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What Shoes To Wear With Summer Dresses

Jun 12,2024

Summer shoe guide, perfect pairings with summer dresses blog cover image with model posing in black bow detail sandals sitting on a chair with a black midi dress

Is it really summer without a wardrobe full of summer dresses?  A dress is the ultimate choice for an effortless outfit during the warmer seasons, for both casual days out and evening plans. All you have to do is choose what shoes to wear with it. 

Since this decision can sometimes be harder than expected, we’ve done the work for you and put together the perfect shoe pairings to go with all types of summer dresses.   

Maxi dresses and flat sandals are a winning combination for your holiday style, whilst midi dresses pair well with platform sandals. Keep a mini dress casual with sliders or elevate it with a pair of heeled wedges. Having a selection that includes all these types of shoes will guarantee you have a pair for any outfit and occasion.  

So, whichever dresses are taking up your summer wardrobe this year, we’ve got the shoes to match. Plus, these options are versatile and can be worn with plenty of summer outfits, if dresses aren’t your thing.   

Read on for our perfect pairings and top tips to keep your look trendy and stylish. 

Neutral sandals 

If you’re a neutral girl, beige and browns can be worn all year round. For a full neutral outfit, mix and match different tones with a pair of tan brown sandals styled with a neutral dress. Complete the look with a lighter beige bag.  

Product collage with model posing in a brown and white floral midi dress and brown cross strap sandals
Shop the look: Floral print tiered maxi dress + Faux leather criss cross sandals

Metallic wedges

 After an elevated look? Opt for metallic gold wedges to bring a touch of glam to a black occasion dress.  Accessorize with matching gold jewellery and a bold red lip to tie the look together.  

Product collage with model posing in a black jacquard puff sleeve dress and metallic gold wedges
Shop the look: Jacquard puff sleeve smock dress + Metallic knot front wedges

Heeled sandals

Florals are bound to be in your summer wardrobe and for a bold printed dress, your reliable choice of shoes will be a pair of white strappy heeled sandals. Match your shoes with a white bag, so the florals stay as the main statement of the outfit.   

Product collage with model posing in a pink floral mini dress and white block heeled sandals
Shop the look: Pink floral mini dress + White heeled sandals

White sandals

Having a staple linen dress in your summer rotation is essential for a look you can dress up or down. For keeping it casual, go for a pair of flat cross strap white sandals that will go with any colour dress.   

Product collage with model posing in a sage green midi dress and white flat cross strap sandals
Shop the look: Sage bandeau midi dress + White cross strap sandals

Flatform wedges

When it comes to timeless monochrome gingham, make your look more summery with a pair of open platform wedges. Add a pop of colour with your accessories to liven up your outfit.    

Product collage with model posing in a black and white gingham midi dress and black bow detail sandals
Shop the look: Gingham midi dress + Bow detail flatform wedges

Detailed sandals

Wondering what to wear your beach cover up dress with? Some stylish sandals will elevate your beach look whilst keeping you comfortable. Match your dress with a beach bag and your favourite sunnies.    

Product collage with model posing in a white strappy crochet maxi dress and gold buckle detail sandals
Shop the look: Crochet maxi dress + Gold buckle detail sandals

Heeled mules

You’re bound to have a white dress in your summer rotation, and it’s the perfect opportunity to use your shoes to add a pop of colour. We’d opt for a pair of coloured mules to make a statement, complete with a matching coloured bag.  

Product collage with model posing in a white lace belted shirt mini dress and blue denim look mule heels
Shop the look: White lace belted shirt dress + Blue heeled mules

Woven espadrilles

An effortless pair of slip-on shoes are ideal pair for when you just want to get ready and go. Level up a standard pair of sandals with some flatform woven espadrille sandals styled with a midi dress.   

Product collage with model posing in a sage and white printed frill midi dress and beige woven espadrilles sandals
Shop the look: Frill wrap midi dress + Flatform woven espadrille sandals

Buckle sliders

For your casual shoe wardrobe, buckle strap sliders are on trend and at the top of our list. Whether it’s a black pair to go with everything or nude pair for a neutral outfit, wear them with a cute smock dress for your daytime outfit or with your swimwear for poolside style.  

Product collage with model posing in a black long sleeve smock dress and black buckle detail sliders
Shop the look: Black smock dress + Buckle detail sliders

Flatform sandals

Flatform sandals are an essential for your holiday shoes collection. They’re perfect for when you’re after a bit of height but you don’t want to wear heels. For styling, a mini dress is the perfect way to elevate them.   

Product collage with model posing in a beige lace detail long sleeve mini dress and cream platform sandals
Shop the look: Lace detail mini dress + Flatform sandals

Mule sandals

If you’re dressing up for the evening, low mules are perfect to add a little something extra to an outfit. The ultimate in between of sandals and heels, these shoes go with maxi dresses, midi’s and mini’s, that’s why they’re such a summer staple.  

Product collage with model posing in a long sleeve beige sheer midi dress and tan mules
Shop the look: Knitted maxi dress + Low block mules

Canvas trainers

You can’t go wrong with a denim dress during summer and for shoe choice, a pair of converse trainers makes it the perfect cute and casual outfit. But if you’re looking to dress it up, a pair of white heels will be a winner.  

Product collage with model posing in a blue denim mini dress and white canvas high top trainers
Shop the look: Tie waist denim dress + Canvas high top trainers

Find our range of women's summer shoes collection here.

From the In The Style Team x