What Color Shoes Go With A White Dress?

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What color shoes go with a white dress? It might be a shorter answer if you were to ask – what color shoes don’t go with a white dress?

White is neutral, so it pretty much goes with almost every color under the rainbow. That said, the right shoe color for your white dress will depend on the style of dress, the occasion, and even the season.

Because it’s such a vague question that could apply to so many different dresses and situations, what we’re going to do is go over our favorite color shoes to wear with a white dress, what (and when) each color is best suited for and give you loads of shoe inspiration along the way.

So no matter the occasion – from a wedding to a prom, a picnic to a day at the beach, and everything in between, we have some great suggestions for you. So keep reading!


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What Color Shoes Go With a White Dress?

Most shoe colors will work with a white dress, and the color you choose can depend on the occasion and season. Here are 10 of our favorite options!


1. Black

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Black goes with literally everything, including white dresses. Black is so versatile, it can take you from the ballroom to the boardroom to the boardwalk.

You really can’t go wrong with black.

You really can’t go wrong with black.

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The style of shoe will, of course, depend on the occasion, but whatever it is, black shoes and a white dress can take you there in style.

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Over the Toe Strap Ankle Wrap Strap Heel Open Toe Medium Heel, Black,9
Over the Toe Strap Ankle Wrap Strap Heel Open Toe Medium Heel, Black,9
MEASUREMENTS: Heel 2.75”. Runs true to size
$23.21
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The Drop Women's Amelie Strappy Square Toe Heeled Sandal, Black, 10
The Drop Women's Amelie Strappy Square Toe Heeled Sandal, Black, 10
Staples by The Drop; Heel measures approximately 2.6" inches; Smooth faux leather; Padded footbed
$39.92 Amazon Prime
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Tommy Hilfiger Women's Bennia Flat Sandal, Black Ll, 7.5
Tommy Hilfiger Women's Bennia Flat Sandal, Black Ll, 7.5
Flat Sandal; Faux-leather upper.; Adjustable buckle at ankle.; Open-toe design with brand logo detail at instep.
$35.40 Amazon Prime

2. Nude

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Nudes are neutral and also pretty much go with every color. A nude shoe will fade into the background to let you and your dress shine.. and it also makes your legs look longer!

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Despite what they might call the color, a nude shoe is meant to match your skin tone. So the darker your skin, the darker ‘nude’ is for you.

So be it nude, camel or taupe, tan or brown, don’t get hung up on color names.

Choose a shoe that is close to your skin tone to get this neutral go-with-anything effect.

Cape Robbin Ada Strappy Pointy Open Toe Ankle Strap Stiletto Heel Sandals Beige (Nude, 8)
Cape Robbin Ada Strappy Pointy Open Toe Ankle Strap Stiletto Heel Sandals Beige (Nude, 8)
Man-Made, Vegan-Friendly Material; Heel Height: Approx. 4 Inches; Shoe Height: Approx. 7 Inches
DREAM PAIRS Women's SDHS2230W Square Toe High Stiletto Heels Open Toe Double Strap Dress Mules Sandals Nude Size 8 US
DREAM PAIRS Women's SDHS2230W Square Toe High Stiletto Heels Open Toe Double Strap Dress Mules Sandals Nude Size 8 US
Padded Insole: Thick memory foam latex insole for added support & comfort.; Classy & Elegant: Style your ensemble with these sandals for a timeless & polished look.

3. Brown

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Brown looks great with more casual white dresses. Pair them with a matching bag and accessories and you’re good to go.

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4. Gold

Gold shoes are much more often reserved for more formal occasions. White and gold go fantastically well together.

And because gold is a warm color, it will go just as well with a white dress, as an off-white, or ivory dress.

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5. Silver and Champagne

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Gold can be a little over-the-top. If you are looking for a little more reserved bling, champagne and silver both fit the bill.

Whereas silver is a cool color and is better suited to white dresses, if your dress is a little off-white, leaning more towards ivory, a shoe in a champagne color will look amazing.

Champagne can range anywhere between a peachy to rose gold and looks great with an off-white dress.

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6. White

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You can of course always wear white shoes with your white dress. But unless it’s your wedding, white shoes are best left for a spring & summer wardrobe.

However, white boots are a whole different story.

White has broken through the labor day weekend barrier and can be worn in fall and winter – as long as you style it properly for the season!

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Can You Wear Ivory Shoes With A White Dress?

You can wear anything you want to! That said, ivory shoes with a white dress are usually not the best combo because they will clash.

It’s as simple as that.

And vice versa, pairing really white shoes with an off-white dress will not only clash, but make your dress look dirty.

Ivory shoes with a white dress are usually not the best combo because they will clash.

If you want to match the shoes to the dress – go white with white, and ivory with ivory.


7. Clear

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Clear shoes are almost invisible, so they for sure go with a white dress. If you’ve been having trouble finding a nude shoe that’s the right color for you, go clear!

Problem solved.

