What color shoes goes best with a red dress?

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There’s not going to be a right and wrong answer to the question “What color shoes goes best with a red dress?” This is one of those matter of opinion things where personal style affects how you answer. There’s probably a standard fashion rule; but fashion rules are arbitrary. Fashion rules still began with one person’s opinion that he or she managed to get people to accept and follow.

Street Style – What color shoes goes best with a red dress?

Los Angeles fashion blogger Annabelle Fleur wears black Alexander Wang heels with a red BCBG dress and Free People sunglasses
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Los Angeles fashion blogger Annabelle Fleur wears black Alexander Wang heels with a red BCBG dress and Free People sunglasses.

Red MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA dress with black platform pumps

Fashion blogger Darya Kamalova from Milan Italy wears a red MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA dress with black platform stiletto pumps.

Fashion blogger Darya Kamalova from Milan Italy wears a red MAISON MARTIN MARGIELA dress with black platform stiletto pumps
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Looking around at pictures on the internet of women in red dresses famous and not famous you’ll see that many chose to go with black shoes. Black is always a safe color; but there are plenty of other colors you’ll find as well including colors that you might not expect someone to wear with a red dress such as blue yellow and green.

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Red dress with black shoes

This next set shows a VALENTINO Crimson Red Textured Stripe Dress with a pair of Black Christian Louboutin Highness Platform Red Sole Pumps. The outfit is accessorized with a Chloe The Éventail black suede clutch a set of black and gold stackable bangles an 18K gold-plated tourmaline carved ring by Isharya and an Yves Saint Laurent Black and Gold Velvette Chain Necklace.

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This combined cost of the items shown in the above outfit set is almost $8000. Peanuts to some but an unaffordable luxury to many others.

Street Style – red dress with nude beige shoes

Blogger Camilla Sentuti wears a red BCBG dress with nude shoes
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Blogger Camilla Sentuti wears a red BCBG dress with nude shoes.

Blogger Erika Marie wears a strapless red dress with nude Christian Louboutin Pigalle pumps
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Blogger Erika Marie wears a strapless red dress with nude Christian Louboutin Pigalle pumps.

Red dress with metallic rose gold shoes?

In this set by Polyvore member ” a cute RALPH LAUREN Parisian Red Crinkle Silk Chiffon Jeanette Dress is paired with a pair of Jimmy Choo metallic shoes in what looks like a rose gold color.

Your red dress by nanika777 featuring metallic shoes
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In “Wearing green shoes with a red dress” I featured this same red dress with some green pumps” a green leather jacket and a green handbag; but I don’t think too many people loved my outfit idea. Too much green maybe?

The Ralph Lauren red silk chiffon dress

Ralph Lauren Parisian Red Crinkle Silk Chiffon Jeanette Dress

Seller says… With its gauzy silk chiffon and sweet bow sash Ralph Laurens rich red dress is an ultra-romantic choice for cocktails – V-neckline thick straps wrapped bodice self-tie sash – Tailored bodice full skirt – Wear with metallic heels and a sleek nude box clutch

Red dress with bronze metallic shoes?

Here is another set by Polyvore member in which she pairs a fitted red Quba Frill-Neck Dress with a pair of bronze Rupert Sanderson Platform High Peep Toe pumps.

in RED… by nanika777 featuring real leather handbags
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These metallic bronze/gold colors go nicely with the red dresses. Metallic shoes have at one point seemed to become almost as safe a choice as black, with gold and silver metallic hues being paired with a wide variety of colors.

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Red dress with hot pink fuchsia shoes?

Think you can’t wear hot pink or fuchsia shoes with a red dress? You might change your mind seeing how cute the combination looks in this set by Polyvore member

Cute in Red and Pink by allib4sho featuring luichiny heels
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puts together an outfit that mixes a pair of Luichiny fuchsia satin high heel pumps with a bright red Moschino Cheap & Chic Beatrice Dress” accessorizing with a Red Valentino Quilted clutch and red crystal earrings featuring Swarovski Red Magma Crystals in a heart shape.

Red dress with ivory white shoes

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A Herve Leger deep v bandage dress is paired with a pair of ivory white Charlotte Olympia red heel pumps and accessorized with an ivory Chloe leather tote bag and a Daniela Farah bangle bracelet.

Red dress with blue shoes?

Blue shoes probably wouldn’t be a color you’d ordinarily consider wearing with a red dress; but if you stepped out wearing blue shoes with a red dress you wouldn’t be the first to try this unlikely color combination. Katie Holmes was once seen on the red carpet wearing blue shoes with a red dress. So has Carey Mulligan and they probably aren’t the only ones to have ever done it.

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Google Images Screen Capture – Katie Holmes wearing blue shoes with red dress Carey Mulligan red dress blue shoes

Street Style – red dress blue shoes

Brazilian fashion blogger Vanessa Vasconcelos wears a sexy body hugging little red dress with turquoise blue high heeled sandals
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Brazilian fashion blogger Vanessa Vasconcelos wears a sexy body hugging little red dress with turquoise blue high heeled sandals.

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The set above features a TARA JARMON Bright Orange red Silk Bustier Dress. The dress comes with a metallic gold-tone belt but I’ve replaced the gold belt with a blue Lauren by Ralph Lauren Leather belt with a gold horse shoe buckle. The blue belt helps to make the MICHAEL Michael Kors Blue Aria Suede Platform Sandals blend more seamlessly with the orange red dress. A blue Marc by Marc Jacobs Classic Q Lil Ukita Bag is thrown in to complete the look.


Ask the Editor

Would you ever wear yellow shoes with a red dress? If not why not?

Answer: No, I would never wear yellow shoes with a red dress. But I’ve seen it done. Tyra Banks wore yellow pumps with a red dress some time back in 2010. And although she made a few people’s list of Fashion Don’ts, I thought she looked perfectly fine. But then again it could have been that she was so pretty. You know how when someone is ridiculously pretty just about anything they wear looks great? Like Adriana Lima could wear a potato sack and look seriously hot? That could have been what made Tyra’s yellow pumps red shoes combination look perfectly stylish. But I think the combination isn’t as atrocious in reality as it seems on paper. I’ve seen a few other ladies wearing yellow shoes with a red dress and they looked fine too. I, however, would not personally have the courage to go out wearing yellow shoes with a red dress. At least I don’t think so. But who knows? Sometimes I surprise myself.

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Would you ever wear green shoes with a red dress?

Answer: For the same reason that I wouldn’t wear yellow shoes with a red dress I wouldn’t wear green shoes with a red dress. I just wouldn’t have the courage to be so bold. But note the words I have used. Courage is a good thing. It is a good thing to be bold. The opposite of both of these words means one is too afraid to take chances and there is nothing great about that. So while I would not personally wear green shoes with a red dress it isn’t because I think there’s something wrong with the combination. It’s fashion. I don’t believe there can be a right and wrong when it comes to what people choose to wear. Fashion is about choice. You have a choice. And when you have a choice you should have the courage and be bold enough to wear whatever the heck you want. Because you’re free to do that and freedom is an precious thing. Take full advantage of the freedoms that you have!  Other people and fear of their opinion should not dictate what you wear. I know that, and I believe that firmly. And now that I’ve reminded myself of it I think I’ll change my answer. If the mood strikes me one day to go out wearing green shoes with a red dress then yes, I would do it. Who cares if someone thinks you look like you should have christmas lights wrapped around you turned on and flickering? In fact I think I’m going to plan on making a point of going out wearing green shoes with a red dress one of these days to prove to myself that I don’t dress for other people’s approval.

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