The ultimate easy summer wardrobe staple, rompers can be a tricky piece to style. While they can look sophisticated, oftentimes they can slip into “junior” territory. Fit and silhouette are key when selecting the right romper to wear, but the next most important thing are shoes. The accessory can really make or break the outfit.
To find out how to tackle this fashion issue, we called in the advice of Who What Wear’s editors. Ahead, editors are sharing the shoes they would never wear with rompers—and the styles to wear instead. Whether you’re wearing a boho long-sleeve romper or a gingham halterneck version, there are shoes for every style.
Keep reading to find out the shoes fashion girls avoid with rompers, then shop editor-approved picks to wear all summer long.
“I’d probably never wear flip-flops with a romper. Instead I’d go for low block heels to keep my outfit looking put together." — Michelle Scanga, Managing Editor
Wear this romper with a pair of fun embellished earrings.
White sandals are appropriate for many different occasions.
“For some reason, the combination of a romper and sneakers reminds me of a kid at a theme park, so that’s one I avoid. Instead, I’d opt for subtle sandals, whether flat or with a low block heel.” — Nicole Akhtarzad, Market Editor
For your next night out, why not try a chic romper?
We always prefer warm tones like rose gold in our summer wardrobe.
“I would never wear round-toe ballet flats with a romper. Since I am on the shorter side, I prefer to slip into shoes that give me a little height while still offering comfort like these block-heel mules from By Far.” — Lauren Eggertsen, Associate Editor
Pair a loosely fitted romper with bold sunglasses.
Fashion girls are opting for mules to gain a couple inches of comfortable height.
“The only rompers I own are breezy swimsuit cover-ups, so I would never wear loafers with them because they’re too stuffy and office-like. Instead, I’d wear summer-ready sandals like these pretty gold versions.” — Erin Fitzpatrick, News Editor
A chic lightweight cover-up is an easy way to be chic in your swimwear.
Simple gold sandals are a great long-term investment.
“I’d never wear ankle boots with a romper. The proportions would be all off! Instead, I love nice mules along with a cute flouncy romper." — Aemilia Madden, Editor
This gingham romper is a summer must.
Some low-heeled mules are classy and comfortable.
“High-heeled ankle boots and rompers definitely aren’t friends in my book. I actually don’t remember the last time I wore anything but slide sandals, mules, or sneakers with a romper. I’d love to wear these denim espadrille mules with a white one.” — Allyson Payer, Editor
Pair this white romper with a woven summer hat.
These espadrille slides are necessary for beach days.
Next, find out how to master minimalistic fashion.