It may be August, but if the weather here in New York is any indication we have a lot of summer days still ahead of us! Hot and humid weather calls for breezy, lightweight dresses that you can just throw on and effortlessly wear. I love how pairing different shoes can completely change the look of an outfit (or dare I say, take an outfit from day to night like Cosmo always said!) so today I’m rounding up my favorite shoe styles to pair with summer dresses. I find that these are the shoes I reach for most often in the summer, plus many of them are versatile and can pair with many different outfits!
WHAT SHOES TO WEAR WITH SUMMER DRESSES
1. Brown Slides
These are probably my most worn pair of shoes this summer, a true workhorse! I own these flat sandals in a few different colors (including black and white) and find they go with just about every dress – from mini to maxi dresses. They’re also super packable so I almost always pack them for summer travels. These are another great option that come in a variety of colors.
I love these nude strappy sandals with a block heel, they’re a great (and comfortable) option for a wedding or other fancier event. They look great with midi dresses.
These shoes are so fun and add a little something extra to every outfit! I think the gold is great to wear with summer dresses, but they come in a variety of metallic colors. One of my favorite shoes to wear! Also available here.
Natural/woven sandals add such lovely texture to summer dresses, I particularly love this braided pair. These woven slides are also fun if you don’t want a heel.
I can’t resist a fabulous and fun pair of heels! I love the look of these platform heels and I like the security of the ankle straps. This pair has been on rotation for me all summer and they’re on super sale!
6. Ballet Flats
You can’t go wrong with a classic pair of ballet flats. These elevate the look of any summer dress and are comfortable to walk around in all day long. These satin ballet flats in hot pink are also a fun option and so are these woven ballet flats.
For a casual and laid back look, white sneakers are cute to wear with a sundress. I also love these Superga sneakers for the summer.
11 Summer Dress Outfits
If you need a little inspiration, here are some outfit ideas to help you find the perfect pairings!
1. Metallic mules and midi dress
2. White slides and maxi dress
3. Ballet flats, dress and jacket
Ballet flats add such a polished look to this eyelet dress and tweed jacket look! I’m wearing Chanel flats here, but if you aren’t ready to make the investment this gold pair from Margaux are a great option.
4. Woven sandals and midi dress
5. Platform heels and mini dress
Talk about a party shoe! I can’t get enough of these fun platform heels I wore to my sister’s colorful bachelorette party. I lasted in them all evening – snag them while they’re on sale. This option or this option would be so great for a bride!
6. Brown slides and sundress
7. Metallic mules and floral dress
I’ve gotten so much wear out of these super cute stylist approved shoes. love these pleated gold mules paired with a flirty floral dress.
8. Platform heels and long sleeve dress
I love that I can wear platform heel sandals through summer and into early fall. These shoes would also look great with a long sleeve midi dress as temperatures get cooler.
9. Ballet flats and mini dress
10. White sneakers and smocked dress
11. Metallic mules and long sleeve dress
These gold heels add a touch of whimsy to this long sleeve dress, they’re a great transitional shoe for summer into early fall and the gold pairs with so much! I thought these would end up being a purely special occasion shoe but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by how versatile they are.