If there's one thing we know, it's that Who What Wear readers are obsessed with two things: dresses and shoes. These two subjects always dominate our So Should I Buy This? Facebook group, and now that we find ourselves on the cusp of bare-leg season, they're proving to be all the more practical.
While we're quick to cover the latest trends across both wardrobe items, we thought we'd go back to basics and have a look at the shoes we should be wearing with dresses this summer. As such, we can conclude that there are seven key footwear styles that seem to suit dresses more than other shoe types.
Chances are you'll already own some (if not all) of the shoes on our list, but that's the beauty of taking a step back from the noise of the trends and, instead, focusing on timeless buys. Keep scrolling to see the shoes to wear with dresses this season and beyond.
1. BLOCK HEELS
Style Notes: Jeanne Damas's elegant and chic block-heel shoes will bestow any dress with easy French flair. This Gallic girl favours wearing them with tea and wrap dresses.
Style Notes: You needn't mimic Lily Allen 100% of the time—trainers and dresses look their coolest when you opt for streamlined silhouettes paired with chunky running shoes.
Style Notes: While black boots also look excellent with dresses (more on that later), tan boots serve as a welcome change. Their softer hue makes them less harsh when worn with pastel or white dresses.
Style Notes: The perfect high/low outfit combination, espadrilles will give any and every dress an effortless feel. We particularly like how Marissa wears hers with a slinky slip dress.
Style Notes: Chunky track-sole boots defined our winter wardrobes, but don't pack them away just yet. With British staycations on the agenda, they're sure to come in handy through the summer months, too. Right now, Instagram's most stylish dressers are donning them with just about every dress you can think of.
7. FINE-STRAP HEELS
Style Notes: They may have been the shoes a couple of seasons ago, but having taken a back seat last summer, fine-strap sandals are set to make up for lost time this year. As they're the perfect antidote to statement outfits, it's little wonder influencers keep wearing them with linen dresses for minimal effect.