18 Outfits: What Color Shoes to Wear with a White Dress

A white dress serves as the foundation for an outfit, offering versatility and endless styling possibilities. However, determining what color shoes to wear with a white dress can sometimes be difficult.

To assist in this decision-making process, we have analyzed various white dresses and categorized them into five distinct styles. For each style, we have created outfits that showcase different designs and color combinations, accompanied by carefully chosen footwear options.

Our goal is to provide readers with a deeper insight into the aesthetic considerations behind each outfit. Whether you seek a classic and timeless look, a bold and vibrant statement, or a delicate and feminine touch, our exploration of color and design combinations will serve as a valuable resource in achieving your desired personal style.

First, we will focus on selecting a shoe color that aligns with the desired image you want to project and then we will move on to outfit examples.

What color shoes to wear for different looks with a white dress?

The classic choice is to go for neutral tones like nude or beige, as they effortlessly blend with the crispness of white. These shades create an elegant and refined look that works well for various occasions.

For a pop of color, you can opt for vibrant hues such as red, cobalt blue, or yellow to make a bold statement. These contrasting colors add a touch of playfulness and can be particularly eye-catching against the clean canvas of a white dress.

If you prefer a more subdued approach, pastel shades like blush pink, soft lavender, or mint green can create a delicate and feminine look. These colors offer a subtle contrast without overpowering the simplicity of a white dress.

Metallic tones such as silver, gold, or rose gold can also be a great choice. They would add a touch of glamour and sophistication to your overall look.

What shoes go with a white sweater dress?

White knee boots

In this outfit, we have paired a white sweater dress with knee-high leather boots (suede boots can be a great alternative). The combination of a long dress and heeled boots creates the illusion of added height.

To accentuate the dress’s embellishments, we have selected complementary colors to enhance the overall ensemble. Adding a burgundy long coat adds a touch of visual interest and depth to the outfit. For the finishing touch, we recommend a blue or yellow handbag to complete the look with a pop of color.

By harmonizing the elements of the dress, boots, coat, and handbag, this ensemble creates a cohesive and stylish statement.

  1. Alaïa: Oversized Wool and Cashmere Coat
  2. Gabriela Hearst: Juana Embellished Cashmere Maxi Dress
  3. Bottega Veneta: Veneta Leather Knee Boots

Burgundy croc-effect knee boots

For the second outfit, we chose a midi dress with puffed sleeves and a defined waist in a pointelle-knit style. The dress has a V-neckline which accentuates the feminine silhouette. To create the illusion of a longer body, we paired the dress with burgundy croc-effect heeled knee boots.

To complement the overall aesthetic, we chose a tote bag in soft blue and gray shades. The subtle color combination adds a gentle contrast while maintaining a cohesive and refined look. This ensemble combines femininity, comfort, and modern style, making it perfect for both casual and semi-formal occasions.

  1. Dior: Medium Book Tote
  2. Dôen: Rosie Pointelle-Knit Alpaca and Silk Midi Dress
  3. Paris Texas: Croc-Effect Leather Knee Boots

What color shoes to wear with a white shirt dress?

White sneakers with dark gray embellishments

For a practical and stylish look, we chose a white shirt dress with a classic cut and a thin waist-defining belt. This versatile piece effortlessly combines comfort and sophistication. To complete the ensemble, we paired it with an orange backpack featuring black accents, adding a pop of color and a touch of playfulness.

To create a cohesive and harmonious look, we selected white sneakers with dark silver details. The black accents on the backpack and the dark silver elements on the sneakers blend seamlessly, creating a cohesive visual appeal. The monochrome base of the dress and sneakers beautifully contrasts with the vibrant orange of the backpack, which is adorned with logos for added visual interest.

This outfit exudes a sense of practicality and effortless style, making it ideal for various casual occasions. Whether you are running errands or meeting friends, this combination strikes the perfect balance between fashion and functionality.

  1. MCM: Aren Backpack in Visetos
  2. Jil Sander: Belted Cotton Midi Shirt Dress
  3. Alexander McQueen: Metallic-Trimmed Leather Exaggerated-Sole Sneakers

Black glittered sneakers

In this ensemble, we aimed to highlight the pairing of a white shirt dress with black shoes.

To add depth and visual interest to the outfit, we incorporated broderie details on the dress with glittered sneakers. These elements elevate the overall aesthetic and create multi-dimensional textures.

For accessories, we opted for black sunglasses to complement the black shoes and maintain a cohesive color scheme. To avoid introducing an additional contrasting element to the black-and-white palette, we suggest choosing other accessories in a less vibrant color, such as light green or yellow. This subtle pop of color will harmonize with the outfit, enhancing its overall appeal.

The combination of the white dress, black shoes, and carefully selected accessories creates a stylish and balanced ensemble that is both versatile and on-trend.

  1. Valentino: Broderie Anglaise Cotton Mini Shirt Dress
  2. Loewe: Cat-Eye Sunglasses
  3. Alexander McQueen: Glittered Leather Exaggerated-Sole Sneakers

White strappy sandals

In this ensemble, the focal point is the timeless classic cut shirt dress, featuring a defined waist, V-shaped collar, and short sleeves. To enhance the elegant and feminine aesthetic, we selected white strappy sandals as the foundation of the outfit.

