Answering the big questions: What shoes to wear with dresses
There’s nothing worse than finding the perfect dress, getting ready for your night out and realising you don’t have those special dress shoes that finish the look. The footwear is just as important as the dress - they need to work in tandem with the dress style to complement your look and offer the comfort and stability you need from them. Whether you’re looking for shoes to pair with a daytime dress, something more formal for nights out or a magic pair to work with any different dress length - we have the options to mirror your dress code.
When we say day dresses, we’re talking printed smock dresses and pretty sundresses. Styles you can wear to brunch and beyond. For footwear reach for feminine styles that are comfortable enough to last all day. Flats and wedge sandals are perfect options. Our favourite combination? A white dress paired with flat, bohemian-style leather shoes. Just add a straw bag and you’re ready to go.
|Wedge Sandal||Classic Wedge Sandal|
Nothing is worse than ending a big night out early because your feet are killing you. Your footwear choice is key - something to make your legs look amazing whilst lasting all night on the dancefloor. For this level of comfort, look for supportive features like small platforms, thicker heels and heel straps. The more of these you tick off, the longer your feet are likely to last before you reach for the plaster box. Our favourite are the Jessica Simpson style with a stable block heel and secondary ankle strap.
|Strappy Open Toe||BellaSiba Patterned High Heel|
Fashion’s favourite trend is currently the midi-dress, but it can be difficult finding the ideal shoes to pair with this in-between length. For a tighter fitting shape, a small heel will give a more formal finish. For a-line and looser fitting dresses you can play the look down with some comfortable sneakers - a fashionista favourite as far as pairings go.
|BellaSiba Sandals||Block Heel Scrunch Sandals||Easy comfort with Puma Sneakers|
When it comes to special occasions, you can get away with some glitter and sparkle. Italian brand Bellasiba is a great go-to for glamorous styles in classic stiletto silhouettes. If sparkle isn’t your thing, not to worry. Cut-out designs, embroidery and buckle detailing can all elevate your heels. Extra tip? Add a little sparkle with a hairclip to balance it all out.
|Wear this to sparkle||Something to catch the eye||BellaSiba Heels|
For casual dresses we mean more plain jersey styles you wear for comfort and popping to the grocery store. Whatever the length, we’ll be reflecting the casual style with off-duty footwear styles. Sneakers and flat sandals are our practical go-to’s. Espadrilles also offer additional comfort thanks to their thick soles, and can be a great alternative to flip-flops.
|Skechers Sneakers||Lolla Bacchi Sandals||Relaxed look|
- Shumaker Team