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Adding Orange Shoes Into Your Wardrobe

Wendy is a journalist who has been writing online since 2007 on topics such as plus size fashion, learning languages and traveling.

Viktor & Rolf Orange Bow High Heel Pump

VIKTOR & ROLF Orange Bow High Heel Pump

VIKTOR & ROLF Orange Bow High Heel Pump

Orange Shoes and How to Wear Them

Orange is one of the most vibrant colours that you can wear regardless of the season. Of course it does not suit everybody’s skin tone but if you want to add colour and fun to your wardrobe you can always wear orange below your waist and as orange trousers are not very flattering the best item to add a splash of colour to your wardrobe are your shoes.

I have heard some people are very reticent about wearing orange shoes and no wonder, I have seen some horrific shoes out there in orange. But here I am talking about beautiful designer shoes and not your ordinary orange crocs (please keep them only for the garden where no one sees you), orange trainers or orange go-go dancer boots, that only someone going to a Halloween party would wear to go out.

I must admit that I have no orange shoes in my wardrobe. I have always gone for red instead, but after seeing these shoes I am gagging for a pair!

The Colour Wheel

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Understand The Colour Wheel To Select Colour Combinations Likely To Look Fantastic And Make Heads Turn In Admiration.

The first thing before adding orange shoes to your wardrobe is to have a basic understanding of the colour wheel, so you can select colour combinations that are likely to look fantastic and make heads turn in admiration. You have several choices when wearing orange shoes:

  1. You can adopt a monochromatic scheme wearing orange as a basic colour. For example, you might choose to wear an orange dress with orange sandals. Karen Millen has a beautiful and flattering orange dress which matches to perfection her orange sandals. If you choose this colour scheme make sure that your dress is cut as simple as possible.
  2. You can wear adjacent colours, in the colour wheel that is where two or more colours are located next to each other, for example orange and yellowy orange. That means that you can wear a very pale orange dress with deep orange sandals.
  3. Wear complimentary colours to create vibrant combinations. The complimentary colour for orange is blue, so you could wear your orange shoes with dark-blue jeans for a funky look. Just keep it simple and avoid mixing too many different shades of orange or blue.

Fabulous Designer Shoes From Karen Millen

satin sandal Satin peep toe sandal with ankle strap, bow detail and diamante cluster with a 10cm heel.

satin sandal Satin peep toe sandal with ankle strap, bow detail and diamante cluster with a 10cm heel.

Orange Yves Saint Laurent

Yves Saint Laurent orange patent 'Moonlight' ankle strap sandals retail value: $495.00

Yves Saint Laurent orange patent 'Moonlight' ankle strap sandals retail value: $495.00

Yves Saint Laurent orange suede 'True Col' sandals Price around $495.00

Yves Saint Laurent orange suede 'True Col' sandals Price around $495.00

Black and White Clothes with Orange Shoes

Both black and white will look wonderful with a pair of orange shoes. A white Summery dress will acquire a whole new life if worn with a pair of orange sandals. With white you can wear any shade of orange on your feet, just choose the shade that goes better with your skin tone.

A little black dress will look sophisticated if worn with a pair of dark orange stilettos. When wearing black AVOID bright orange shoes and go instead for lighter or darker shades of orange, otherwise you might end up looking too “Halloween” themed.

Dior's Orange shoes

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Brown, tan and cream clothes with orange shoes.

This is another great combination. Brown clothes go very well with dark or very light orange shoes; while tan clothes will rock with a pair of dark brown shoes, like the Dior shoes on the right. Who said you could not be elegant with orange shoes?

The Orange Dior Shoes are fantastic not only for a night out but they will also work great for the office.


Orange shoes on Amazon.com

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Prada Orange Gradient High-Heeled Shoes

The super-gloss orange colour sharply fades to black.  With black elasticized ankle strap these Prada designer shoes are offset by a pointed closed-toe and curved  heel.

The super-gloss orange colour sharply fades to black. With black elasticized ankle strap these Prada designer shoes are offset by a pointed closed-toe and curved heel.

What type of orange shoes?

If you are going to wear orange shoes, it is important that you choose the right type of shoe. Otherwise you will end up looking freaky or worse, looking like you work for a toxic waste company and forgot to take off your shoes before leaving the workplace!

1. Orange Stilettos. These are my favourite type. They make your legs look longer, they make you look sexy, attractive and irresistible. With a well designed pair of stilettos the colour is just a bonus.

2. Thick heels. This is a risky choice, chunky heels can be funky but be careful that they are not too chunky. This is more a choice of comfort over sexiness. There are some beautiful thick heeled platform orange shoes that will rock with any outfit. Find the jewel!

3. Two toned shoes. Some two toned shoes can be very flattering. I am still not sure about the Prada two toned shoes. What do you think? Not really my style but they are original.

4. Chunky boots. Unless you are a teenager or want to make a fashion statement the answer is NO.

5. Orange Crocs, another NO unless you are a little girl or you are working in a hospital and wear them to work.

6. Orange go-go boots, another NO unless YOU ARE a go-go dancer or you are going to a Halloween Party.

7. Black Boots with orange accents, again NO unless you are a teenager.

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Carolina Herrera Says Orange Is The New Red

© 2009 Wendy Iturrizaga

Comments

mysisters on April 11, 2011:

Great Hub. I actually have never thought about purchasing orange shoes. These I must say are very pretty!

Lauren on October 04, 2010:

The prada two tones, are so ugly. just my opinion, but they make the girls feet look like a size 13 mens..

oh, and i bought my first pair of orange shoes today, gorgeous..

