To put it in beauty terms: Red shoes are like a red lip. We love them on other people, but we never know how to master the look ourselves. Do you pair with more red? Do you keep the rest of your look simple? We know it can feel like a daring thing to try, but no longer—because in my own quest to figure out what looks best with red shoes, I’ve gotten it down to an exact science and narrowed down the top three scenarios in which the standout footwear looks best. See what they are below and then continue to shop my favorite red shoes right now.
While overly attempting to match your shoes to your outfit can sometimes work against you, when it comes to the color red, we say go for it. Whether it’s a pop of the color in your bag or a head-to-toe crimson look, somehow it just works. But no need to just take our word for it—see the proof in the outfits below.
There’s something about the combination of a printed dress and red shoes that just works. Extra points if your dress has a hint of red already in it, but even if it doesn’t—you’re likely still safe.
At this point, we always consider denim a neutral, but if you didn’t know, it especially applies here. As you’ll see below, when combined with any number of neutrals (tans, black, white, grays, and, of course, jeans), a red shoe not only pairs well, but it also gives your look an exciting edge.