Red shoes can be paired with a variety of outfits, such as black and white separates for work, black and white sportswear for a workout look, blue jeans, khakis, camo, floral print dresses, light wash jeans, and a top, neutral dresses, denim outfits, and striped tops and skirts
How to Wear Red Footwear for Women
After black, brown, and blue, red is the most popular color for women’s dresses and casual shoes. It makes perfect sense. Red is the exact opposite of the three colors that come before it in terms of popularity. It’s dynamic. It’s sexy. And, it’s in your face. Let’s face it, red just pops.
Another great thing about red shoes is that they don’t need to be anything other than red to be dynamic. They don’t need to have 5-inch heels or rhinestone-studded uppers. And, they don’t even need to be the trendiest style. Just being red is enough.
If you don’t already have a pair of red shoes in your wardrobe, you should. Below are a few tips for how to wear them.
Black, White, and Other Neutrals
Want to jazz up a white suit, or take that little black dress to a whole new level of sexy? Add a pair of red shoes.
But don’t make the mistake of thinking that black and white are the only neutrals that can benefit from a healthy dose of red footwear. Creams, taupe, khakis, ivories, and all shades of gray look fantastic with red. In fact, it’s the ideal hue for keeping your neutral outfits from seeming too boring or safe.
Denim is Right at Home with Red Footwear
One of the quickest ways to refresh any outfit that includes your favorite old (or new) pair of jeans is to add a pair of red shoes or boots into the mix.
Naturally, red heels will really dress them up, but that’s certainly not the only way to go. In fact, if you’re looking for chic instead of sexy, you’re better off with a pair of red flats, like oxfords, loafers, or even ballerina flats.
To really make this combination sing, opt for topping the look off with a simple shirt in black or white. And don’t go crazy with the accessories. Remember, red shoes are enough on their own.
Red Shoes with Blue: A Classic Combination
A lot of women naturally think of navy when they’re reaching for an outfit to pair with their favorite red shoes. And, that’s completely understandable. It’s a classic combination, and there’s nothing wrong with it.
But, you don’t need to limit yourself to dark shades of blue when wearing red footwear. Turquoise, royal blue, and even shades of pale blue look phenomenal with red heels. But, if you’re wearing one of these mid-tone, brighter, or lighter shades of blue, then you’ll want to stick with bright and medium shades of red, and leave the darker red shades for your darkest blue outfits.
Vivid with Vivid: Pinks, Oranges, and Yellows
Vibrant and bold, red is a strong enough color to hold its own with any other vivid shade, including bright yellows, oranges, and pinks. But, this combination definitely isn’t for everyone. In fact, if you’re hoping to blend in, just look away quickly and pretend you never read this paragraph.
On the other hand, if you’ve got the confidence to pull it off, pairing one or more of these dynamic colors with red footwear is nearly guaranteed to demand attention. To make sure it’s the right kind of attention, look for outfits that have a similar tone to the red of your shoes, and keep your footwear as simply styled as possible. Think basic red pumps or classic red loafers that are free from trendy details and embellishments.
You definitely don’t need to get carried away, as bold combinations like these can quickly go from chic to freak.
How to Style Red Shoes
Red shoes can be styled in a variety of ways, such as pairing them with white pants or denim, black and white separate for work, black and white sportswear for a workout look, a camel overcoat and white jeans, or jeans and a plain white T-shirt.
Iskra Banović is our seasoned Editor-in-Chief at BlueFashion. She has been steering the website’s content and editorial direction since 2013. With a rich background in fashion design, Iskra’s expertise spans across fashion, interior design, beauty, lifestyle, travel, and culture.