What’s In A Shoe? Shoes To Wear With Dresses

So the look is all in the dress you wear but did you know that the shoes you style with it can change the look totally – for better or worse.  Here we show you the effect different types of shoes can have on your look.

Nude shoes

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Nude shoes are the fashion industry’s (and Kate Middy’s) secret weapon.  What they do is make legs look longer because they run into the leg shape.  It’s important to not select any with a strap across the front, which will cut the fluid line off.  We love these shoes particularly because the front is completely open, your leg will run right into them.  The heel itself will add height which will only be echoed by the colour and because of the large front wedge they will be quite supportive to walk in.

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It’s best to avoid shoes that are too clumpy because they add too much attention to the shoe instead of the leg.  In particular the cross over strap here will cut the leg off and make them look shorter.  Keep these shoes to peak out under a maxi dress or to add a feature to a cropped trouser.

Shiny shoes

Screen shot 2013-08-06 at 09.50.17Patent shoes will add a touch of dress-up to any look.  They are chic without being over the top.  Black is always the best way to work patent because they pretty much go with anything!  What’s more the shiny effect of the shoe also plays a cunning optical illusion and helps to elongate leg shape.

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Now we aren’t saying don’t buy the below shoe, actually you should because they are gorgeous, but take care in how you wear them.  If your dress is really detailed don’t team it with these beauties as the whole look will be quite fussy and busy.  Instead keep these shoes for when your dress is quite minimal and when you don’t mind attention being diverted to your feet.

Flat shoes

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If heels aren’t your thing than there are some lovely flats you can invest to achieve an elegant look.  When shopping for flat shoes the ballerina is always the fashionistas go to.  Right on trend now is metallic shoes, which have the benefit of adding a touch of sparkle (and party!) to any look.  Keep the shoe features minimal, a small bow only, to keep the look polished and chic.

Screen shot 2013-08-06 at 09.50.35Try to avoid loafers with a dressed up look because they are known for being quite casual and will not be suitable for any dressed up occasion.  Because of the masculinity of the shoe they are much better suited to trousers and look just wonderful with a rolled up peg leg.

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