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The first step in selecting the best shoes is choosing shoes that complement your clothing, rather than ones that compete with your outfit. For that reason, we always recommend pairing busier shoes with simple outfits and wearing simple shoes with clothing that features a lot of prints, embellishments or dynamic accessories. It can be tricky to find shoes that complement your clothing, without dominating or being overpowered by it, but the reality is, it’s a simple balancing act.

What’s the Occasion?

It doesn’t matter how pretty they are, how comfortable they feel, or how discounted they were when you bought them—if they don’t fit the event, the environment, and the occasion, then they are—at least temporarily—the wrong shoes. Glitzy evening shoes have no place in the office, and flip-flops aren’t generally considered acceptable for a formal event. So how do you know which shoes you should wear?

Well, the simplest approach would be to wear simple loafers or ballet flats for casual events, and classic pumps for anything dressy—but that can get a little boring. If you want to play it safe without giving into tedium, go ahead and wear those widely-accepted styles but choose a unique color, or a pair that is embellished with a chic buckle or another accent.

The Right Shoes for your Clothing: Dressing in Season

Of course they’ll be times when you’ll wear a pair of evening sandals when it’s cold outside, and you might even wear flip-flops long after the official end of summer—but if, for example, you’re wearing Fall clothing, the easiest way to select a pair of complementary shoes, is to choose shoes that look like Fall shoes. For instance, a pair of brocade pumps will look far more at home with a velvet evening suit than a pair of skimpy sandals will—and those suede boots that you looked great in all winter should be put away with your heavy coats.

The Right Shoes for your Clothing: The Best Colors

Black shoes are extremely versatile, but we believe that the real reason for the popularity of black shoes is that people are afraid of choosing the wrong color shoes for their clothing.

But take it from us, colorful shoes are a great way to bring color to your wardrobe. You can wear shoes in colors that you wouldn’t dream of wearing near your face.

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