The 7 Best Shoe Styles to Wear With Black Dresses

The reason black dresses are such a prevailing fashion trend is their versatility. That’s the beauty, right? You have last-minute plans or nothing else seems to be working or you don’t feel like buying another of-the-moment dress only to be tired of it next season, and—voilà—there’s that black number in your closet that never seems to let you down. In case you need a refresher on how to style this timeless item, we found seven key shoe styles that work especially well with black dresses.

It doesn’t necessarily matter what your dress looks like, as the outfits ahead show us how unexpected, bold, and sometimes classic shoe choices elevate your look. And since each of these seven black-dress shoes feels so different, expect them to transform your look even if you’re wearing the same black dress for the 40th time. Peruse your options below.

Lug-Sole Boots


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A delicate dress and a pair of shoes you can mosh in? Sounds like a perfect match to us.

Black Classic Heels


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Classic, simple, and elegant. You know the drill: These shoes are winners.

Statement Heels


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Dramatic black dresses look modern and fresh with starkly contrasted shoes.

Tall Boots


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Whether your black dress is a midi or maxi, tall boots will always be a good idea. We have to admit, though, they pair especially well with an LBD.

Chunky Loafers


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Black dresses—especially when worn multiple times—can start to feel a bit expected. Choose a shoe style that can transform even your most-worn pieces, like chunky loafers.

Sleek Mules


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Sleek shoes like pointed mules will keep things simple but sophisticated.

Printed Boots


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Spice up your favorite basic with a pop of print. It'll bring a fun touch to the basic black dress you wear often.

Next, The 5 Best Shoe Styles to Wear With Wide-Leg Pants

Gina Marinelli
Senior Editor

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