A Chic Woman’s Guide to Shoes

A Chic Woman's Guide to Shoes

A Chic Woman's Guide to Shoes

Your choice in women’s shoes can speak volumes. Whether you’re going to a formal gala or hitting the gym, the right pair of shoes can simultaneously pull together an otherwise blah-outfit, while creating a chic, classy appearance. Here’s a list that will give you tips on expressing your personal style- through your footwear!

Dare to Wear Brights
A dramatic hue can liven up a look instantly, and that includes outfits in colors other than denim and black! Try wearing vibrant shoes with khaki, pastels, and white. A scarlet red dress, however, warrants neutral footwear.

Takera Elena Coral Leather at DesignerShoes.com

Elena by Takera is a High Heel Dressy Pump

Choose One Attention Getter
A good rule of thumb is to keep your shoes toned down if you’re wearing a flamboyant gown, but if your look is more modest, an eye-catching shoe (something like this pair would certainly qualify!) adds excitement.

Montaege Talani Black w. Crystals at DesignerShoes.com

Talani by Montaege is a High Heel Dressy Sandal

Dress for the Occasion
Flats can be too casual for a cocktail party, while peep-toe sandals may be too risqué for a more conservative gala. Keep your sneakers relegated to gym clothes or casual jeans. When in doubt, you can’ go wrong with a classic black pump like this pair.

Naturalizer Lennox Black Shiny at DesignerShoes.com

Lennox by Naturalizer is a High Heel Dressy

Going Outdoors? Say No to Stilettos
Not only will you ruin your shoes, but it will be decidedly ungraceful to try and walk when your heels keep sinking into the ground. Flats will work with a more casual look, but if you want height, wedges are ideal.

Sofft Tremblay Twine Tan at DesignerShoes.com

Tremblay by Sofft is a High Heel Casual Sandal

Leave an Impression
While a bow-emblazoned kitten heel veers more toward cute, a spindly stiletto sandal is all about looking sexy. Decide what look you want to capture, and work it.

Special Occasions Valentina Black at DesignerShoes.com

Valentina by Special Occasions is a High Heel Dressy Sandal

There is a Time and Place for Sultry Stilettos
Nighttime is the best time for eye-catching shoes. If you still want to rock a killer look throughout the day, choose a closed or peep-toe pump.

Ellie Brande Red W Black at DesignerShoes.com

Brande by Ellie is a High Heel Dressy Pump

Couple Sky-High Shoes with Tame Hemlines
When going for major air, keep your hemlines at an inch above the knee. But when wearing a short skirt or dress, wear a lower heel or flat — it will balance you out and keep you from showing altogether too much leg.

Sofft Reiko Black at DesignerShoes.com

Reiko by Sofft is a High Heel Dressy Bootie

Pair Flats with Neatly Hemmed Clothes
If your clothing isn’t tailored, you’ll run the risk of looking unkempt. A pant leg should fall at or above the ankle, while skirts or dresses should halt above the knee.

Annie Sally Black at DesignerShoes.com

Sally by Annie is a Low Heel Dressy Flat

Look Pretty and Poised
Shoes are all about balance- and I’m not talking about the kind you need to walk! Thicker-heeled shoes create frightfully layered look, while more delicate heels could look off balance. The same is true vice-versa. Pair a dainty outfit with a thinly-strapped sandal for a cute match!

Dyeables Riley Gold Snake at DesignerShoes.com

Riley by Dyeables is a High Heel Dressy Sandal

Polish Your Look with Boots
Boots can give you a rugged country look, an equestrian vibe, or a trendy, urban charm; they allow you to get wear out of your lighter dresses and skirts when it’s cold. Try picking a pair that’s fitted around your leg but not so tight that your skin bulges out from the top. There shouldn’t be more than a half inch of space between your leg and your boot.

Annie Ellie Brown Croco at DesignerShoes.com

Ellie by Annie is a Low Heel Casual Boot

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Sofft Reiko Caramel Suede at AskTheShoeLady.com

Reiko by Sofft is a High Heel Dressy Bootie

I just love this shoe! Had to post it!

What shoes to pair with a cocktail dress?

Q: i’m going to a wedding in july, bought the dress its terani style 35056C short to the knee cocktail dress in solid black with gold boatneck appliqued bodice all around neckline detail. What color of shoe and style would best fit that type of dress? thanks GIGI

A: Dear Gigi!
I do love a wedding! You don’t tell us where the wedding will be? Beach? NYC hotel? But just going with your description, I’m feeling a real Greek vibe. And what better way to show off that Greek look that some strappy gold sandals.

Sofft Ravenna Gold at DesignerShoes.com

Ravenna by Sofft is a Low Heel Dressy Sandal

The Ravenna by Sofft is a gladiator style (Greek/ Roman – close enough) sandal with a low heel.

Touch Ups Aphrodite Gold at DesignerShoes.com

Aphrodite by Touch Ups is a High Heel Dressy Sandal

The Aphrodite by Touch Ups takes the higher heel approach.

Want more choices? Here are 70 different versions of a gold sandal:

Have fun!
The Shoe Lady

Best Colors – Shoes for Spring!

Dear Shoe Lady,

That’s it, I’m ready for Spring!!! What are the hottest trends you’re seeing so far for the season? I just bought the pair below but it’s not enough to complete my spring wardrobe!

Colette from Houston

Hi Colette,

I’m looking forward to Spring myself! In terms of trends, I’m seeing a lot of citrus colors — yellows and oranges. Here are two of my favorites:


What I love about these pumps from Sofft is that they can be worn anywhere: at work, at night, or on the weekend.

This yellow flat from Aerosoles is such a lovely color, and it looks very comfortable. I like that it has a small heel, which should keep your feet pain-free all day at work.

Valentine’s Day Shoes

Dear Shoe Lady,

I’ve been married for over 10 years but I really want to spice things up this Valentine’s Day!! I already have the perfect dress — it’s a classic LBD — so can you recommend perfect red shoes?

Happy V-Day!


It’s hard to go wrong when you have a Little Black Dress to work with, but I’d love to recommend some of my favorite vibrant reds pairs. That being said, I’m not sure if you’re looking for high heels or not, so I’ve included a pair of flats I like as well.

ellie-brande-red-w-black DesignerShoes.com

ellie-brande-red-w-black DesignerShoes.com

sofft-gabriela-red-patent-2 DesignerShoes.com

sofft-gabriela-red-patent-2 DesignerShoes.com

trotters-carin-dk-red DesignerShoes.com

trotters-carin-dk-red DesignerShoes.com