Clear shoes have the same benefits as wearing nude shoes. They don’t distract from show-stopping dresses, and make the perfect accompaniment to a minimalist outfit.

They are also great at elongating the leg.

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Steve Madden Women's Isa Wedge Sandal, Clear, 9
Steve Madden Women's Isa Wedge Sandal, Clear, 9
Steve Madden; Contrast Wedge Sandal; Colorful Upper; Square Toe; Thick Double Strap Detail
Steve Madden Women's Clearer Dress Sandal, Clear, 7.5 M US
Steve Madden Women's Clearer Dress Sandal, Clear, 7.5 M US
Manmade; Imported; Clear man-made upper.; Ankle strap with buckle closure.; Open toe.
$79.95 Amazon Prime
Steve Madden Women's Lilah Heeled Sandal, Clear, 7
Steve Madden Women's Lilah Heeled Sandal, Clear, 7
Steve Madden; Heeled Slide Sandal; Thin Double Toe Straps; Square Open Toe; Angled Block Heel

8. Pastels

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Ideal for spring, pastels and a crisp white dress look amazing together.

Pastels are understated and won’t take away from the dress, but add just enough of a hint of contrast to be noticed.

While blush will go with both white and off-white dresses, cooler colors like light blue and mint are best suited for dresses that are pure white.

Pastel Shoe 1 Pastel Shoe 2 Pastel Shoe 3
Allegra K Women's Lace Up Strappy Heels Sky Blue Chunky High Heels Sandal 7 M US
Allegra K Women's Lace Up Strappy Heels Sky Blue Chunky High Heels Sandal 7 M US
Vamp: Faux Suede; Outsole: Rubber; Heel: ABS; Lace Up, Open Toe, Ankle Strappy, Chunky High Heels Sandal, Cushioned Footbed
$41.99 Amazon Prime
Soda Topic Open Toe Buckle Ankle Strap Espadrilles Flatform Wedge Casual Sandal (D-Mint Nbpu, us_footwear_size_system, adult, numeric, medium, 5.5)
Soda Topic Open Toe Buckle Ankle Strap Espadrilles Flatform Wedge Casual Sandal (D-Mint Nbpu, us_footwear_size_system, adult, numeric, medium, 5.5)
Man-Made Synthetic; Single wide foot strap; Adjustable buckle ankle strap; Woven espadrille outsole; White rubber tread sole
$39.99 Amazon Prime
Jessica Simpson womens Jessin Heeled Sandal, Blush Supreme Microsuede, 8.5 US
Jessica Simpson womens Jessin Heeled Sandal, Blush Supreme Microsuede, 8.5 US
Slip on; Elastic Strap; Flower detail; Item Package Weight: 2.0 pounds

9. Bright Colors

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Fushia, turquoise, coral, royal blue, and orange: these are all summer colors and do wonders for showing off a good tan. Shoes in fun pop of almost any bright, saturated color can be worn with a white dress in the summertime.

The only color we would advise against is yellow.

Yellow is a bit too close to white and your shoes won’t pop as much as any other bright color would.

When you have so many other color choices that look better, go for one of them. Yellow has its place, but not with a white dress.

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Here they are:

Allegra K Women's Crisscross Ankle Strap Hot Pink Block Heel Sandals 7 M US
Allegra K Women's Crisscross Ankle Strap Hot Pink Block Heel Sandals 7 M US
Vamp: Faux Suede; Outsole: Rubber; Heel: ABS; Occasion: Party, Office, Casual, Halloween days, Christmas Days, Dating, Evening
$40.99 Amazon Prime
The Drop Women's Amelie Strappy Square Toe Heeled Sandal, Ultramarine Green, 5
The Drop Women's Amelie Strappy Square Toe Heeled Sandal, Ultramarine Green, 5
Staples by The Drop; Heel measures approximately 2.6" inches; Smooth faux leather; Padded footbed
$49.90 Amazon Prime
DREAM PAIRS Women's Royal Blue Open Toe High Chunky Elastic Strap Dress Heel Sandals Size 11 US Victoria
DREAM PAIRS Women's Royal Blue Open Toe High Chunky Elastic Strap Dress Heel Sandals Size 11 US Victoria
Elastic strap is easy to put on and off, flexible and convenient.; Latex padded insole for added comfort.

10. Animal Print

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If you have a white sweater dress, combine it with ankle boots in an animal print.

Animal print can be a lot to take in if there’s too much of it. It’s best used in small doses – shoes are perfect for that!

Animal print can be a lot to take in if there’s too much of it. It’s best used in small doses – shoes are perfect for that!

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Conclusion

A white dress can go with pretty much any color of shoes.

The only thing you need to be mindful of is that if your dress is off-white, rather than pure white, it’s best to match it with warmer colors.

Written by Jacqueline Ames

Jackie is the resident fashion and nail design guru at Luxe Luminous. With a degree in Management and a deep-seated passion for the glamorous styles of the 50s and 60s, Jacqueline offers a unique fusion of business acumen and vintage fashion flair in her captivating articles.