It is common for people to have dilemmas every now and then. They might involve finding gift ideas for expecting couples or matching the right shoes to your clothes. Shoes can make or break any outfit, so there is nothing worse than being all dressed up and having no idea which ones to wear.
If you need some help in this area don’t worry because this article provides 6 tips for choosing the right shoes for your outfit.
Start by Googling what type of shoes are appropriate for the clothes you are wearing. You can also read fashion blogs or watch YouTube videos to see how other similar people are dressed. If you check out Pinterest and Instagram you will be able to see loads of photos that can inspire your shoe choices. Specialist websites can help you learn about the different types of shoes and have all the 2022 styles explained. It is also possible to learn about the history and origins of the shoe, plus their materials and various parts.
Online Shopping Tips
Here are some suggestions to help you:
- Use price comparison websites to compare prices for products across a range of different retailers, and to find the best deals.
- Read reviews beforehand, ideally from people with a similar body type or size as you.
- Look for discounts and sales.
- Sign up for newsletters from your favorite retailers or follow them on social media.
Consider The Occasion And Dress Code
If it is a formal event, you will want to steer clear of sneakers or anything too casual. For a night out with friends, you can experiment more with different styles.
Here are some further tips:
- A job interview: Closed-toe shoes in a neutral color like black, brown, or navy
- Office work: Flats, pumps, or loafers
- A wedding: Heels or dressy flats
- Funeral: dark, closed-toed shoes
- Outdoor activities and sports: Tennis shoes or cleats, depending on the activity
Think About The Color And Patterns
Color is probably the most important factor to consider when buying or wearing shoes. Wearing something that clashes with the rest of your outfit is a fashion no-no. They should either match or complement the rest of your clothes. If you are unsure of what color shoe to go with, take cues from your clothing. For example, if you are wearing a black dress, opt for black heels. Wearing a red dress? Try nude pumps or red flats. If you are still in doubt, remember that neutrals like black, brown, and nude will never steer you wrong.
If you are wearing a dress or pants with a busy print, it is best to keep your shoes simple. A solid color or basic black or white shoe will help avoid clashing patterns. If you are wearing a monochromatic outfit, however, feel free to experiment with different colors and textures of shoes. Wearing all black? Try a pair of velvet heels or patent leather flats. All white? Go for some espadrille wedges or strappy sandals.
Think About Comfort And Get A Second Opinion
Just because a pair of shoes looks amazing (to you and others) doesn’t mean they will feel amazing. If you are going to be standing in them for long periods of time, make sure they are comfortable! The last thing you’d want is to be miserable at your friend’s wedding because your feet hurt. Here are a few things to keep in mind:
- Get your shoes fitted. This is especially important if you have wide or narrow feet.
- Try them on with the type of socks or tights you will be wearing.
- Walk around in them for a bit to see how they feel.
If you are unsure at any stage, ask a friend or family member for their opinion. This may involve them coming shopping with you or visiting your house if you are buying online. Let them see the outfit and shoes together so they have the full picture, and encourage them to be honest. Make sure this person has good fashion sense but if you can’t find anyone suitable, go to a store and ask the shop assistant for their input.
Keep The Season In Mind
This is not just about fashion and what’s currently ‘in’ – it is also a very practical consideration. You wouldn’t want to wear boots in the middle of summer, or sandals in the dead of winter (unless you are lucky enough to live in a warm climate all year round). Wear closed-toe shoes in the winter to keep your feet warm and in the summer, open-toed shoes to keep them cool. If you have a lot of sundresses, you might want to invest in a pair or two of cute strappy sandals.
Here are some more seasonal tips for buying and wearing shoes:
- Rain boots are a must in the springtime when rain showers are frequent
- Fall is the perfect time to break out your cute ankle boots.
- Autumn and winter: booties, knee-high boots, over-the-knee boots
- Spring and summer: wedges, espadrilles, slides
Think About Your Bag And Belt
If you’re carrying a black purse, your shoes should probably also be black. If you are carrying a brown bag, your shoes should match that as well. The same goes for any other color combination because you don’t want to have a mismatched look. If you do, it will make you appear like you didn’t put any thought into your outfit.
Having said that, there is a measure of wiggle room. If you are carrying a black handbag, you could add a pop of color with red or blue shoes. Just make sure that the colors complement each other and don’t clash. The same principle applies if you are wearing a belt with your outfit. Once again, the goal is to have a cohesive look.
No doubt these 6 tips have inspired you to do some more research. By shopping wisely you will end up with the perfect outfit/shoe combination. You will be comfortable, and look as stylish as the circumstances require. Not only will you be admired by others, but you may have saved some money in the process.