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By Caitlin Burnett
While dresses are synonymous with summer, navigating the footwear pairings can be a bit of a challenge (especially after months of wearing nothing but house slippers). Depending on the length, color, and fabric of your dress, certain shoe choices can just feel a bit off.
Thankfully there are a few foolproof styles that take the leg work out of outfit planning—no pun intended. Not only are these shoe styles versatile, but they’re also virtually trend-proof and will be on your summer rotation for years to come, making them smart investments you’ll wear over and over again. Whether you’re opting for a mini, midi, or maxi dress, these four shoe styles are guaranteed to look chic.
It doesn’t get more classic than a white sneaker for summer, and pairing them with your favorite dress provides an unexpected twist to your outfit. They’re the ultimate comfort shoe, allowing you to run around all day without worrying about blisters or sore soles. Plus they’re the perfect shoe for when the beach has destroyed your pedicure and you’re overdue for a new one.
Slide sandals will always be in style, but the past few seasons they’ve been especially trendy. Sleek leather versions offer instant outfit elevation, providing sophisticated minimalism to any dress. They perfectly complement a solid dress, but look equally chic with a printed one by allowing your dress to command all of the attention. And again, comfort is key and leather slides are as foot-friendly as sandals get.
If you’re looking for a bit more polish or to dress up a bit, opt for a mule sandal with a heel. Whether it’s a low block heel or slimmer stiletto, the backless silhouette offers a sleek look that also elongates your legs. This is the perfect shoe for a date night, evening out with friends, or the special event you have coming up on your calendar. They pair well with dresses of all lengths, so go ahead and throw them on with your favorite minis, midis, and maxis all summer.
High-saturation hues are trending hard and this shoe style infuses a breath of fun into your look. While neutrals are always a safe choice, bold colors are infinitely more exciting for the summer season. Pair a bold colored shoe with your favorite white dress for a pop of color, or juxtapose two bright colors together for an eye-catching pairing. Plus a bright colored sandal will really show off your fresh tan.