Style Tips: What To Wear With Purple Shoes

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What are the best colors to wear with purple shoes? 

Purple shoes are a unique and sophisticated color. It’s a great color to work into your wardrobe. It’s an easy way to add a pop of color to a drab outfit. They are much more fun than black heels and a sure way to get noticed!

Many think purple shoes are too different and difficult to match. It’s actually very easy to pull off this color. What makes purple so great is its variety of shades. From grape to lilac to plum, you are bound to find a hue you will love.

The possibilities with purple are endless, as you can wear it with nearly every color. Over the past few years, pastel colors have been a fashion trend. Colors like soft lavenders and lilacs can go with pale blues, blush pinks, and mint greens. If you want to keep it more low-key, pair it with neutrals like black, white, gray, or tan. But if you want something more eye-catching, match it with bold colors such as yellow, pink, or orange.

Purple is a color you can wear year-round. In the past, you wore dark purples in the fall and lighter purples in the spring. But those “rules” have been thrown out the window. Now we see all shades of purple, from lilacs to mauves to orchids, mixed in with fall colors.

Below are some great color combinations for matching your outfit with purple shoes.

You can use this style guide for purple shoes or anything else purple in your wardrobe.

We know that some colors go well together, but for most of us, we’re not sure why. There is an art and science behind it based on the color wheel.

While we won’t go on a deep dive into color theory, the color wheel is the basis of color theory as it shows the relationship between different colors.

Colors that look good together are called color harmony. The color wheel describes color combinations that are harmonious and visually pleasing.

Fashion designers use the color wheel when deciding the color schemes for their designs.

You can use the color wheel as a guide to mix and match colors in your wardrobe that you didn’t even think were possible.


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purple yellow complementary colors color wheel


The complementary color is the exact opposite color on the color wheel. Find purple, blue-purple, and red-purple on the color wheel and look at the color that sits opposite. The complementary color of purple is yellow.

While both colors are in high contrast, together, they are balanced and harmonious. Matching these strong colors makes a bold statement.


purple yellow complementary colors



purple red blue analogous colors color wheel  

Analogous colors are three colors that sit side by side on the color wheel. For purples, that would be red and blue color schemes. These colors work together because they are from the same section of the color wheel and naturally blend into one another.

If you are looking for a bold pairing, pink, a shade of red, looks great with purple.

You can wear all three colors in an outfit, but that can be overwhelming. Keep it simple and style your shoes with one other analogous color.


purple analogous colors




purple green orange triadic colors color wheel


Triadic colors are three colors equally spread out on the color wheel. A triadic purple color scheme includes oranges and greens. This combination is quite colorful, but because the colors are equidistant on the color wheel, they balance each other and create harmony. 

You can, but you don’t have to use all three colors in an outfit.


purple triadic colors


Neutrals are not found on the color wheel as they lack color - brown, white, grey, and black fall into this category. Neutrals pair well with almost any color. 

While colors such as light blue, navy blue, and khaki green are not technically neutrals, they are considered so because they match almost everything.

Note that blue denim often is treated as neutral. You can wear it with any shade of purple, and it looks great.


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Here are a few more style tips for purple shoes:

  • If the color combinations above, like purple and green, feel too loud, break it up with neutrals – for example, wear a dark green top with a dark brown bottom and dark purple shoes.

  • Go monochrome and wear different shades of the same color - for example, matching darker purple shoes with a paler purple outfit. The look is very modern and easy to pull off.

  • If a print or pattern you are wear has purple, your shoes can be any shade of purple.

Keep in mind that the above is just a guideline. They are suggestions if you want to try something new or break out of a style rut. The best colors to wear are more a personal choice than absolute rules. Wear colors that make you feel confident because feeling great should be the highest priority.

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