What Dress Shoes to Wear? | When to Wear Them

How many pairs of dress shoes do you own? What are their different features and styles? Do you have several colors to choose from?

Many have just one pair of dress shoes.

Even though it’s great they have at least one pair; it’s not going to do them any favors moving forward, simply because one pair of dress shoes is just not enough.

If you work in a competitive professional work environment, you need several pairs to go with various outfits.

Even though you may feel that nobody will notice, trust us, they’ll notice when you’re wearing the same pair every day.

If you do have a lot of dress shoes, it can be tricky to choose which ones you should wear. Today we’ll walk you through when to wear certain types of dress shoes, along with some examples that you should consider.

What Dress Shoes to Wear for Work?

For some reason, when one hears the term “dress shoes,” they automatically think of men. But women need dress shoes just as much, as they’re just as integral to a woman’s wardrobe, if not more so.

When deciding what dress shoes to wear for the day, you need to first settle on the outfit or suit you are wearing. This is going to directly affect the type of dress shoe you put on.

For men, we recommend having at least one pair of black dress shoes, one pair of brown, and then a colored one such as navy or maroon. This is going to give you a few options to choose from to wear with your variety of suits.

For women, it can be more challenging. If you want a great looking dress shoe, we have included an example below that you may find very comfortable.

Clarks Women’s Rosalyn Belle Dress Pump Shoe

CLARKS Women's Rosalyn Belle Dress Pump, Black Leather, 9 M US

These Clarks women dress shoes are available in four colors to choose from: black, dark brown, navy, and brown. This gives you options, depending on the outfit you’re going to wear or what you are more interested in purchasing.

Because of these options, the Clarks Women’s Rosalyn Belle Dress Pump is more customizable than many others.

Pros

  • Various colors to choose from
  • Easy to wear
  • Raised heel

Cons

Front of shoes can hurt a bit

What If I’m Outside?

This is a question we get asked a lot, especially for women attending a wedding outside or any other sort of formal outdoor gathering.  What dress shoe should you wear on a hot summer’s night?

First off, you’re going to want to find something that is breathable and still sports a great classic look. We have included one of our favorite women’s dress sandals below that will blow you away with their comfort, style, and durable design.

Naturalizer Women’s Danya Dress Sandal

Naturalizer Women's Danya Dress Sandal,Black,8.5 M US

One of our favorite things is that there are so many colors and styles to choose from with the Naturalizer Women’s Danya Dress Sandal. There are over ten colors you can contemplate and see which will be the most compatible with your outfit, and which will work best for you.

These colors include black, gold, silver, brown, and many more crossovers between a lot of standard colors.

These sandals have been humanmade, and you can tell in the quality and feel of the design. They come with a synthetic sole, that also has a good grip if you’re walking somewhere with highly waxed floors.

They come with a heel that measures around 3.25” off the ground, which will add to your overall height, and it makes them appear even more dressy than usual.

The platform on the sandal measures around 1” off the ground. So it’s not too much and doesn’t sacrifice a lot on comfort.

Pros

  • Fantastic summer sandal
  • High quality

Cons

Slips a bit, recommend buying non-slip decals

Conclusion

The primary key to knowing what dress shoes to wear is to have some options at least. This is why we recommend going out and finding a few new pairs so that you can mix and match for a variety of outfits.

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