5 Best Color Shoes to Wear With Red Dresses

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Forget the LBD – or little black dress – we’re obsessing over red dresses for the festive season. Red is a color synonymous with courage, love, and seduction.

A red dress is something you wear when you want to make a statement. Red also reminds us of the joy of the holiday season, making it a classic choice for holiday parties, family get-togethers, and special events.

Gal Gadot, Regina Hall, Victoria Beckham, Kate Beckinsale, Minnie Driver, and Vanessa Bauer show what shoe color to wear with red dressesGal Gadot, Regina Hall, Victoria Beckham, Kate Beckinsale, Minnie Driver, and Vanessa Bauer show what shoe color to wear with red dresses (Credit: Mega / Avalon / Nicky Nelson / Mario Mitsis)

While we love red dresses, we’re often left wondering what color of shoes to wear. You want to let your red dress take center stage while still wearing shoes that match the aesthetic of your look.

We’re sharing the color of shoes that will work perfectly with your red dress, whether you’re heading to the office or a Christmas party.

1. Metallic silver

You can add a touch of sparkle to your look with a metallic silver shoe. You want to stay away from gold and choose metallic silver instead as the cooler undertones will help the red of your dress pop.

1. Trina Turk Upbeat One-Shoulder Dress, 2. Schutz Snakeskin-Effect High-Heeled Sandals, 3. Likely Lachance Cut-Out Flare-Hem Dress, 4. Schutz Altina Metallic Lizard-Embossed Leather Sandals, 5. Taylor Elbow Sleeve Solid Faux Wrap Sheath Dress, 6. Calvin Klein Dona Pointed-Toe Pump
1. Trina Turk Upbeat One-Shoulder Dress, $228 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 2. Schutz Snakeskin-Effect High-Heeled Sandals, $116 at Farfetch, 3. Likely Lachance Cut-Out Flare-Hem Dress, $242 at Farfetch, 4. Schutz Altina Metallic Lizard-Embossed Leather Sandals, $118 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 5. Taylor Elbow Sleeve Solid Faux-Wrap Sheath Dress, $98 at Zappos, 6. Calvin Klein Dona Pointed-Toe Pump, $109 at Nordstrom

The benefit of wearing silver shoes is that it’s easier to create a uniform look by incorporating matching sterling silver or diamond jewelry to tie your outfit together. Silver shoes will add a classic feel without distracting your red dress.

2. Green shoes

If you want to make a statement with your red dress this holiday season, go all out with green shoes. We all know that red and green are a match made in winter wonderland.

1. Fraiche By J Empire Waist Long Sleeve Dress, 2. Bottega Veneta BV Curve Sandals, 3. Lauren Ralph Lauren Crepe Off-the-Shoulder Cocktail Dress, 4. BCBGeneration Hallix Croc Embossed Pump1. Fraiche By J Empire Waist Long Sleeve Dress, $99 at Nordstrom, 2. Bottega Veneta BV Curve Sandals, $1,650 at Mytheresa, 3. Lauren Ralph Lauren Crepe Off-the-Shoulder Cocktail Dress, $175 at Zappos, 4. BCBGeneration Hallix Croc Embossed Pump, $109 at Nordstrom

You want to try and choose a green shade that complements your red dress, with darker forest greens giving you a look that hints at Christmas without making you look like a festive gift.

3. Red shoes

When in doubt, go monochrome. There’s nothing chicer than wearing one color from head to toe.

You can choose red shoes in a matching red hue to your dress or add an extra dimension by choosing a color that is a few hues darker or lighter than your dress.

1. Gabby Skye Sleeveless Round Neck Crochet Lace Fit and Flare Dress, 2. Marc Fisher LTD Sereno Pump, 3. Amsale Faille Strapless Dress, 4. Vince Camuto Relasha Ankle Strap Sandal1. Gabby Skye Sleeveless Round Neck Crochet Lace Fit and Flare Dress, $66 at Zappos, 2. Marc Fisher LTD Sereno Pump, $150 at Nordstrom, 3. Amsale Faille Strapless Dress, $440 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 4. Vince Camuto Relasha Ankle Strap Sandal, $109.95 at Nordstrom

Adding red shoes to your dress can help you stand out from the crowd and elongate your figure by creating a streamlined look.

4. Nude shoes

One type of shoe that will always go with any dress is nude shoes. They’re a neutral that is effortlessly chic and gives the illusion of longer and slimmer legs.

1. 4SI3NNA Soren Square Neck Sleeveless Bodycon Midi Dress, 2. Vince Camuto Lauralie Sandals, 3. Ieena for Mac Duggal Fit & Flare Cocktail Dress, 4. Gianvito Rossi Portofino Sandal, 5. Likely Brooklyn Midi Dress, 6. Sam Edelman Hazel Pointed-Toe Pump1. 4SI3NNA Soren Square Neck Sleeveless Bodycon Midi Dress, $98 at Zappos, 2. Vince Camuto Lauralie Sandals, $99 at Zappos, 3. Ieena for Mac Duggal Fit & Flare Cocktail Dress, $238 at Nordstrom, 4. Gianvito Rossi Portofino Sandal, $815 at Farfetch, 5. Likely Brooklyn Midi Dress, $198 at Nordstrom, 6. Sam Edelman Hazel Pointed-Toe Pump, $111 at Farfetch

If you’re wearing a short red dress, nude shoes can be a game-changer and add extra versatility to your red dress. Nude shoes can create a workwear look or give you a confidence boost for stepping on the red carpet.

5. White shoes

Do you want to help brighten your red dress? White shoes are a refreshing alternative to black and nude heels, creating a contrast while still being classic.

1. Staud Loretta Button Front Midi Dress, 2. Journee Collection Chastity Sandal, 3. En Saison Rib Knit Midi Dress, 4. ON The Roger Centre Court JP Faux-Leather Trainers, 5. Blanca Vita Alice Fitted Midi Dress, 6. J. Reneé Kamilo Pointed Toe Pump1. Staud Loretta Button Front Midi Dress, $395 at Saks Fifth Avenue, 2. Journee Collection Chastity Sandal, $54.99 at Zappos, 3. En Saison Rib Knit Midi Dress, $98 at Nordstrom, 4. ON The Roger Centre Court JP Faux-Leather Trainers, $190 at Matches Fashion, 5. Blanca Vita Alice Fitted Midi Dress, $254 at Farfetch, 6. J. Reneé Kamilo Pointed Toe Pump, $109.95 at Nordstrom

White shoes are effortlessly chic and can help elevate a look, whether you’re stepping into sneakers or slipping into pointed heels. They provide the perfect base to help your red dress stand out.

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