15 Best Shoe Colors To Wear With A Black Dress For Chic Looks

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Having trouble finding the perfect shoes for your LBD? If so, here are the best shoe colors to wear with a black dress.

When it comes to timeless elegance and versatility, few garments can rival the classic black dress. Effortlessly chic and eternally stylish, the black dress has become a staple in every fashion-forward woman’s wardrobe. Whether you’re attending a formal event, a night out on the town, or a casual brunch, the black dress is the epitome of sophistication and grace.

Tamara Kalinic wearing a chic black dress outfit with shoulder pads
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Since black is a neutral color, it’s relatively easy to pair with shoes of any color and design. However, in case you need some encouragement in your shoe styling, we’re here to share our favorite looks and trending shoe colors that will pair effortlessly with your black dress.

Whether you’re aiming for a bold and daring statement or an understated elegance, we’ve got you covered. From classic neutrals to vibrant tones and even unexpected hues, we’ll help you discover the perfect shoe color to elevate your style and turn heads wherever you go.

The 15 Best Shoe Colors To Wear With A Black Dress

1. Black Shoes

Little black bodycon dress with long sleeves and black color strappy heels
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Black on black is a classic combination if you’re going for a chic monochrome look. It’s especially fitting for black-tie affairs, weddings, or other events where the dress code mentions “formal wear”.

For these types of events, there’s seldom a sleeker shoe color to wear with your black dress than a pair of black heels. To accessorize, you can go for an all-black look with a black handbag, or you might want to add a metallic clutch for a touch of glamour.

For a more adventurous styling option, you may also consider bringing a clutch that’s either green, blue, red, fuchsia, or purple – any color that you love will bring a stylish pop of color to thi monochrome look.

Alternatively, if you’re looking to style your dress for more casual outings, opt for a classic pair of black slingbacks, knee-high boots, chic ankle boots or flat sandals. Much like the iconic little black dress, a pair of practical black boots should be a staple in every women’s wardrobe.

Black Shoes We Love
Black braided heeled sandals
Dolce Vita

Paily Braided Sandal

At Nordstrom

Black slingback flats
Vince Camuto

Jesander Pointed Toe Slingback Flat

At Nordstrom

Black YSL Opyum heels
Saint Laurent

Opyum YSL Logo-Heel Sandals

At Neiman Marcus

2. Silver Shoes

Midi length black dress with silver colored rhinestone heels
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Black looks amazing when paired with sparkling silver shoes with or without crystal embellishments. They’re an easy way to add a lot of pizzazz and personality to your black outfit, which is why they’ve quickly become a favorite among fashion it-girls.

To style, wear a comfortable pair of silver heels with your black dress and tie the look together either with a matching rhinestone bag like the Hera bag from Cult Gaia, or opt for a colorful handbag with a cool undertone for a fresh twist. Greens, pinks and blues all work well!

Altenatively, for a casual look, wear a pair of silver ballet flats with your little black dress to add a touch of glamour to your everyday life.

Silver Shoes We Love
Silver jelly wedge sandals
Tony Bianco

Alessi Sandal

At Revolve

Silver rhinestone sligback heels
Betsey Johnson

Clark Slingback Pointed Toe Pump

At Nordstrom

Clear and silver rhinestone heels
Andrea Wazen

Kay See-Through Crystal Bow Slingback Pumps

At Neiman Marcus

3. Hot Pink Shoes

Black feather dress with hot pink heels
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Black is a color that goes with everything, so why not have a little fun and inject some color into your outfit? It honestly doesn’t matter which vibrant color you choose to go with, but one of our top choices are hot pink shoes – there’s just something about them. Plus, you can even wear a lipstick in this vibrant shade to match your shoes!

Hot pink work best for events where you want to make a statement, such as cocktail parties and garden parties. Of course, if you’re not wearing high heels, colorful ballerinas work amazingly well for daytime activities too, and are a safe bet for the office.

You can choose to pair your bag with the shoes, or simply go with a black bag and let the shoes do all the working. Both styles look incredibly chic!

Hot Pink Shoes We Love
Hot pink strappy sandals

Shalla Heel

At Revolve

Hot pink strappy lace up heels from Rene Caovilla
Rene Caovilla

Strass Snake-Wrap Cocktail Sandals

At Neiman Marcus

Hot pink flats with rhinestone bow
Bibi Lou

Bow Flats

At Anthropologie

4. Gold Shoes

Long black satin maxi dress with thigh slit and gold colored strappy heels
Get this dress on Lulus

Like silver, golden shoes look amazing when paired with black outfits, and is the perfect choice if you want to add a luxurious touch to your look.

Gold comes in various shades, ranging from bright and yellow-toned to softer, champagne gold hues. When selecting a pair of gold shoes, pay attention to the undertones of your skin; women with cool undertones typically look and feel best in champagne gold and rose gold shades, while women with warmer under tones shine in yellow gold accessories.

As for shoe styles, we recommend opting for strappy sandals for the most elegant look – chunkier shoes in gold tones can sometimes be a little overbearing.