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on August 10, 2010:

princess: glad to see you are making the most of your orange sandals :)

Princess D on August 09, 2010:

are you serious!!! I have 2 pair of orange sandals,I get tons of compliments when i wear them. I love shoes and of course you have to have nice feet and know how to rock em...like me.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on July 12, 2010:

Putz: Why not indeed, a splash of colour into one's wardrobe is always welcome ;-)

Putz Ballard on July 12, 2010:

Why not! I saw a fellow with red hightops on last week, overalls and a necktie. Different strokes for different folks but nothing wrong with color.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on May 20, 2010:

katrinasui: They are flashy which is very "in" this up coming season. A pair of orange shoes are the perfect accessory o brighten up any outfit.

2patricias: What's up with crocs? I fail to see what is so great about them... Yes, garden and hospital wards (I like how they break the seriousness of the nurses outfit when worn in bright colours) are the best place for them.

2patricias from Sussex by the Sea on May 20, 2010:

Pleased to see that you share our view of crocs (garden only - please).

These shoes are gorgeous - we need to earn a lot of money though before thinking of buying them.

katrinasui on April 28, 2010:

I love to wear high heels. Orange shoes are looking very beautiful.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on November 12, 2009:

scheng1: there are lots of flat style shoes in orange as well and they can look rather stylish.

scheng1 on November 11, 2009:

so nice! I love them even though I dont wear high heels

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on November 04, 2009:

Happy to see that most of you like the idea of orange shoes. I know that at first it might sound a bit too much, but once you have tried them you will love them!

fatima abid on November 04, 2009:

this shoes stle is very nice collectio i appriciate this and thanks

Discount Designer Shoes on July 26, 2009:

I love your hub! I don't own any orange shoes but you have opened my eyes. Thanks!

gr8archer45 from Pakistan on April 16, 2009:

wow, i really never thought of buying orange shoes! lolz bt i might after reading this & checking out the gorgeous pics!

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on April 09, 2009:

hi blondepoet, there are so many shades and styles to choose from... good luck chosing your heels :)

blondepoet from australia on April 08, 2009:

Wow such beautiful shoes, great hub.I have never worn orange heels but I am certainly inspired now to give it a go.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on April 08, 2009:

Hi Lisa, before writing this hub it had never crossed my mind wearing orange shoes neither (I always went for the red ones instead) but after finding these selection I couldn't resist it! If you feel daring and want to give it a try, you could choose a brownish-orange shade to add a splash of colour to your wardrobe :)

Lisa HW from Massachusetts on April 08, 2009:

Princessa, the title of your Hub just caught my eye (maybe because today is a kind of gray/rain-looking day where I live) - and I enjoyed it.

I have to say the idea of wearing orange shoes has never even crossed my mind. :) As much I enjoyed your Hub, though, I have to see I think the mold has been set when it comes to my personal (and boring) preferences for my own shoes - black, brown (but in a variety of shades of brown :) ) and - for Spring and Summer - beige canvas. Even if your Hub made me realize how boring a person I am, though, there is something cheerful and fun about just thinking of orange shoes, isn't there...

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on April 06, 2009:

H Jeniferr, you are right it is amazing how a simple outfit can be dressed up with the right shoes.

Jeniferr from United States on April 06, 2009:

I don't dress very colorfully but I do have a weakness for funky colored shoes. If you really want to make an impression on someone, wear the right shoes!

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on March 25, 2009:

LondonGirl: I think it might be a case of just finding what shade of orange suits best the skin tone.

Isabella: Orange shoes are IN, I love these designer ones, difficult to choose only one pair :) But orange shoes are not only In this summer, you can already see them in most fall/winter collections in Paris. Strong, bold, vibrant colours are going to be IN for a while. BTW, do you still have that flowery dress?

Isabella Snow on March 24, 2009:

I used to have an orange-flowered minidress when I was in my early 20s. It was very cute; orange shoes would have been fab!

LondonGirl from London on March 17, 2009:

fair skin, fair hair and orange are a bit of a no-no combination, really!

LondonGirl from London on March 14, 2009:

I'd like to agree - but to be honest, my gut feeling is, "orange shoes - don't go there. Ever."

Brian Stephens from Laroque des Alberes, France on March 14, 2009:

They must hurt, well some of them anyway.

laringo from From Berkeley, California. on March 13, 2009:

Shoes and purses are my weakness and the color splash I think are always a hit. My favorite in this Hub is the Yves Saint Laurent ankle strap sandal heels.

Frieda Babbley from Saint Louis, MO on March 13, 2009:

That John Galliano shoe is one crazy shoe. I'm really not sure about actually wearing one. But the color is very nice. You know, I have not seen many orange shoes around, or maybe I'm not looking, but I think everyone could use an orange shoe. I think it would look fabulous with some browns. I have found myself being pulled to clothes of certain oranges as of late, so I think I may need to go searching for some orange shoes as well. Great that you wrote on this topic. Nice variety of info here, as well.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on March 13, 2009:

deccasandy: they are awesome. I have a soft spot for the Karen Millen's, I guess I have always been a Millen's fan!

deccasandy from Belmont on March 13, 2009:

Cool shoes . I have fallen in love with these Dior's Orange shoes. Thanks for sharing.

Wendy Iturrizaga (author) from France on March 12, 2009:

anjalichugh : The right models can look stunning in orange. If you are shy about bright oranges you could start with the darker shades which are more subdued.

anjalichugh from New York on March 12, 2009:

I love those colors. Shoes are something which catch my attention all the time. I wish I could dare to wear orange and red colors. They look so attractive.