To look your finest, you have to combine the best outfit with the right pair of shoes. And when it comes to footwear, there is no shortage of selection. Finding the right pair of shoes can be a bit overwhelming especially with all the options to choose from and different shoe styles to consider.
This guide will help you step up your style with the right kicks. By the end, you’ll know all about shoes and be able to pair them perfectly with any fashion style.
Why Our Shoes Matter
Shoes have significant importance in bringing out the best features of an outfit and making it stand out more. The right combination of shoes to outfit can elevate your entire look and lets people know you’ve got style.
What SHOE-uld you wear?
Generally, you should go for comfort over style with any footwear. Still, fashion is important so finding a good balance is always ideal. To pick the right pair, you need to keep in mind these 3 important criteria.
Shoes for the Right Environment
When we talk about the environment in this context, we don’t just mean the weather, though the climate you’re in does affect the kind of shoes you wear. Here, we talk about the environment as the situation, surroundings, and place you’re in. Basically, all physical and social conditions influence the shoe styles you decide to pick.
We should all know that we need to wear the appropriate outfit and shoes depending on the situation. Whether it’s high heels for work, a classic pair of sneakers on your days off, or stylish and comfortable sandals when you’re out casually. There’s a time and a place for every kind of shoe. Know the environment you’re going into ahead of time and you’ll find it easier to pick the right shoes.
The big question that most of us ask is “What color suits this outfit best?” The honest answer to that depends on your personal preference but as an aesthetic rule to keep in mind, choose between either matching or contrasting colors. To be specific, you need to decide whether you want the color of your shoes to match the outfit’s color and theme, or pick a color that makes the outfit or shoe completely stand out. For example, pairing a stylish white jacket and a black skirt with black boots highlights the bright colors of the outfit. The same applies when you wear a beautiful velvet dress with heels that are a slightly different shade of red. Combinations like these really bring your entire outfit together.
Balance of Effectiveness and Comfort
Choosing the right shoes with any outfit means you have to balance effectiveness and comfort with beauty and style. As comfy as it sounds, most people just can’t wear their coziest pair of sneakers to every occasion. I did mention that you should lean more towards comfort over style when picking footwear but that doesn’t mean you should overlook the aesthetics of your shoes. Knowing what works well and looks good at the same time is key to choosing the right shoes.
If you’re going out casually, a simple pair of white wedges would look perfect with a petal skirt when you’re out in the summer. During colder months you can try on brown booties to go along with a classic pair of jeans to keep you warm while looking cool.
As you can see, if you simplify your method of picking your pair of shoes, it makes the choice much easier.
Know the environment, the place you’re in and find what fits appropriately. Choose your preferred color combination from complementing either your outfit or highlighting your shoes, or letting similar colors blend well together. And always remember to balance the effectiveness of your shoes to the aesthetic appeal it brings.
If you follow this method, you’ll know all about shoes and become confident in picking the right pair for any outfit.
How has your journey of picking the right pair of shoes been? We’d love to hear about your experience with matching shoes to outfits.