What Color Shoes Do I Wear With This?

This Color Shoe Will Match Anything You Wear

Have you ever asked, “What color shoes do I wear with this?”? There’s one color shoe that will look good with almost any outfit you wear. That’s a big statement to make, I know. But,  finding the best color shoe for your outfit might only require you to look in the mirror.  

 

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What Color Shoes Do I Wear With…?

Some outfits are EASY to match with shoes. You can pull one of the colors out of your gorgeous floral dress or printed blouse and add that same color shoes for a pop of color. You know you want to wear a black dress and tights with your black block heel pumps to create a long, lean monochromatic look.

We also know that nude shoes, whatever nude is for your skin tone, is a wardrobe staple. And who can resist a pair of leopard print shoes? They’re almost a neutral now.

But we’ve all had that dress, blouse or pair of pants that have left us asking, “But, what color shoes do I wear with this?” The answer isn’t complicated, so I won’t bore you any longer with ALL THE WORDS…

THIS Color Shoes Will Match Any Outfit

Shoes the same color or tone as your hair will match almost anything you wear!

I’m serious! I can’t remember where I learned this, but it would explain why some of my past favorites were a rusty brown cognac color from when my hair was brassy, brown. And why I’m currently amassing an extensive collection of taupe and camel colored shoes. I’m also starting to become attracted to more ashy, gray-toned shoes. Hmmm. Hello, salt and pepper new growth. 😉

Your feet and your head are the bookends for your outfit.

Why It Works

Wearing shoes the same color as your hair works because it creates balance to the entire look. Your hair and your head are like bookends for your outfit. So, when they are same shade, it just works. There’s no need to get super matchy, matchy. Shoes in the same general color family will work. Still not sure what I mean?

My friend Cathy from The Middle Page provides a perfect example of how this works with her rusty red hair.

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You can see how Cathy’s shoes and hair balance her look
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This Color Shoe Will Match Anything You Wear

No need to get crazy matching your hair color exactly. If you get the tone and level of color close, it will work. I’ve put together these color collections to help get you started.

Blondes

This color shoes will match anything you wear if you have BLONDE HAIR! || What color shoes to wear with red, green, gray, black, yellow, blue and more.

Blondes can wear shoes in the white color family. That would include bone, tan and champagne. You may be able to cross into light grays if the color level is similar to your hair color.

Strawberry Blondes, could your hue possibly be rose gold? Lucky ducks!!!

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Light Brown Hair

These shoes will match anything you wear if you have light brown hair. || This shoe will match anything you wear.

Those with light brown hair can search for shoes labeled as cognac, caramel, and light brown. Camel might be an option if you tend to have yellow undertones and the color level is close. Remember, BOOKENDS! 😉

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Dark Brown Hair

This color shoe will match any you wear if you have DARK BROWN hair. ||

Dark brown haired beauties can wear rich brown shades on their feet. Cocoa, Java, and chestnut. They look as delicious as they sound. If your hair is nearly black, black shoes can be your signature color. The rest of us can obviously pull off black shoes, but they will not create the head/toe balance they do on YOU. 

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Red Hair

This color shoe will match anything you wear if you have RED hair. || What color shoes to wear with red, green, blue, brown or yellow clothes.

Okay, you feisty redheads, you have lots of choices that aren’t really red. Most natural redheads have brown undertones so some of the colors you look good in cross over into the light brown hair category. Cognac shoes are my favorite, and they look GREAT on YOU! 

If you dye your hair red or have special red-ish tints put in it, your color choices will differ… obviously. 

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Gray Hair

This color shoes will go with anything you wear IF you have GRAY or SILVER hair.

Gray-haired Lovelies, you have lots of options based on the individual tones in your natural hair color. You are another color that has tones that could cross into the blonde hair shoe colors too. Taupe, silver, gray and champagne could be great on you depending on your hair colors. Look at the overall tone of your hair when choosing your ashy colored shoes keeping to mind you want to create the bookend balance we talked about earlier.

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Did You Find Any New Shoes?

You can obviously wear any color shoes you want with whatever you want to wear them with. But when you’re stuck, this is an excellent place to start.

Have you ever heard this tip? And do you already have a closet full of shoes the same color as your hair or do you need to go shopping? 

Shoe shopping is the best shopping! 

Enjoy!

Paula

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20 Comments

  1. Meshonda
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    I like the idea of matching the shoes to the hair color. I never thought of that. I like the example you provided with Cathy. Thanks for sharing.

    • Paula
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      If you follow Cathy on Instagram, you’ll see that she uses this principle often. I don’t know if she does it on purpose or not, but it’s styling brillance.;-)

      Paula

  2. Heide V
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    This makes so much sense, and totally explains why I’m always drawn to a caramel colour shoe…. light brown hair 🙂 Thanks SO much for this tip!!

    • Paula
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      You’re welcome, Heide. Often times I would tell my manicure/pedicure clients that the colors they were constantly being drawn to are the ones that look the best on us. I reckon this can apply to shoes too.

  3. Cindy
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    That makes so much sense!! I’ll be paying attention to this tip in the future!

    • Paula
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      I’ll be interested to hear if you can see the difference in the outfits you put together using this style principle.

      🙂
      Paula

  4. I guess that’s why I lean towards cognac colors. Maybe the bolyage helps me diversify too 😉

    • Paula
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      I still definitely lean toward cognac. It’s such a pretty and grounding color for leather accessories.

      😉
      Paula

  5. well how about that. I would’ve never thought to match with hair color. Since I’m currently half brown, half gray my options are bigger…lol

    • Paula
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      Ha! I’m thinking that to truly balance my look, I’m going to have to go with the color at the tippy top of my head, which is ash right now. So, I guess I’m going to need to pick up more greige shoes. Shucks! 😉

      Hugs,
      Paula

  6. Gina D from Texas
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    And if you’re not blonde but not light brown either? Kind of in between. Do I get to pick from either category? Yay!

    • Paula
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      That sounds like a taupe color to me Gina. 😉

      Paula

  7. Janet Emery
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    I love this! I have never thought of it, but it makes so much sense! Now I need to go shopping. My hair is silvery gray and I don’t have a single pair of gray shoes!

    • Paula
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      Yes indeed, time to go shopping!

      Have fun and don’t tell your hubs I MADE you do it.

      Paula

  8. This is genius!!!! And thank you for including women of color. Your statement about nude colors is so so so appreciated. Now to go look at my closet and reconsider outfits that I’ve kept tucked away because I wasn’t sure about the shoe pairing.

    • Paula
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      Ahh yes! It drives me crazy when the color “nude” is lumped into one “category”. Within any ethnicity, a truly nude color can vary too. And matching to our hair is so balancing. I’m thinking that since the tippy top of my head is now a very ashy color, grays will have to be my go-to IF I don’t have any other color I want to wear.

      Hugs,
      Paula

    • Paula
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      Thanks, Fonda. Some inner part of us is screaming for balance and at least we can achieve it visually. 😉

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