What to Wear With Every Shoe Colour

How do you wear coloured heels? Let’s be honest: No matter how many pairs of bright, statement-making heels you own, it’s the black ones that we most often reach for. Naturally, it requires a bit more thought and effort to pair coloured heels to your look than simply throwing on some easy go-to shoes. So today we’re bringing you our ultimate guide on what to wear with every shoe colour—in hopes of helping you (and ourselves) give those purple, blue and red heels some airtime. Before you start, a few rules of thumb to remember:

1. If your outfit has a colour in it, your shoes can be any shade of that colour.

2. Black, beige and grey shoes go with everything.

3. You can never go wrong with head-to-toe monochrome.

To help you out further, we’ve found some incredible street style looks to help you work out your next bright-heel ensemble. We’ve even picked out some of our favourite shoes for you to shop right now. Keep scrolling to read our tips on how to wear coloured heels and where to get them right now.



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Don’t reserve metallics—particularly gold—just for special occasions (i.e., parties and weddings). Low-heeled styles look wonderful with sugary tones and add an unexpected shimmer to daytime outfits. Annabel Rosenthal’s photo-worthy look is your next brunch outfit sorted.

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White shoes get a bad rep. Because of that, we all need a little help styling them. Wearing them with a black seems a little too theatrical, so why not start with bare legs and a neutral, such as tan? Then you can throw on whatever splashes of colours you like. Take it from Natasha Goldenberg, who favours blue and a printed coat thrown on top. Easy!



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We have Balenciaga to thank for the purple footwear movement. Tempted to get in but wondering how on earth you’d style them? It’s not as tricky as you think. Soft floral dresses or skirts and leather jackets make for an inspired pairing. So go on—treat yourself.



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Whoever said red and green should never be seen clearly hadn’t experimented with pillbox red and army green. Lisa Aiken has boldly gone for scarlet from head to toe here but masterfully tempered it with a utilitarian shade of green. So rather than always turning to denim, erase that tired old adage from your head and have some fun experimenting. 

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Blue on blue: who’d have thought it would be such a winning combination? To be fair, you can pair pretty much anything with denim and still have it look good, but bright blue heels and jeans work in the most effortless of ways to create a look that’s democratic and fresh. Make like Pernille Teisbaek here.



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Christian Dior lived by pink and grey, and for good reason. Even half a century later, there’s no chicer fusion of opposites. So while hot pink heels may seem like a frivolous buy on paper, they are actually the shot of sartorial adrenaline your wardrobe needs. Wear with lose grey trousers and listen to the compliments roll in.


Since starting as an intern back in 2013, Nicole Akhtarzad Eshaghpour has held several roles here at Who What Wear, and she is currently Editor-at-Large. It was a less expected route, seeing as she was graduating from business school at USC when this all began, but it has turned out to be the best one for her. Fast-forward to 2024, and she's moved to NYC from her hometown of Beverly Hills and spends her workdays a little differently from when she was an intern starting out. Currently, she focuses on a weekly mélange of shopping content. As far as her personal style goes, she's largely drawn to classic pieces and neutral basics but will always make an exception for something colorful, printed, or bejeweled as long as it's deemed worthy enough. After all, the only thing she loves more than a good party is dressing up for one. On weekdays, she can usually be found at home eating something delicious for dinner and trying to force her husband to watch Summer House.