Gold Shoes We Love
Gold strappy heeled sandals
Steve Madden

Annie Heel

At Revolve

Gold Cult Gaia raffia sandals
Cult Gaia

Rene Metallic Cantilevered Heel Sandals

At Neiman Marcus

Gold Tony Bianco heels that look like Amina Muaddi
Tony Bianco

Shy Sandal

At Revolve

5. Red Shoes

Black dress with red sandal shoes
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Red and black are a classic color combination that can add a little drama to your look, regardless of where you’re headed. It exudes confidence, sophistication, and a sense of daring style.

During the day, red shoes can add a pop of color to your office attire or casual outings. In the evening, they effortlessly transition into a statement piece for a glamorous evening event or a night on the town. If you’re going to a cocktail party, a pair of flirty red lace-up heels are a perfect choice.

To accessorize, it’s always a good idea to wear a matching purse, and if you want to go the extra mile for a special occasion, wear matching lipstick and nail polish to truly elevate your.

Red Shoes We Love
Red lace up strappy sandals
Dolce Vita

Rosie Heel

At Dolce Vita

Red Louboutin Kate heels
Christian Louboutin

Kate Patent Red Sole Pumps

At Neiman Marcus

Red statement strappy sandals with jewel
Gianvito Rossi

Jaipur Metallic Jewel Ankle-Strap Sandals

At Neiman Marcus

6. Neutral Shoes

Black party dress with nude heels
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Nude and beige shoes are always a great choice when you’re looking for a fail-safe shoe color to wear with your black dresses. This color choice is appropriate for both casual and formal events alike, and it’s oh, so easy to style – as your outfit is already completely neutral, you can opt for a purse in any color of your liking from metallic, to neutral, to a more vibrant hue.

To add visual interest and depth to your outfit, consider beige shoes with interesting textures or materials. Patent leather, suede, or woven fabrics can elevate your look and create a unique focal point.

Nude Shoes We Love
Beige Valentino Garavani flip flops
Valentino Garavani

Rockstud Jelly Flip Flop

At Nordstrom

Nude strappy sandals

Bari Sandal

At Revolve

Beige Christian Louboutin Follies Strass pumps with glitter
Christian Louboutin

Mini Glitter Follies Strass Pump

At Nordstrom

7. Light & Lime Green Shoes

Black dress with lime green strappy shoes
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Lime green shoes are the perfect shoe color to wear with your black dress for summertime events, especially if you’re looking to add a fun touch to your look.

To accessorize, opt for a colorful bag in either a matching color, or an equally light color of a different shade, such as lilac seen in the image above.

Light & Lime Green Shoes We Love
Bottega Veneta

Knotted leather sandals

At Net-A-Porter

Metallic lime green flat sandals

Portland Slide Sandal

At Nordstrom

Light green Mach and Mach heels with glitter bow
Mach & Mach

Glitter Double Crystal Bow Pointed Toe Pump

At Nordstrom

8. Cobalt Blue Shoes

If you love bold colors that catch the eye, why not go for a bold pair of royal blue or cobalt blue heels with intresting details, like a bit of satin shimmer, or lace-up straps?

If colorful shoes are out of your comfort zone, you can leave the rest of your outfit monochrome like in the featured image above. Alternatively, accessorize with a purse in a silver or cool-toned color, like blue, lime green, or purple.

Electric Blue Shoes We Love
Royal blue slide sandals with crystal bow
Steve Madden

Embellish Heeled Sandal

At Zappos

Royal blue lace up heels
Femme LA

Barely There Lace Up 3.0

At Revolve

Electric blue Amina Muaddi jelly heels
Golden Goose

Rosie Slingback Bow Pumps

At Neiman Marcus

9. Cream & White Shoes

Casual black midi dress with thigh slit and white colored sneakers
Get this dress on Pink Lily

If you’re going for a casual look, white sneakers are one of the best shoes to have on hand. Like most clothing items, your black dress will match harmoniously with any pair of your favorite white sneakers and flat sandals, so don’t rule them out when you’re creating outfits.

If you want to elevate your look a little, you can also opt for strappy heels or sandals in a cream color – these look great with airy black summer dresses with a feminine flair!

The reason why we specifically recommend cream and off-white heels is that white shoes can sometimes look very harsh when paired with black dresses, as the two colors have a lot of contrast. On the contrary, softer shades of white like cream are usually more forgiving and easier to wear with a black dress, especially if you’re looking for a pair of heels.

White & Cream Shoes We Love
Golden Goose sneakers with silver star
Golden Goose

Ballstar Mixed Leather Pearly Low-Top Sneakers

At Neiman Marcus

Cream slingback heels
Jeffrey Campbell

Adapt Slingback Sandal

At Nordstrom

Cream Tory Burch kitten heeled sandals
Tory Burch

Miller Bombé Low Heel Sandal

At Nordstrom

10. Burgundy

Burgundy is a classic fall color that we love to incorporate into our wardrobes when it starts getting a little chilly outside.

While you can wear your black dress with multiple different burgundy shoes, our favorite ones have to be knee-high burgundy boots. They often come in elegant designs, ranging from classic to croc-effect boorts, and they are the perfect accessory for a transitional summer-to-fall outfit.

