How to wear red

by Dianne Sheehan, Owner/Manager

Over the past two and half years owning The House of Shoes, I’ve often found customers either embrace red footwear or avoid the colour due to not knowing how to wear it. So, if you’re a little intimidated by it and need some tips on how to wear red footwear, this blog post is for you!

Warm tones vs cold tones

Red is often associated with being a warm colour, but shades of red with a deep blue base tend to be a lot cooler. If you choose warm coloured clothing, such as bright pink, mustard and orange, then a bright, warm coloured red is for you. If you’re drawn to cooler colours like blue, grey and green, then a deeper, blue-based red will work well.

Warm: Chelman Tonic red ankle boot

Cold: Gabor 35.6 red lace up boot


Red as an accent

We don’t necessarily need red clothing and accessories to wear red footwear with. Red works really well as an accent to a neutral coloured outfit, for example grey, white and black. The Hispanitas Nadia Bee ankle boot in red patent leather adds a pop of colour to an otherwise plain work outfit.


Red as a feature

Once you start experimenting with colours, you’ll find that red can go with a lot! Deep burgundy reds look fabulous alongside navy or the deep forest greens, and bright reds can work well with pinks and greys.

Red for work: red is a fantastic accent colour for workwear. Try a black pencil dress with a red belt, red earrings and some red flats. Or, add some colour to a black work outfit with a pair of red boots.

Shoe options: Gabriele Moc in red, Hispanitas Rio in scarlet.


Boot options: Chelman Tonic in red, Gabor 35.6 in red


Red for everyday: a pair of red ankle boots are fantastic for adding some life to your everyday winter outfits. The deep burgundy reds are prevalent this season, particularly in casual styles. Pair with black or blue jeans, a chunky knit jumper and accessorise with a red handbag or scarf.

Boot options: Loints Lightning in wine, Ara 13407 in burgundy


Red for walking: if you’re looking to take the leap and add a pair of red shoes to your wardrobe, start with your leisure wear. Nowadays we all seem to own a pair of black tights for exercise, so add a pair of red sneakers and your favourite top and you’ll be set! 

Our styles this season feature warm and/or waterproof linings, making them the ultimate winter sneaker!

Sneaker options: Ara 14433 in red, Remonte R4775 in red