If the Shoe Fits: How to Find the Just-Right Pair for Every Dress

Dresses are those one-piece wonders that do (almost) all the work for you. But luckily, you still get to pick out a killer pair of shoes. Peep the tips below for the answer to the question, “What shoes should I wear with this dress?”


1. The Tailored Sheath
Polish. Poise. Keep that image going by pairing this work-ready number with the clean shape of a classic pump, slingback, kitten heel, or even a chic ballet flat.
Avoid: Ankle boots. They’ll visually crop your legs at an awkward length.

2. The Maxi Dress
Maxi dresses are the easiest and breeziest of summer ensembles, so naturally, they pair well with flat, comfortable sandals. But if your maxi’s a little too maxi? Among other solutions, a great pair of wedges (in summery cork, perhaps?) is the most fashionable of fixes.
Avoid: Pumps. They’re too dressed up and fussy for this casual style.

3. The Cocktail Number
Short hemlines. Playful shapes. You’ve got a recipe that calls for heels. So pull out a pair of ankle-strap or T-strap stilettos and keep the visual interest going from head to toe. Since you’re showing off some leg, you don’t have to worry about the straps cutting you off at the ankle.
Avoid: Flats. They’ll make your legs look shorter and downgrade the fancy factor.

4: The Black-Tie Gown
When glamour combines with a floor-grazing hem, always go with heels. Strappy stilettos let your toes peek out, show off your pedicure, and put just a little bit of extra skin on display.
Avoid: Wedges. They’re too beachy and casual for such a swanky dress.

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By Chrissy Makkas, Staff Writer

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