Your Complete Guide to the Shoes That Look Perfect With Midi Dresses

If someone had told me a few years ago that midi dresses would be my go-to style in my 20s, I would have been shocked. They always had an old-fashioned, slightly frumpy style connotation in my mind, but getting it right in 2018 is all down to the choice of shoes. Thankfully we have lots of ideas for which shoes to wear with our midis thanks to the street style set. We had the Attico girls dressing up their midis with satin mules whilst the Madga Butrym girls were moving onto heavy duty cowboy boots. We also saw chunky Joseph knit dresses and winter florals paired with knee-high boots. The key to getting the look right is the amount of skin showing—it's either all skin or none at all. Keep reading for a master class in how to pair midi dresses with shoes.

1. Snake-Print Boots

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Our love affair with animal print continues—especially when it comes in the form of knee-high boots. For an autumnal spin, team the boots with a bright midi dress—yellows, blues and greens are currently our favourites.

2. Sneakers 

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"Dad" sneakers are our go-to sporty shoes of choice this season, and they're a great comfort option to wear with a midi dress. They work best with fun coloured lightweight dresses to counter the weight of the chunky trainers.

3. Cowboy Boots 

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Cowboy boots are this season's number one shoes, and they look amazing with midi dresses. Whilst they'll transform any dress into a super-cool look, they look best with a shirt or knit dress—anything that's a bit more heavy-duty.

4. White Boots

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White boots are an easy way to style a midi dress. You can pretty much wear these with any style of midi—just ensure you have at least four centimetres of leg on show to break up the look.

5. Knee-High Boots 

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Unless you've been living under a rock, you'll have noticed knee-high boots are back. They've come a long way since the '90s, and this time around we don't want to see any leg—which is why midi dresses are the perfect pairing. Our favourite way to do this look is to stick to one colour head to toe. There are so many great coloured boots out there, from rose pinks to rich caramel browns, you could own a pair for every outfit.

6. Practical Boots

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Is it even winter if you don't own a pair of combat boots? This season, when it comes to practical boots, the chunkier the better. There's something super chic about this high/low pairing. Teaming a super-delicate silk dress with heavy-duty boots is seriously on point.

7. Pointed Ankle Boots

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If you buy only one pair of boots this winter, then make it a pair of black pointed boots. They're super elevated and will go with all kinds of midi dresses (as well as the rest of your wardrobe). These are a great way to wear your midi in the evening, just be sure to opt for darker colours.

8. Mules

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Mules are the best way to feel amazing in your midi dress, as they allow for maximum ankle flashing. Silk dresses are the best here, so these are the best shoes for your evening ensembles. Pro tip: A fine anklet will finish off the look perfectly.