And of course, it looks amazing with black. Almost any shade of an orange dress or outfit, black shoes will look great.

That being said if the outfit is purely pumpkin orange, well, with black shoes you might end up looking like you're dressing for a Halloween theme, so watch out for that! So I do recommend black shoes with more rust or salmon colored frocks.

Purse Styling Tip: Match your orange dress with black shoes with a white or metallic purse. You can have fun with a contrasting pink purse for fun! Avoid a green handbag at all costs – again, you don't want to look like a pumpkin!

5. Red Shoes with an Orange Dress

Shoes to wear with Orange Dress Red

Funny enough, I would usually tell someone to avoid wearing red shoes with orange dresses. Had I not seen the dress or shoes, of course!

Now, because this peachy orange dress is multi-colored and has pink and beige in it, a primarily red shoe with pink, gold & beige looks rather good. That's why red footwear is one of the color shoes to wear with brown dresses that I also suggest.

And yes, pink shoes would have worked well with this dress too 🙂

Purse Styling Tip: I'd remain neutral when you've got a colored dress & shoe happening at the same time. That way, it doesn't call too much attention to itself & allows the shoes & outfit to shine.

6. Brown Shoes with an Orange Dress

Brown Shoes with Orange Dress

I chose brown as my 5th shoe color choice for an orange outfit, because not only does it works as a visual pairing, but it is such a coveted accessory color at the moment.

Keep in mind that brown shoes with pretty much any dress or outfit (unless it's glittery brown) are going to make your outfit more casual.

Especially with a pair of fringe sandals like the ones pictured in the photos above.

Purse Styling Tip: Beige, white or gold are your best purse choices with this combination.

Colors Not to Wear with An Orange Dress Outfit:

  • Green shoes (unless it's a halloween costume & you're dressed up as pumpkin)
  • Yellow (that's a bit much if you ask me)
  • Blue (unless a dark shade, like navy or deep, a bright blue could make you look a clown-ish)

But then again, if you're a styling pro (and likely not reading this post!), we all know that fashion rules are meant to be broken 🙂

Final Thoughts on What Color Shoes go with an Orange Dress

Of course, there are many color shoes with orange dresses that will look fabulous. Like black, white and even silver (these three will go with just about anything!). That includes orange!

I've omitted these three colors, not because they won't look good with orange, but because they're not necessarily my top choices, especially with this particular dress.

Now, when thinking what color shoes to wear with what outfit, always keep in mind the outfit itself. Does it have a pattern or other colors in it?

If it does, just like mine featured here, an easy way to select a shoe color is to match it with another, secondary color in the dress. 

If it's a solid color, you can pair it with a shoe, even a multi-colored one, that compliments the outfit color. That's where a more neutral, black, white or metallic shoe can look its best.

The only shoe color with orange that I'm not a big fan of to pair with orange, is orange itself. Getting matchy-matchy with any outfit aside from black is a bit of a no-no in my books.

Unless, you're going to a gala or the Oscars, where matching shoes to dress is appropriate.

Any less fancy event likely warrants a contrast color shoe. Just like I illustrated in my “What Shoes to Wear with a Red Dress” post.

I hope this post has given you some useful and hopefully new ideas of what to wear with an orange dress (particularly which shoes which orange dresses look best!).

Any questions? Feel free to comment below!

xo ShoeTease

Allison

Friday 22nd of April 2022

Where is your dress from?! So cute

ShoeTease

Monday 25th of April 2022

Thanks! It's a very old one from Miss Selfridge.

Pokua

Saturday 18th of September 2021

Great it was helpful. Can l match a brown cheater sandals with orange dress

ShoeTease

Sunday 19th of September 2021

Hi, glad you enjoyed it! Depending on the color of your cheetah print sandals (in that they are brown/beige toned), yes they can be paired with an orange dress. Also have a look at my post on what to wear with leopard print shoes.

Stephanie Walsh

Wednesday 7th of July 2021

This was super helpful, thank you!!

ShoeTease

Wednesday 7th of July 2021

I'm glad I was able to help!

Ashley

Tuesday 19th of July 2016

Great shoe styling guide! I think a lot of people are always wondering what to pair with orange- this is a great how-to!

-Ashley Le Stylo Rouge

ShoeTease

Tuesday 19th of July 2016

Thanks Ashley! People hesitant with orange, but so many pretty coral & peach choices that are actually pretty easy to wear, if you get the accessories right :) xo Cristina

Jackie

Monday 18th of July 2016

I can't say I even own an orange dress, but you're kind of making me want one! It's such a pretty colour on you, especially for summer. Out of all of these looks, my favourite is definitely those nude pumps. So classic and chic!

Jackie Something About That

ShoeTease

Tuesday 19th of July 2016

Thanks Jackie! It's definitely an unusual outfit color choice that is fun to wear, if not to just stand out from the crowd :) xo Cristina