For accessories, we aimed to complement the overall look with delicate touches. A silk neck scarf in shades of pink and blue, with subtle yellow accents, adds a sophisticated and stylish element. To harmonize with the ensemble, a soft beige or yellow handbag would be an ideal choice.

To adorn your wrists, we recommend a bracelet or ring in gold with blue or pink stones, which beautifully complements the color palette of the outfit. Alternatively, a subtle touch of green in the accessories would add a refreshing and complementary accent.

This outfit is versatile and suitable for various occasions, whether it’s brunch, a casual gathering with friends, or a romantic date.

  1. Cartier: Panther Jungle Motif Square Silk Scarf
  2. Alexander McQueen: Cotton-Poplin Midi Shirt Dress
  3. Manolo Blahnik: Callasli 90 Leather Slingback Sandals

Black strappy mules

In this ensemble, the color palette revolves around a white shirt dress paired with black strappy mules and a black handbag. The visual aesthetics of the outfit are enhanced by the intricate broderie details on the dress and the metallic handbag adorned with white beads.

To complement the overall cold color palette, we recommend incorporating soft cool shades into the accessories. A silk scarf in shades of blue or purple would add an elegant touch, enhancing the visual appeal of the ensemble. Similarly, jewelry in these cool tones would harmonize beautifully with the outfit, adding depth and sophistication.

This carefully curated combination of colors and elements creates a cohesive and visually pleasing look. It’s an ensemble that exudes effortless style and can be worn for various occasions.

  1. Paco Rabanne: 1969 Beads Embellished Bag
  2. Paco Rabanne: Broderie Anglaise Cotton Midi Shirt Dress
  3. Saint Laurent: Tribute Woven Black Leather Mules

What shoes go with a white summer dress?

Beige leather mules

For a refreshing summer look, we have curated an ensemble with a soft color palette consisting of a white dress and beige accessories.

The linen mini dress adds dimension with its V-neckline, plum skirt, puffed sleeves, and lace-up detailing, creating a chic silhouette. To complete the outfit, we have chosen a braided leather handbag and matching mules that harmoniously blend with the overall aesthetic. To add summer playfulness, opt for sunglasses and jewelry in vibrant shades such as yellow, green, or blue.

This outfit is perfect for a beach resort getaway. Whether you are strolling along the shoreline or enjoying a seaside lunch, this ensemble will keep you looking effortlessly put together.

  1. Oroton: Geo Ric Rac Linen and Lace Midi Dress
  2. Bottega Veneta: Kalimero Bucket Bag
  3. Bottega Veneta: Lido Intrecciato Leather Mules

Beige raffia mules

For this ensemble, we have opted for a cohesive color palette featuring a white dress and complementing beige shoes.

The lightweight silk-blend short dress exudes a sense of the effortless look, while the addition of a raffia sunhat adds a touch of natural elegance. The nude shoes tie the look together seamlessly, creating a harmonious and stylish summer mood.

  1. Rebecca Vallance: Julieta Belted Guipure Lace-Trimmed Silk-Blend Mini Dress
  2. Erdem: Floral-Print Cotton-Trimmed Raffia Sunhat
  3. Bottega Veneta: Intrecciato Raffia Mules

Black leather mules

For a dynamic summer look, we have paired a short sporty-style white dress with black accessories, including a flower-decorated tote bag and black shoes. The contrasting elements create a visually appealing ensemble.

To infuse a touch of summer lightness, opt for accessories in softer shades, inspired by the floral accents of the handbag. Explore options in green, blue, red, or yellow hues.

If you don’t want to wear black shoes in summer, you could try brown, yellow or pink shoes as an option. Coordinate the handbag in similar shades accordingly, ensuring a harmonious balance.

  1. Balmain: Pleated Knitted Midi Dress
  2. Louis Vuitton: Flowers-Embellished OnTheGo MM Bag
  3. Gucci Horsebit-Embellished Leather Mules

Brown pumps

The combination of brown shoes with a white dress exudes sophistication and timelessness. To achieve this elegant look, we selected a white dress in a warmer shade and complemented it with accessories in various brown undertones. The ensemble features sunglasses in a darker shade, as well as beige and brown shoes.

It’s worth noting that combining clothing and accessories in similar colors can create a cohesive and harmonious outfit. Opt for shades within the same color family, but vary the tones slightly to add depth and visual interest to the overall look.

To further enhance the ensemble, consider incorporating green accessories such as jewelry, a silk scarf, or a hair accessory. These touches of green beautifully complement the brown elements of the outfit, adding a fresh and vibrant touch.

  1. Rime Arodaky: Oia Open-Back Broderie Anglaise Cotton Mini Dress
  2. Jacques Marie Mage: All These Nights Cat-Eye Sunglasses
  3. Gucci: Blondie Embellished Leather-Trimmed Coated-Canvas Pumps

Gold shoes

This style with an off-shoulder white dress with puffy sleeves combines femininity and trendiness, making it a versatile piece for various occasions, from brunches to outdoor events.

