Whether it’s a night at the opera, your office Christmas party or a celebration to ring in the new year, the right pair of shoes will add the final touch to your ensemble. Strappy sandals, stilettos, ballet slippers ‘ the possibilities are endless.

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Consider the color of your dress. Decide whether you would like to match the color of your dress or whether you prefer to contrast your dress and match your shoes with your handbag.

Consider the fabric. For a flowing, lightweight silk dress, consider strappy sandals or mules. For a heavier fabric such as velvet or a heavy silk, consider patent-leather, supple-leather or velvet shoes.

Complement the embellishments in your dress with those in your shoes. If your dress has embroidery, rhinestones or appliqu├ęs, look for textured shoes with similar decoration. If your gown has gold or silver accents on a solid background, gold- or silver-toned shoes make a great contrast.

Take a moment to focus on the length of your dress. Evaluate whether it will sweep the floor without a few extra inches.

Think about the height of your date. If you need a few extra inches to reach him, look at mid- and high-heeled shoes. If you’re evenly matched in height, look at ballet slippers or low-heeled mules.

Remember to consider comfort when you are shopping. You might find a very beautiful shoe that will be perfect for a sit-down event. If your activities call for a few hours of dancing, however, buy shoes that can get you through the evening as comfortably as possible.


  • If you wear stilettos, give your feet a break when you sit down for the performance or dinner by slipping off your shoes. Your calves and lower back will thank you in the morning.

  • Treat yourself to a pedicure if you choose open-toed styles.