Right Dress, Wrong Shoes: How To Not Have A Footwear Faux Pas

31 July 2014 by

GALLERY >> Scroll through for the right dress wrong shoe combos & to see the best alternative >>

ALEXA CHUNG

We <3 the Chungster's every move, but black pumps with a whimsical maxi? Not a fave. With a cute straw bag and that much chiffon, one needs a more delicate option like...

ANCIENT GREEK SANDALS

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.shoescribe.com/gb/women/sandals_cod44607994xc.html">£120 @ Shoescribe.com[/a]

CHERYL COLE

These cream peep-toe booties can only be described as trotters - they ruin a carefree sports-luxe look. We'd reccomend a pointy toe for extra NYC-city polish and leg lengthening...

JIMMY CHOO

[a target="_blank" href="http://www.net-a-porter.com/product/375139/Jimmy_Choo/agnes-glossed-elaphe-pumps">£575 @ Net-A-Porter.com[/a]

CRESSIDA BONAS

These straw-floral-T-bar concotions are just too much for this already boho look. Cressy could've turned it down a notch with something decorative but understated like these sandals...

UTERQUE

[a href="http://www.uterque.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductPage?storeId=74009656&langId=-1&catalogId=70109652&categoryId=77002&productId=4383032&keyWord=Embroidered%20heel%20sandals&color=102">£125 @ Uterque.com[/a]

KATE MIDDLETON

And those wedges. If this style is key for the DoC, then may we suggest something with a slimmer, more modern silhouette?

CARVELA

[a href="http://www.debenhams.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/prod_10701_10001_58958%204598400209_-1?CMP=AFC-ANET-437947">£69 @ Debenhams.com[/a]

KIM KARDASHIAN

Matchy matchy tones we likey, ankle-chopping shoe-boot we do not. This encased style is perhaps a tad passé, so a more elegant court (with strappings if you're looking for support) could be just perf...

BIONDA CASTANA

[a href="http://biondacastana.com/collections/shoes/products/alexandra">£545 @ BiondaCastana.com[/a]

LENA DUNHAM

A floaty floor-sweeper like these is shouting out for open toes! If Lena still wants to stick to a low heel, then how about a sandal with a block heel to give a slightly retro look? These even match her coat...

L'AUTRE CHOSE

[a href="http://www.lautrechose.com/gb_en/ladies-lavender-split-leather-thong-sandals.html">£175 @ LautreChose.com[/a]

SUKI WATERHOUSE

Personally, GD doesn't have it in for these platforms but the wider world of fashion critics defo had a discussion or two. Should you prefer something more ladylike, how's about these?...

ASOS

[a href="http://www.asos.com/ASOS/ASOS-HOPEFUL-Heeled-Sandals/Prod/pgeproduct.aspx?iid=3961690&cid=4172&Rf989=5029&sh=0&pge=3&pgesize=36&sort=-1&clr=Gold">£40 @ ASOS.com[/a]

TAYLOR SWIFT

Pink too prissy, round toes too dated... these just don't bring anything cool to Taylor's otherwise sweet outfit. If court shoes are her go-to, then maybe a pointed pair in a primary colour (to clash with the yellow handbag) would be that extra step better.

TOPSHOP

[a href="http://www.topshop.com/en/tsuk/product/shoes-430/heels-458/high-heels-697/glory-suede-high-heel-shoes-3020228?refinements=category~[209960|208542]&bi=41&ps=20">£58 @ Topshop.com[/a]

We’ve all been there. Right dress, wrong shoes: it’s a crime against fashion that’s all too easy to stumble into. We’ve long thought about this wardrobe conundrum when poring over pap pics: Taylor Swift, with such long Bambi legs could wear any outfit and still look like a complete All American goddess, but her nice clothing choices are often let down by bizarre footwear. Her pins are splendiferous, so let’s not put them to waste with an ugly ankle-strapped midi-heel court shoe in scuffed up green suede.

Another example? Cressida’s lovely Reformation dress that she chose for the marriage of Arabella Llewellyn and Thomas Burwel earlier this month was let down on this occasion by a pair of heels that were A.) too clompy and B.) too fussy. And dare we say it; Kate Middleton is perhaps the most regular offender of them all. We wholly understand the uniform-like restrictions imposed by her regal position, but we’re certain those surprisingly quite stacked cork wedges are not practical in the slightest.

Occasionaly a wrong’un in the shoe department can be a subversive way to bring edge to an otherwise twee look – just think of the extensive sneaker action with little frocks on the streets today or the Birkenstock comeback - but in the gallery above you can scroll through a selection of unsuccessful toe-ments alongside our suggestions of what shoe would sideside a foot-related faux pas.


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