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.
What Color Shoe Can I Wear That With?
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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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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).
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Heaven Patent-Leather Pumps ($495) in Red
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Suede Leather High-Heel Ankle Boot ($119) in Red
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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.
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Belgravia Lace-Up ($475) in Forest Green
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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.
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Christian Louboutin Arakna ($995)
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Eleesa Pump ($60) in Blue
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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?
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Snakeskin Low-Cut Pump ( $895) in Yellow
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Perplex Pointed High Heels ($57) in Chartreuse
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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.
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Chain Barely There Sandal ($65) in Orange
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Elsa Lobster T-Strap Sandal ($1,495) in Coral/Black
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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.
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Strappy Mirror Metallic Pumps ($278) in Silver
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Metallic Leather Peep-Toe Pumps ($504) in Silver
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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!
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Gramercy ($71) in Purple Cactus Flower
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Kali Sling Back Pump ($690)