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What Heels Go Best With Shorts?

by Sara Cantu, studioD

While high heels are a go-to for many women, throwing on a pair with shorts is a trickier match up than pumps and a pencil skirt. Choose the right style, though, and shorts can make a big impact when worn with heels over flats. A variety of fashionable shorts pair famously with high heels of all types. Rock your shorts with the right pair, and take your look -- and your legs -- to new heights.

Workin' It in Wedges

Casual styles of shorts like denim cut-offs look best with casual heels. A variety of styles of wedges, like espadrilles and cork wedges, pair fabulously with such low-key ensembles. These heel styles add height and a dose of glamour without appearing overly dressy, and wedges in bright colors and prints make great pairings for a number of cuts and colors of shorts. Neutral shades of wedge heels work well with anything from denim shorts and a flowy chiffon top to a pair of khaki shorts and a basic black camisole.

Stylish in Strappy Sandals

A pair of soft, loose tailored shorts can be made completely appropriate for dressy occasions by adding a glamorous style of metallic strappy sandals. Pair this combination with a blazer in a bright shade for a chic ensemble. For a spring and summer nighttime look, pair beige or black silk shorts with gold strappy high heels and a neutral-hued tank top. A bold, printed pair of shorts pairs well with nude styles of sandals that allow the pattern to take center stage. Top this off with a sequined or cropped leather jacket for additional coverage.

Pretty in Pointed Pumps

Sometimes, it's the most subtle shoe that makes the biggest statement. