The 2023 Guide to What Shoes to Wear With Dresses


This is a story we do pretty much every year when it's getting closer to being warm enough for us to think about wearing dresses again (past example here). That's how relevant it is year after year. Sure, you could easily just throw on a pair of white sneakers with your spring dresses and call it a day, but there's a world of shoe trend possibilities out there, so why not keep things interesting and mix it up?

For 2023, the name of the game when it comes to shoe trends is, well, anything goes. Among the biggest trends of the year, you'll find metallic shoes, knee boots, and Mary Janes, to name a few. But which styles are fashion people wearing with dresses?

I combed through dress outfits on Instagram and countless pairs of new shoes, and these seven trends are pretty much made for dresses. Keep scrolling to shop them all.

Silver Shoes


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Is it just me, or did the metallic-shoe trend kind of come out of nowhere? (Well, I guess Khaite's recent collections might've had something to do with it.) The street style throughout this fashion month has solidified it: Metallic shoes, especially silver ones, are going to be a thing for quite some time.

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Adidas Soccer Sneakers


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People are wearing Adidas soccer sneakers (Samba, Gazelle, etc.) with literally everything, and that includes dresses. I personally love the contrast this combo provides.

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Mary Janes


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Mary Janes, whether flat or heeled, and dresses go hand in hand. They're the perfect match for sweet dresses but also add a cool contrast to less-sweet dress styles. The bottom line is you should wear them with any style you please.

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Wedge Heels


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Shoes with interesting, sculptural wedge heels feel fresh right now, and they add a modern edge to anything they're paired with. I especially love wedges with minidresses.

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Knee Boots


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Knee boots and dresses are a no-brainer, but they're so popular right now that I couldn't leave them off the list. They work with any length of dress, which is always a plus.

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Slingbacks add a dose of elegance to dresses, which is great for special occasions and the office. It's also a timeless style, so you don't have to worry about the "trend" fading away.

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Platforms aren't a new trend, but they're an enduring one. Fashion people love pairing them with short dresses especially.

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Allyson Payer
Senior Editor

Allyson is a senior editor for Who What Wear. She joined the company in 2014 as co-founder Katherine Power's executive assistant and over the years has written hundreds of stories for Who What Wear. Prior to her career in fashion, Allyson worked in the entertainment industry at companies such as Sony Pictures Television. Allyson is now based in Raleigh, North Carolina, and is originally from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She holds a BFA in theater. Her path to fashion may not have been linear, but based on the number of fashion magazines she collected as a child and young adult, it was meant to be.