Another day, another fashion emergency. Today, we are trying to find out what color shoes to wear with a brown dress. This shouldn’t be a tough task since brown is one of the neutral colors and can be easily paired with pretty much anything.
Today, many outfit pieces are made out of materials in various shades of brown color, and I believe there isn’t a single person in this world that doesn’t have something brownish in their closet.
I’m sure many women out there have a brown dress (or two) hanging inside their closet, waiting to be worn. But worn with what? What color shoes to wear with a brown dress?
Let’s find out!
What color shoes to wear with a brown dress?
1. Black shoes
Black is such a predictable but at the same time such timeless color that goes well with pretty much everything. So, no wonder we have started this list with black shoes.
There used to be a time when people believed that black and brown shouldn’t be paired together. Luckily for all of us, those days are long gone, and styling these two together is celebrated, and not condemned.
So, if you’re wondering what shoes to wear with your brown dress, you can never go wrong with your favorite pair of black booties.
I love to pair my brown sweater dresses with black leather boots or knee-high suede boots. I feel like that’s a perfect fall/winter look that can work for all body types and style preferences. This combination is comfy, cozy, and it looks awesome. Bingo!
However, if you have a fancy brown slip dress waiting in the closet, and you need a pair of shoes to go with it, black strappy heel sandals are the way to go. They’ll look classy and elegant on your legs and will not overshadow the beauty of the dress.
2. White shoes
I guess you saw this one coming, right? White shoes are one of those shoes that work well when styled with anything.
For more casual occasions, white sneakers will be your best friend. They can be paired with a variety of clothing items, from joggers, jeans, and leggings to dresses, too.
Go for a comfy, brown, body-fitted maxi dress and a pair of platformed Converse All Star shoes. Throw on a white, chunky sweater vest to keep yourself warm, add a bunch of gold accessories, and you’re done!
In case you’re aiming for something fancier and more formal, white stilettos or pumps are always the way to go.
3. Brown shoes
If you’re a fan of monochromatic looks, then you’ll love this one. If you’re not, then I suggest you become one because monochromatic looks are very much on-trend these days. They are very easy to pull off and also look almost effortless and perfect to the point of taking someone’s breath away.
Go for over-the-knee, brown, heeled boots and a brown dress with a more relaxed fit. Throw on a brown jacket if you need one and add a brown purse, and there you go – a perfect everyday outfit for fall. You can also play with different shades of brown or only stick to one. Your choice!
4. Nude shoes
You can never go wrong with nude shoes, really. Because they are so neutral, they work well with anything you pair them with, while doing your legs a lot of justice by elongating them and making them appear thinner.
The rule of thumb you should follow here is to find the right shade of nude that works best for your skin tone. This might be a trial and error situation, and you might have to have a different shade of nude for a different season, but once you get a hold of it, you’ll never want to wear any other shoes.
Nude shoes are perfect for more formal occasions. For example, if you have a wedding to attend, a pair of nude heels or heeled nude mules will work with pretty much any dress you have in your closet. And, you also won’t have to worry about whether you’re wearing bride-approved shoe color or not.
5. Gold or silver shoes
Depending on your preferences and the undertones of your skin, gold or silvers shoes can be the perfect party shoes to pair with a brown dress.
The only thing you should remember here is to pair gold shoes with warmer tones of brown, and silver shoes with cooler tones of brown. Also, one more thing, remember to match your accessories with the shoes you decide to wear.
When it comes to gold and silver shoes, I prefer to wear strappy sandals either in flat or heeled versions. If you’re getting ready for a night out, then Nine West Yess sandals are a great option. They won’t break the bank but you’ll still look and feel amazing.
Personally, I feel like a golden stiletto with a brown dress would be a tad bit too much for me. However, if this style makes you feel great, then you should absolutely go for it!
6. Clear shoes
Ever since our one and only Kim Kardashian made them popular, clear shoes have been the star of the show. Often referred to as transparent, these shoes are the epitome of “easily style-able” since they are, well, essentially colorless.
So naturally, as they don’t (or really can’t) clash with any other color on the color wheel, these shoes can be paired with a brown dress for both casual and more formal occasions.
In case you’d like to live out your Cinderella fantasies next time you go out with your girlfriends on Friday night, wear your glass slippers (a.k.a. transparent heels) with a brown satin dress with a corset top. Accessorize with a neutral-colored purse and minimal jewelry, and you’ll be ready for the ball.
However, if you’re not a huge fan of this trend, don’t worry. I have a solution for you.
These Steve Madden Lilah Heeled Sandals are a perfect choice when you want to jump on the bandwagon but don’t want to overdo it. If you end up liking them, you can experiment more and eventually go for full-on transparent shoes.
Your shoes and your dress will most definitely win over the heart of a certain prince. Only this time the magic won’t last only until midnight.
Can you add a pop of color to a brown dress?
If this question has been rumbling through your mind, then I’m happy to inform you that yes – you can absolutely add a pop of color to your brown dress.
The color brown is, as we all already know, one of the neutral colors. But, what makes this color so special is the fact that it is made out of every single color of the color wheel. So, essentially, the color brown has all the colors inside itself, so naturally, it can work wonders when paired with any one of them.
Below, I’m bringing you my top 4 favorite colorful shades to wear with brown dresses. If you don’t like them, feel free to experiment with other colors. You can also have fun with different patterns as they will all work great with the color brown.
1. Red shoes
Starting off with the color of passion. Red and brown are hands down the best color combination. When paired together, you get to have the safe and mature side of the brown, and the fierce and confident side of the red.
Go for a classic brown pencil dress and elevate this look with a pair of red stilettos.
Since these two are already a strong contrast, I suggest you keep things simple with the rest of your look. Stick with neutrals like black or nude for accessories, and opt for minimal, either gold or silver jewelry.
2. Yellow shoes
Many people’s favorite color to wear for the summer is none other than yellow. And luckily for all of us, this color is amazing when paired with a brown dress.
For a perfect summer outfit, opt for a flowy long brown linen dress and yellow sandals or slippers. Get an enormous beige summer hat and a woven beige bag with yellow accents, put on your favorite sunnies, and that’s it!
3. Green shoes
I know that green shoes might not be everyone’s first option, but trust me when I tell you that brown and green actually make a really good pair. If you’re afraid of implementing green into your wardrobe, this could be a good place to start.
Better to make small steps and start with green shoes, than to go all in and start with a green dress, right? Baby steps are the key to success!
I suggest you start with a lighter version of green and then work your way up to more vibrant tones. A nice pair of sage green slides from Cushionaire will be perfect to pair with a light brown dress. With the right accessories, this can be your go-to spring look.
4. Blue shoes
Lastly, we have the color blue. I think I have never owned a pair of blue shoes in my life. Not even when I was a little girl. Nevertheless, I always end up speechless when I see a woman rocking a pair of bright blue shoes.
Just the other day I saw a girl dressed in a brown bodycon midi dress, paired with azure blue, strappy-heeled sandals and a matching purse. She had her hair slicked back in a low bun, and was showing off her perfect no-makeup makeup look.
Let’s just say I wished to have her confidence to wear those colors and outfit pieces together. I’m sure you’re full of confidence, so I strongly suggest you give this combo a shot.