For maximum style points, make sure to pair your dress and boots with a matching bag; both burgundy and black bags will look fantastic, but you can also opt for a camel or a tan bag if you wanted to.

Burgundy Shoes We Love
Burgundy croc effect knee high boots
Black Suede Studio

aylor Croc Embossed Pointed Toe Boot

At Nordstrom

Burgundy Gucci Princetown loafers

Princetown Loafer

At Nordstrom

Burgundy knee high boots
Jeffrey Campbell

Maximal Knee High Boot

At Nordstrom

11. Orange Shoes

Orange shoes may seem intimidating, but they don’t have to be! If you’re looking for an outfit that is right on trend, this shoe color may be just the one for you.

As orange shoes can be very bold, we recommend keeping the rest of your outfit quite minimal, and opting for a black handbag to really bring focus to these eye-catching shoes.

While you can shop your shoes from any brand that fits your personal taste, we recommend checking out Amina Muaddi’s options. Her designs have been blowing up everywhere in the past few years, and as a bonus, the chunky pedestal stiletto heels make the shoe super comfortable to walk in.

Orange Shoes We Love
Orange Lupita jelly heels from Amina Muaddi
Amina Muaddi

Lupita Glass Sandal 

At Nordstrom

Orange strappy sandals with lace up detail

Dafne Heel

At Revolve

Orange Amina Muaddi Rosie heels
Amina Muaddi

Rosie Glass Pointed Toe Slingback Pump 

At Nordstrom

12. Animal Print Shoes

Black sweater dress with snake print boots
Get this dress on Lulus

Snake print boots are not for the faint of heart. These show-stopping boots are a great addition to any wardrobe, especially if you wear a lot of plain neutrals and you’re looking to add a touch of glamour in an effortless way.

While we love knee-high snake print boots, you can also opt for ankle boots in this print for a more wearable option. As an alternative, shoes with other animal prints, such as leopard print and zebra print make for fun accessories too.

Snake Print Shoes We Love
Snake print knee-high boots

Maryana Pointed Toe Boot

At Nordstrom

Snake print strappy sandals

Vikki Snake-Print Strappy Thong Sandals

At Neiman Marcus

Trendy snake print ankle boots
Ninety Union

Princess Bootie


13. Purple & Lilac Shoes

Much like hot pink and orange shoes, purple shoes are a fantastic way to add a pop of color to your otherwise monotone look. All shades of purple will look great with your black dress, so it’s up to you if you want to opt for a purple with a more pinkish hue, or a purple shoe with a blue undertone.

Likewise, don’t shy away from lavender and lilac heels – these are super trendy at the moment and will look great with a feminine summer dress that has ruffle detailing, for example.

Purple Shoes We Love
Purple lace up strappy sandals

Magdalena Mid Sandal

At Neiman Marcus

Purple Jimmy Choo Saeda sandals
Jimmy Choo

Saeda Crystal Sandal

At Nordstrom

Lilac slide sandal with block heel

Mackenzie Heel

At Revolve

14. Bright Green

Casual black mini dress with ruffles and sleeves and bright green colored heels
Get this dress on Hello Molly

Bright green has been the unofficial trend color of the past few years since Bottega Veneta started trending with its beautiful designer bags and shoes, many of which were in this eye-catching green color, later nicknamed Bottega green.

While you can definitely get the original padded heels from Bottega Veneta in this color, don’t feel like you need to – there are plenty of amazing options for a more affordable price tag.

Bright Green Shoes We Love
Bright green Bottega Veneta heeled slide sandals
Bottega Veneta

Lido Slide Sandal

At Nordstrom

Bright green strappy sandals

Le Ozzie Ankle Wrap Sandal

At Nordstrom

Green Prada Logo Slide Sandal

Logo Slide Sandal

At Nordstrom

15. Brown Shoes

Casual black midi dress with thigh slit and brown colored shoes
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Brown and tan shoes are the perfect choices when the dress code states “business casual.” They’re great if you’re going to an office event, or if you’re simply looking for an easy shoe color match with your black dress.

With this said, tan shoes can also add a touch of warmth to a black dress ensemble, which softens the starkness of black, and brings a balanced feel to the overall look. For this reason, they’re a great color option to wear with a black dress regardless of the season!

Brown & Tan Shoes We Love
Brown leather heeled sandals
Gia Borghini

Pernille Two-Strap Sandal

At Nordstrom

Gucci Interlocking G Cutout Slide Sandal

Interlocking G Cutout Slide Sandal

At Nordstrom

Brown lace up strappy heels

Maxima Heel

At Revolve

In conclusion, when it comes to choosing the best shoe colors to wear with a black dress, there are several options that can enhance your overall look and make a statement. Whether you prefer to go bold with vibrant red or embrace timeless elegance with crystal, or opt for the versatility of beige or the sophistication of tan, each color brings its own unique charm to the ensemble.

The key is to consider the occasion, your personal style, and the desired effect you want to achieve. At the end of the day, since black is a neutral color, it’s actually quite hard to create a look that would look incredibly out of place!

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