21 Street Style Looks That Prove Metallic Shoes Are Always the Right Choice

To say metallic shoes are having a moment is an understatement. You could go so far as to say that they've actually become a staple of the modern girl's wardrobe like leopard-print coats or culottes. The footwear trend has become a normal sighting on the streets, and styles can be found in stores at every price point, whether you're looking for gold, silver, bronze or any colourful high-shine finish in-between. But just because there's a proliferation of metallic shoes and boots at every turn doesn't mean that you automatically know how to wear them.

Fortunately for shiny-shoe beginners, the fashion crowds jumped on the happy-feet bandwagon pretty early—they've been wearing golden loafers, silver knee-high boots and twinkly kitten heels for a few seasons in a row. So what's their secret? Well, it's all about the occasion in question. We know that metallic shoes can work beautifully come party-time, or if you're a bride looking for something different. But what about daytime looks? It's all about the snazzy-to-casual ration: Yellow-gold mules are always going to look cool when they're set against something laid-back like a pair of jeans.

If you want to know how to wear metallic shoes, or you simply want to spend some time ogling the best street style outfits, keep reading and have your credit card ready.


Metallic Loafers + Cropped Jeans + Biker Jacket
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Cute Mary Janes + Rock-Chic Trousers
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Gold Boots + Ankle-Swinging Trousers
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Silver Boots + Wide-Leg Printed Pants
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Delicate Kitten Heels + Swishy Skirt
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Black Skinnies + Fierce Sandals
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High-Shine Pumps + Decadent Coat + Ripped Jeans
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Metallic Mules + Socks + Skinny Jeans
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Metallic Knee-High Boots + Simple Knitted Dress
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Gold Flats + Brocade Pyjama Pants
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Antique Gold Boots + Denim Culottes
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Gold Shoes + Bright-Red Tailoring
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Sci-Fi Pointy-Toes + Tweed
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Strappy Sandals + Casual Jeans + Tee
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Stacked Loafers + Thick Socks + Straight-Leg Jeans
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Shrunken Denim + Shiny Boots + Shaggy Coat
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Bling Brogues + Nerdy Socks + Boyish Trousers
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Grecian Sandals + Floaty Layers
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Sequined Courts + Raw-Edge Jeans
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Metallic Sock-Boots + Turned-Up Skinnies
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Baggy Separates + Shiny Stilettos
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Hannah Almassi
Editor in Chief

Hannah Almassi is the Editor in Chief of Who What Wear UK. Hannah has been part of the the Who What Wear brand since 2015, when she was headhunted to launch the UK sister site and social channels, implement a localised content strategy and build out the editorial team. She joined following a seven-year tenure at Grazia magazine, where she led front-of-book news, fashion features and shopping specials as fashion news and features editor. With experience in both print and digital across fashion and beauty, Hannah has over 16 years in the field as a journalist, editor, content strategist and brand consultant. Hannah has interviewed industry heavyweights such as designers including Marc Jacobs and Jonathan Anderson through to arbiters of taste including Katie Grand and Anna Dello Russo. A skilled moderator and lecturer specialising in the shift to digital media and e-commerce, Hannah’s opinion and work has been sought by the likes of CNBC, BBC, The Sunday Times Style, The Times, The Telegraph and MatchesFashion.com, among many others. Hannah is often called upon for her take on trends, becoming known as a person with their finger of the pulse of what’s happening in the fashion space for stylish Brits. Hannah currently resides in Eastbourne with her photographer husband, incredibly busy son and highly Instagrammable cat.