People seem to feel that metallic shoes are too flashy or too “out there” to be worn on a daily basis, but I would like to show you how to style metallic shoes so they can become a wardrobe staple. The shoes I’ve chosen for this tutorial are a gold pair of ankle strap shoes with a chunky heel from The Good Shoe Shop, and a similar pair of shoes in silver from Saba. However, you can apply the same principles to all kinds of shoes, including metallic sneakers and boots, as well as other colors, like metallic green or purple.
Four Outfits You Can Wear With Metallic Shoes
This look is a pair of high-waisted jeans that I’ve cuffed up at the bottom to show off the shoe. I put on a nice plain top, which I might wear to work, but is also a good option for something to wear if I’m going out with friends. Wearing a metallic shoe with this outfit gives it a little lift and allows me to not have to layer up on other accessories as much.
I find cuffing the jeans helps put a highlight on the shoe and helps dress up the outfit a bit.
I’ve got on my gold metallic shoes and a purple slip skirt in a silky fabric, a black t-shirt that I’ve tucked into the skirt, and a blue denim jacket. I rolled up the sleeves of the jacket to accentuate my waist a bit.
Even though I’m not wearing any other gold items in this outfit, other than the shoes, the shininess of the skirt and the shoes together is what brings cohesiveness to this outfit. You don’t always have to match the color. By matching the textures instead, I’ve put together a really beautiful yet effortless outfit.
For this look, I wanted to go with something more casual. I’m wearing the same jeans from Look 1, cuffed at the bottom again to show off the shoe. I’ve put on a simple t-shirt, and front tucked it just to style it up a bit, and added a silver belt which matches the shoe.
A good way to match a belt to your shoes is by picking a belt with a buckle that matches the shoe, or choose a belt in the same kind of metallic as the shoe. This is a really fun, casual look, but still very stylish.
If you have a dress at home that has a busy print, and you only ever wear it with black shoes or nude shoes, you can definitely try a metallic shoe, instead. Gold or silver shoes can really be worn with any print, but if you have a colored shoe--metallic purple or pink for example--I recommend pairing it with a print that has that same color in it, just to elevate the look. The dress I’m wearing here is a warm yellow that goes very well with the warmth of the gold metallic shoes.
If you’re wondering how to choose a metallic shoe based on your skin tone, the general rule is gold works better for people with warmer skin tones, and silver works better for people with cooler skin tones. But this is not a hard and fast rule, and honestly I find having both gold and silver in my wardrobe gives me more outfit options.
I hope I’ve given you some inspiration to take your metallic shoes out of the closet and try them with more casual pieces.
Rachel Jonas on Mar 11, 2021
Never thought of buying metallic shoes but they really match beautifully!