What Color Shoe Can I Wear That With?

How many times have you turned away from an utterly glamorous pair of orange —or yellow, or green—heels with the lament, “But I’d have nothing to wear them with!”? Well, the buck stops here.

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    We’ve devised a quick and easy guide to wearing every color of the shoe rainbow. We’ll assume you know the most basic rule thumb: if your outfit has a color in it, your footwear can be any shade of that color. However, for more advanced tips, read on.  (Your black pumps with the cracked soles and ground-down heels will thank you. )

     

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    PHOTO: Ring My Bell

    Red

    Goes Best With: Pink, orange, black and white, neutrals, navy blue.

     

    Pro Tips: Red shoes are a great way to spice up a causal outfit but avoid pairing them with a racy ensemble. They offer enough sizzle factor on their own. Stay away from monochrome (red on red is overkill).

     

     

    (Photo Courtesy of: Ring My Bell)

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    Tamara Mellon

    Heaven Patent-Leather Pumps ($495) in Red

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    PHOTO: Gastro Chic

    Green

    Goes Best With: Brown, black, blue, neutrals, yellow.

     

    Pro Tip: Green shoes are surprisingly versatile. Just try to keep red and orange out of the equation, lest you want to look like Mrs. Claus or a pumpkin, respectively.

     

    (Photo Courtesy of: Gastro Chic)

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    Aquazzura

    Belgravia Lace-Up ($475) in Forest Green

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    PHOTO: Song of Style

    Blue

    Goes Best With: Yellow, neutrals, brown, white.

     

    Pro Tips: Skinny jeans with a pair of blue shoes a shade lighter or darker than the denim is a no-fail look. (This time of year, finish it off with a fisherman’s sweater in ivory or beige). It’s also worth noting that navy is like black’s punchier cousin; it adds a bit of color but at minimum risk.

     

    (Photo Courtesy of: Song of Style)

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    BCBGeneration

    Eleesa Pump ($60) in Blue

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    PHOTO: Stockholm Street Style

    Yellow

    Goes Best With: Any shade of blue, black and white, green.

     

    Pro Tip: Although purple and yellow are complimentary colors, the two together can be a bold move. This color can be tough to wear if you’re extremely fair, so if you have a hunch that your legs might look pasty, perhaps invest in a little self-tanner?

     

    Stockholm Street Style

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    Lanvin

    Snakeskin Low-Cut Pump ( $895) in Yellow

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    Asos

    Perplex Pointed High Heels ($57) in Chartreuse

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    PHOTO: Stockholm Street Style

    Orange

    Goes Best With: Blue, white, earth tones, red, yellow.

     

    Pro Tip: Avoid greens, and purples (trust us, it’s like the fashion equivalent of wearing too much makeup). Orange shoes look great with tawny neutrals, tans, and beiges — they provide a warm canvas from which the orange can really pop. If you’re wearing lighter shades, mix in some brown accessories for a cool, 70’s boho vibe.

     

    Stockholm Street Style

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    River Island

    Chain Barely There Sandal ($65) in Orange

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    Charlotte Olympia

    Elsa Lobster T-Strap Sandal ($1,495) in Coral/Black

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    PHOTO: Stockholm Street Style

    Metallic

    Goes Best With: White, red, purple, neutrals, indigo, black (for silver). Black, red, white, emerald, royal blue, burgundy (for gold).

     

    Pro Tips: Whether you opt for silver or gold shoes, it’s best to stay away from bold prints and colors for the rest of your outfit and let the footwear, ahem, shine. Try matching your bag to your outfit instead of your shoes—one metallic piece is enough.

     

    Stockholm Street Style

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    J.Crew

    Strappy Mirror Metallic Pumps ($278) in Silver

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    Prada

    Metallic Leather Peep-Toe Pumps ($504) in Silver

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    PHOTO: Streetstyle Aesthetic

    Purple

    Goes Best With: Neutrals, navy, pink, green.

     

    Pro Tips: A surprisingly chic combination? Purple and camo. Try a pair of plum-colored pumps with light-wash denim, a white top, and a camo jacket. Voila, purple perfection!

     

    (Photo Courtesy of: Streetstyle Aesthetic)

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    Nine West

     Gramercy ($71) in Purple Cactus Flower

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    Brian Atwood

    Kali Sling Back Pump ($690)

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