What Color Shoes To Wear With a Red Dress + 5 Simple Outfit Ideas

Have a red dress you are dying to wear? Learn what color shoes to wear with a red dress so you can rock that fiery dress in the best way possible!

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What Color Shoes Should You Wear With Your Red Dress?


When it comes to wearing red, trying to find the right color combination can sometimes be a challenge. Red is a pretty bold color so when choosing other items to pair with it, you’ll have to be a bit strategic.

If you’ve been holding off on showcasing that beautiful red dress of yours because you don’t know what color shoes to wear, I’m here to give you some great inspiration!

While there are obviously many different styles of dresses I’ve gone with a beautiful day-to-night dress from Reformation to give you some simple ideas for what color shoes to wear with a red dress.

If your red dress happens to be fancier you can choose one of the dressier options below, or if it’s more casual you can opt for one of the more laid back looks. 

Shoe + Red Dress Outfit Combos

dress/sneakers/denim jacket/sunglasses/purse

White shoes.

This bright, not-actually-a-color-color is perfect with a red dress. The crisp white complements the bold red so well and really let’s the red be the star of the show. For my inspiration outfit I chose a pair of cute white sneakers for a more casual look that can be worn while running errands, to a daytime festival, out for brunch or lunch, or an afternoon visiting a winery.

For a dressier look swap the running shoes for white woven mules or white block heel sandals.


dress/nude heels/necklace/sunglasses/woven bag/bracelets

Nude shoes.

Neutral colors mesh wonderfully with bright vibrant red and these nude block heeled sandals are a great fit.  Tie the look together with a natural woven tote bag, dainty gold jewelry, and a pair of sunnies and you’ll be set for a spring or summer birthday party, baby shower, or dinner on a patio.

For the fall or winter season, swap the sandals for nude booties and throw on a cozy cream cardigan.


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dress/black boots/leather jacket/necklace/bracelets/clutch

Black shoes.

Classic black is always a safe bet when it comes to wearing a red dress. Whether you choose black booties, pointy toe heels, casual sandals, or sneakers, you can always pull of the black and red combo.

The look above elevates the red dress with sleek black boots, a cropped leather jacket and all the right accessories for a date night or drinks out with the girls.



dress/leopard heels/knit cardigan/necklace/purse/sunglasses

Animal print shoes.

The beauty of animal print shoes is that they are inherently natural in tone. Zebra print, cheetah print, leopard print, calf hair, you name it, you are typically going to get a nice combination of ivory, brown, beige, and black (unless you go with peacock or flamingo that is…).

Pairing neutral tones animal print shoes with a red dress is an eye-catcher and if you keep the rest of your pieces neutral or black, you’ll surely have a winning look.


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Can I wear red shoes with a red dress?

Absolutely you can. As you can see by the photo above, red shoes with a red dress can be a to-die-for look. I emphasized the can simply because I believe there are a couple things to consider for a successful look.

  • Aim for a shade of red shoes that match the shade of red in the dress. This will create a cohesive look rather than the combination appearing disjointed.
  • Choose minimal red shoes, such as dainty sandals or strappy heels versus heavy knee-high red boots or clunky red sneakers. You simply want to compliment the red dress with the shoes rather than overpower it.

dress/red sandals/woven hat/necklace/purse/sunglasses

Red shoes.

Last but not least, a simple and pretty red on red combo. If you’ve ever wondered what color shoes to wear with a red dress… maybe the answer has been in front of you all along!

This outfit comes together with dainty strappy red sandals, a summery woven fedora, a simple brown crossbody purse, and just a touch of jewelry. With red being such a bright, vibrant and bold color, when it comes to shoes, less truly is more!


I hope you are inspired and ready to rock your favorite red dress. Be sure to pin the photo below to save this post for later and check out my most recent post…it’s a steamy one!

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