As you've probably discovered from your own experience, shoes can make or break a dress. There are some rare unicorn shoes that truly like good with every type of dress, but for the most part, you're going to want to consider the dress style, length, occasion, and fabric when you're choosing which shoes to pair with it. Sometimes, the best way to figure out what to wear is seeing it in action, and who better to look to than some of the world's most stylish celebrities?
We took a thorough look into the matter and compared dozens of celebrities wearing dresses, ultimately coming to the conclusion that there are 10 specific shoe trends that celebrities always wear with dresses. Some of these we see most often on red carpets or at other fancy events, while others are more often spotted with casual, off-duty occasions.
If you're ready for some fresh dress-and-shoe pairing inspiration, scroll on to see the 10 trends celebs wear with dresses the most often, and shop them to wear with your own dresses.
In the summer, the shoes of choice are flat sandals (especially with short dresses). The breezy look is suitable for vacation or the city, depending on the dress style.
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On Irina Shayk: Jennifer Fisher earrings; Burberry Giovanna Long Sleeve Belted Check Print Dress ($690); Celine sunglasses; Chanel sandals
Leg-elongating nude pumps are understandably a celeb-favorite style. As you can see, they go with everything and look great in photos.
On Jennifer Lopez: Sally Lapointe top and skirt; Chanel brooch; Tom Ford shoes
Ankle boots make pretty much any dress style look cooler and are a great option if you want to dress down a frock that's on the fancier side.
On Margot Robbie: Isabel Marant top, skirt, and Archee Boots ($644); Chanel bag
The effortlessness of mules can't be beat, and they happen to look amazing with every dress style.
On Sienna Miller: Staud Billie Croc-Effect Leather and PVC Wedge Sandals ($275)
For nights out, weddings, and big events, more often than not, celebs will opt for a pair of strappy heels.
If you want proof of how cool sneakers look with dresses, do a little research on Emily Ratajkowski's looks. This is an outfit formula she and many other celebs wear constantly.
Tall boots may not work with dresses of every length, but they work beautifully with minidresses and midi dresses, which are perfect for summer.
If you want to give a dress a gamine, casually polished look, take a cue from Karlie Kloss and pair it with ballet flats.
Platform heels and a dress of any length feel vintage yet modern. See for yourself, courtesy of Jessica Alba.
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On Jessica Alba: Jennifer Fisher Erin Hoops ($585); Giambattista Valli dress
Kitten heels look especially chic with midi dresses, and luckily, the trend doesn't seem to be going anywhere.
On Alexa Chung: Erdem dress; Edie Parker bag