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Shoes and short dress: how to find the perfect combination?

Mini-dress for maximum effect! This iconic piece, a cousin of the mini skirt created by the visionary Mary Quant, had a remarkable breakthrough in the 1960s and remains a staple in women's wardrobes today. No matter what your style, the short dress is definitely a great choice that you will wear with ease on a daily basis. With its above-the-knee cut often associated with schoolgirl or preppy styles, it can be worn in a thousand ways and is suitable for all occasions. So, are you ready to succumb to the call of the mini-dress?

For a chic evening or a casual day, the short dress is a timeless feminine garment that can be worn all year round. But finding the perfect pair of shoes to go with it can sometimes be adventurous. What shoes to wear with a short dress for a stylish and comfortable look? Find out in this article all our tips to find the perfect pair of shoes.

01 How to choose the right shoes to wear with a short dress?

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From satin pumps to leather clogs, heels are a classic and sophisticated choice. With a long figure and shapely legs, they are your best bet. However, it is important to choose a heel height that you are comfortable with. If you don't often wear high heels, we recommend that you opt for low heels so that you can walk comfortably and avoid foot pain.


Flats are a more comfortable and casual option to wear with a short dress. Ballet flats, flat sandals or leather sneakers will be the perfect part of a chic casual look for a summer evening or a trip to the office.

02 What colours should you choose for your shoes?

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Neutral colours

Beige, black, white, grey... Neutral colours are a safe bet for a short dress. They can easily be combined with all dress shades and will bring a chic twist to your look.

Bright colours

If you prefer to add a splash of colour to your outfit, brightly coloured shoes such as red, pink or blue may be an option to try. However, it's important to match colours carefully to avoid overpowering your outfit. If your dress is patterned or very colourful, we recommend that you opt for shoes in neutral shades to balance your look.

03 Which shoes to wear with a short dress depending on the season?

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The short dress is a versatile piece that can be worn all year round, but your choice of footwear will depend on the season. Here are all our suggestions for what shoes to wear with a short dress in summer and winter depending on the weather.

What shoes to wear with a short dress in spring-summer?

In early spring, opt for comfort and slip on a pair of lace-up boots or sneakers for a casual look. As the weather warms up, sandals, espadrilles or ballet flats are the perfect mid-season look. In summer, flat sandals or leather mules are comfortable and trendy alternatives to accompany your short summer dress.

What shoes to wear with a short dress in autumn-winter?

In autumn, derbies or oxfords can easily be paired with a short dress for a dressy look. Tall boots are also a great option for a more bohemian look. In winter, choose a pair of ankle boots or loafers, perfect with a short dress. You can also wear thick tights to keep your legs warm or slip on a pair of high socks for a more preppy look.

04 Black mini-dress or white mini-dress, which shoes to choose?

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The little black dress and the short white dress are two classics in a woman's wardrobe, and your choice of shoes to complete your outfit can make all the difference. Here are some suggestions on what shoes to wear with these two must-have mini-dresses.

What shoes to wear with a short black dress?

Pumps! A timeless choice that will lengthen your legs and slim your figure. Black pumps are a safe bet, but you can also opt for colourful pumps to add a touch of fun to your outfit. For a more casual look, opt for leather ankle boots. The choice is yours: black boots with a rock-chic feel, or brown leather boots, a more bohemian alternative.

What shoes to wear with a short white dress?

Take a step up by choosing a pair of platform shoes, perfect for a modern and comfortable look. For a more romantic look, the combination of a white dress and brown leather sandals will be very elegant, and right on trend for spring 2023. Does your evening outfit just need to be completed with a pair of festive shoes? Opt for metallic shoes and shine with a thousand lights: golden mules, silver ballerinas or iridescent pumps.


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