Q&A: How to Match Shoes to a Dress

December 13th, 2007

Q:  I’m planning to wear an all red plain wrap dress with belt. What shoes do I match it with?

Ted Baker Baba HeelsA:  When matching shoes to a dress, the rule is to match the feel of the shoe with the feel of the dress.  Is your dress all about glamour?  Find a glamourous shoe to match.  Similarly, if you’re looking for shoes for a casual sundress, choose a pair of casual shoes.  With your red wrap dress, you’re looking for a shoe that’s as classically sophisticated as your dress is. 

What about color?  You have a few different choices:
(1) Match your red dress with a pair of red shoes.  But don’t match the shades exactly–it looks like you’re trying too hard.

(2) Add some sparkle with a pair of metallic shoes.  The beauty of metallic shoes is their versatility, since they pair with outfits of any color.  They’re also a smart answer to multicolored outfits without a dominant color.

(3) If you want to experiment, try pairing the wrap dress with a shoe with a shot of bright color, or a shoe with flashy details.  Some of the best dress-shoe pairings have been those that are unexpected.  Think: Carrie from Sex and the City.

Pictured: Ted Baker Baba Heels in Gunmetal | $150 at Zappos.

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  • 1. Amy  |  April 25th, 2011 at 11:22 am

    I have a wedding in may and I’m wearing a dark Byzantium color dress and I was wondering what color shoes would look good? Maybe a silver or black?

  • 2. GG  |  May 16th, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Hi there – I have a wedding to attend and I am planning to wear a pale -lavender color dress and it has clear and pewter stone-embellished neckline, what color shoe do you think will look good?

  • 3. Amy  |  July 24th, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I have a tea length red formal dress with a white sash for a military ball. It is in late September, so what color shoes are best to pair with it?

  • 4. eileen  |  September 10th, 2011 at 10:20 am

    Hello, My son is getting married in Oct. Outside, 5:30 pm ceremony and inside reception. I’m 62, 5’4″, 120lbs. I bought a plum colour dress, tee length, it has a crepe jacket, long sleeves, it has a rhinestone closure. I’ve been told to wear silver shoes, but I’m not silver or gold person. I was thinking of black satin with a small rhinestone shoe clip. What do you think of brown satin with clip. Also I know the heel has to be a little thick, (grass).
    Thanks for any advise.

  • 5. sowparnika  |  November 23rd, 2011 at 10:11 am

    i would like to knoe what kinda dresses suit high heel shoes!..

  • 6. chinelo  |  November 26th, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Hi, pls I have a dull peach A̶̲̥̅̊₪D̶̲̥̅̊ an olive green dress A̶̲̥̅̊₪D̶̲̥̅̊ don’t know the best colour options for shoes to go with the combibation?

  • 7. Eleanor  |  December 30th, 2011 at 9:08 pm

    I’ve bought a black singlet with ruffles and a high-waisted skirt that is brown but more of a copper colour, can I wear intense purple shoes with the outfit?


  • 8. Bose  |  January 10th, 2012 at 4:13 am

    I want to wear a gold pump shoe with a gold bag but i do not know what colour of dress to wear.

  • 9. Ruby  |  January 22nd, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I have a light gray pumps. What color dress other than white can i wear with it? Its for a dinner next month.

  • 10. loyce  |  January 29th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    hi trisha,
    i admire you the u answer questions of us as friend,
    keep it up my dear,
    like you much with what you are doing

    say’s loyce.

  • 11. Dee  |  January 31st, 2012 at 9:15 am

    I am wearing a Taupe dress with gold around the neck line and gold jewelry for a wedding what color shoes should I wear??

  • 12. Trisha  |  February 3rd, 2012 at 12:26 am

    Dee –

    How about trying a pop of color with your shoes? Try a shoe in a warm color to complement the warmth of the taupe & the gold jewelry – say, orange or yellow? If you want a more safe option, however, you can always try a warm taupe or brown shoe….or even an exotic skin pattern (snakeskin perhaps?). Hope that helps!


  • 13. Evette Payne-Webster  |  February 10th, 2012 at 11:18 am

    please could you help me with the answer to the colours

  • 14. Duffy  |  March 29th, 2012 at 9:01 am

    I am having a wedding in July. My bridesmaids dress is orange with lime green belt. What color shoe can I use to match.

  • 15. Julia  |  April 9th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

    Am wearing ablack and khaki coloredstriped maxi dress and was wondering about the color shoes to wear? was wondering if I could wear wedges in a warm coral almost a cross between red and orange? Too much pop?

  • 16. phie de la  |  April 25th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

    hi. i’m attending a wedding soon and i had a dress made based on the color scheme which was ash-gray knee length dress. it’s a lacey dress. my question is what shoes should i match with this dress? i’ve been trying to look the perfect shoes to match the dress.

  • 17. Julie  |  May 7th, 2012 at 8:29 am

    Hi, I have brought a gold metalic (H&M) dress for a july wedding reception. Please help me as to what colour shoes/sandles I can wear with it? The dress is knee length and has a pleated effect. I’m really struggling with a colour!

  • 18. Janice  |  October 18th, 2012 at 2:21 pm

    I have a navy dress with red and burgundy flowers with gold/brown leaves. What shoe should I wear with it?

  • 19. Jessica  |  February 5th, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    I was wondering how can you pair up converse with a white kind of Taylor swift dress.
    I didn’t want to make the shoes SUPER fancy you see I am a Tom boy/Girly girl so why not live both worlds?

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