Do Red Sandals Match a Black Dress?

TV personality Kelly Bensimon wears a flirty black dress with strappy red heels to a New York event in 2013.
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Red sandals are for more than just head-to-toe crimson looks. The color is bold and bright -- perfect for offsetting an all-black dress. Rocking red shoes not only provides an unexpected splash of color -- when paired with black or other neutrals, red footwear also elevates the look from basic to something special. Consider the style of both the sandal and the dress when piecing together your ensemble for a finished product that’s sure to score fashion points.

1 Ways to Rock Red

Casual sandals, such as flat T-straps or gladiators, or dressy heeled sandals both pair well with a black dress. Save your flats for relaxed T-shirt minis, boho maxis and simple sundresses. Wear a black flowing trapeze dress with crocheted insets and flat red-patent sandals. Complete the look with an armful of gold bangles and a patterned shoulder tote for a laid-back vibe. When it’s time to dress up, slip on a 3- or 4-inch red strappy sandal with a black cocktail dress. Add a pair of black and silver chandelier earrings, an oversize ring and a small red clutch to tie the look together.

Stacey Kole holds a Master's Degree in Education and has written for a variety of education publications. She also was managing editor of the International fashion and beauty publication Savvy, penning cover stories on such celebrities as Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough.