How to Wear Printed Shoes

If you’ve fallen in love with the print-on-print trend and you’re ready to take it to the professional-fashionista level, it’s time to start collecting printed shoes for mixing and matching with your other printed clothes.

I don’t care if you collect your patterned shoes from thrift stores, borrow them from your grandma’s closet, or buy them from ritzy stores like Neiman Marcus or Nordstrom’s… just get them. Printed shoes, sandals, and boots are hot hot hot right now.It’s so easy to jazz up any solid-colored outfit with a pair of printed pumps or flats. And, from what I’ve seen, all jeans look better with printed booties or sandals. So, try wearing a pair of floral-print heels with your rolled-up boyfriend jeans… to add a tiny dash of fashion-forward edginess. (This style looks good on all ages… as far as I know.)

Shoes Come in Your Size

It doesn’t matter what size you are… even if you are a plus-plus size… you can always find shoes that fit. So, if you can’t find trendy clothes that look good on you, shoes and other accessories are an awesome way to punk out (or glam up) your boring outfits.

Printed Shoes Update Your Wardrobe

Shoes are an easy fix. Shoes are fun.

Lots of women choose beige or black or solid-colored shoes when they are putting together a mixed-print outfit. It’s like the shoes don’t matter. It’s like the shoes are just an afterthought. But, we all know that shoes can make or break an outfit, so don’t forget to include your shoes when you’re playing with patterns.

And, at the bottom of the article, there’s a link that goes to my Printed Shoes Pinterest board. (If you don’t see it right away, come back in a bit.) If you pay attention to some of the really cool ensembles on my board, you’ll see that printed shoes really give many outfits a cohesive, polished touch. You’ll see what I mean. Mixing prints and patterns is all about scale and balance (and color). It’s an art form that requires practice… and a playful mind.

  1. Leopard Print Shoes: Leopard is the easiest pattern to wear with other prints, because leopard feels like a solid. Leopard can be worn with floral prints, tribal prints, folkloric patterns, plaids, checks… heck, leopard will go with just about everything in your closet.

I think you should start with leopard shoes… just to get familiar with the fun of mixing and matching. After a while, leopard will seem so tame that you’ll want to branch out.

  1. Animal Print Shoes: Other animal-print shoes include zebra, pony, cheetah, tiger, and strangely mutated digital designs that look like they come from another planet… but have the feel of an animal “skin”. These other animal prints are almost as easy to mix and match as zebra.
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