Statement shoes are one of the most popular fashion trends right now. You’ll see them on runways and sidewalks all over the world. But while many women are passing on the over-the-top styles and sky-high heels, there’s another statement shoe trend women of all ages are embracing: bright color.

Start with a simple style in the heel height that suits you best. But do it in a color that’s completely unexpected and different from your outfit.

The old school rule is that shoe color should be equal to or darker than your hem. Traditionally, that’s meant dark blue, brown, or black. But these days, it can be lime, plum, fuchsia, pumpkin – or any dark color that makes the ensemble “pop.”

Here are a few examples:

Teal dress, red shoes

 Yellow skirt, red shoes

Dark green pants, red shoes

Bride and bridesmaids

Bethenny Frankel on "The Ellen Show"
Bethenny Frankel on “The Ellen Show

I love all the red shoes in the first three pictures, and love LOVE the colorful bridesmaids’ shoes. Notice how each bridesmaid’s bouquet matches her shoes, while the bride’s bouquet is a mixture of everyone’s colors. Such a simple and symbolic – yet elegant – idea.

But what about Bethenny Frankel’s shoes? The orange pants and green shoes work, but it’s not a combination that readily comes to mind. How can you be sure such different colors work together?

The color wheel.

The Color Wheel

The three primary colors are red, blue, and yellow. Colors in the same color family are monochromatic. Colors opposite each other are complimentary. Colors next to each other are analogous. Colors next to complimentary colors are called split-complimentary.

So in Bethenny’s case, her pants and shoe combination are split-complimentary colors, because the compliment of orange is turquoise, and turquoise is analogous to green.

Make sense?

Again, it’s not a combination that readily springs to mind, but I wanted to show it to get you thinking. If you’re short on funds or looking for new ways to wear old things, pull out a color wheel and start experimenting. You may be surprised by how many new, interesting combinations are hanging in your closet.

So what color handbag should you wear?

It depends. Match the handbag to the shoes if you want to tie them together, or to your clothes if you want to draw attention to your shoes. Figure out where you want to put the focus, and choose the colors accordingly.

How to Use Clothing Colors That Influence and DelisghtSo…a fun, easy way to partake of the current shoe trend. Do this with flats, booties, heels, platforms – whatever suits your style. You’re sure to draw attention and PLENTY of compliments. Try it for yourself and see.

Need a little more help putting colors together?

Download a copy of “How to Use Clothing Color to Influence and Delight” right now.


Diana Pemberton-SikesDiana Pemberton-Sikes is an image coach who helps women upgrade their lives by upgrading their image. Ready to get the attention, respect, and income you deserve? Create Your Ideal Image can help.

    8 replies to "Turn Heads With Your Shoe Color"

    • Sue

      I too love the colourful shoes this fall. Recently bought a pair of candy apple red pumps and matching clutch that I will be wearing to my nephew’s wedding in a couple of weeks. The dress is a royal blue sheath with duster coat in many shades of blue. Two year old dress that I’ve had tweaked a bit by my tailor, and the whole outfit pops with the great shoes and clutch!

      • Diana

        Hi Sue,

        The outfit sound fabulous! Have a great time at the wedding!

    • Carol Fritz

      Pull out your color wheel? I have a pretty good sensitivity to color and lack this essential tool.

      Where does one get a color wheel?

      I’d love to have one!

      Thanks for your work, Hope your health is better.

      Carol Fritz

      • Diana

        Hi Carol,

        You can find color wheels at art supply stores or online – usually for around $5. Or, if you have a really good printer, you can find a color wheel image online and print it off.

        Take care!


    • Natsuko

      This was an article I needed! I bought a pair of fuschia heels (I usually wear conservative shoes) and was wondering what else I could wear with them besides my fuschia dress. I wish now I had bought the burnt orange heels as well!

      • Diana

        Linda – LOL! Now that you know you can “mix it up,” there will be no stopping you! You go, girl! 🙂

    • Libby@BeautyWithoutWithin

      This was such a good article, Diana. I am so ultra conservative when it comes to shoes, but love the looks you’ve shown of the statement shoe. It can obviously make an outfit.

      • Diana

        Hi Libby – glad you enjoyed them! These are fun, tasteful, AND easy to do. 🙂

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