Pairing the dress with a patterned ivory handbag adorned with blue and gold details adds an element of visual interest. For the footwear, we opted for gold shoes to create a cohesive and harmonious summer ensemble in warm colors. Alternatively, blue shoes would also be a great choice.

  1. Cult Gaia: Simona Off-Shoulder Ruffled Jacquard Midi Dress
  2. Serapian: 1928 Off-White Mosaico Bag
  3. Aquazzura: Sundance Metallic Leather Slides

What color shoes to wear with a white dress for a special occasion?

Black leather mules

This example showcases how the combination of white dresses and black accessories can create a refined look, especially for special occasions.

The ensemble brings together the elements of the black handbag adorned with golden details and the quilted leather black shoes.

To further enhance the ensemble, we suggest incorporating additional tones that complement the established base. A silk scarf in shades of blue and red can add a touch of vibrancy. Red lipstick and golden jewelry, such as earrings or a bracelet, would also be great additions.

  1. Elie Saab: Appliquéd Cotton-Blend Tulle Maxi Dress
  2. Givenchy: Medium 4G Quilted Leather Bag
  3. Bottega Veneta: Quilted Leather Mules

White shoes

In this ensemble, we combined a sleeveless white dress with a classic silhouette, complemented by white shoes. We selected monochrome accessories for the dress with a small floral print. The red handbag and white shoes made from satin fabric add elegance to the entire look.

Alternatively, you can choose yellow or green shoes to create a different outfit that complements the dress’s floral design.

  1. Lanvin: Concerto PM Burgundy Bag
  2. Adam Lippes: Floral-Print Cotton-Blend Midi Dress
  3. Jimmy Choo: Rommy 100 mm Satin Pumps

Gold sandals

This outfit features a white dress with a prominent, lively green floral pattern. Our accessory selection includes a woven clutch and a pair of shoes with a golden tone, which complements the dress and adds a bit of sophistication. As an alternative, opt for purple shoes, as they create a visually interesting contrast with the green color.

To further enhance the outfit, subtle red accessories like earrings or a bracelet would be the perfect choice. These luxurious accents will add a hint of richness and elevate the overall aesthetic of the ensemble.

  1. Monique Lhuillier: Strapless Pleated Floral-Print Silk-Piqué Midi Dress
  2. Anya Hindmarch: Maud Woven Tassel Clutch
  3. Manolo Blahnik: Callasli 90 mm Slingback Sandals

Gold glittered pumps

This white dress stands out for a unique design with satin details, and pockets, and features a sheath silhouette.

For accessories, we opted for gold items in varying textures, including diamond earrings and glittery gold shoes. If you prefer, silver shoes and matching jewelry are also great options.

  1. Carolina Herrera: Silk Satin-Trimmed Crepe Midi Dress
  2. Suzanne Kalan: 18-Karat Gold Diamond Earrings
  3. Gianvito Rossi: Gianvito 105 mm Gold Leather Pumps

Pink shoes with embellishments

A peplum-style white dress with a V-neck goes well with pink shoes and shades of pink, burgundy, and purple. Combined with silver shoe embellishments including high-heel and clutch buckle, we remain in the cold color palette.

To add playfulness to the outfit, choose delicate earrings or a bracelet decorated with green stones.

  1. Victoria Beckham: Scalloped Flared Stretch-Knit Midi Dress
  2. Judith Leiber: Slim Rectangle Amethyst Clutch
  3. Mach Mach: Double Bow Crystal-Embellished Mules

Gold pumps

The warm tone of the dress makes it suitable for warm gold accessories. Therefore, we paired a warm ivory bodycon dress with gold shoes and a metallic clutch of the same color.

Alternatively, the clutch could be paired with black or orange shoes. Just remember to follow the pattern rule: one accessory can be patterned while the other is solid. This creates a harmonious outfit without making it too busy.

  1. Hervé Léger: Ottoman Bandage Midi Dress
  2. 13 BC: The Discovery Clutch
  3. Gianvito Rossi: Gianvito 105 mm Gold Pumps

White satin pumps

One of our favorite dresses in the collection is this white one. It has a shoulder-hugging and waist-defining silhouette with a subtle V-neckline. To complement the dress, we selected white shoes with satin material, a thin heel, and a pointed toe. These shoes have a classic shape and will visually lengthen the legs.

We paired the dress and shoes with luxurious earrings that feature diamonds and purple shades. This outfit is ideal for the most special occasions.

  1. Kamyen: Lotus 18-Karat Gold Enamel Diamonds Earrings
  2. Safiyaa: Flora Cape-Effect Crepe Midi Dress
  3. Jimmy Choo: Rommy 100 mm Satin Pumps


The color of the shoes you should choose depends on the style, pattern, and material of your white dress. Monochromatic looks can create a classic and harmonious aesthetic while contrasting colors may add a touch of vibrancy to an outfit.

Consider incorporating accessories like jewelry or statement bags to further enhance your look. Finally, remember that experimenting with colors and textures is key to creating a truly unique and stylish outfit.

Featured image by Leeloo Thefirst.

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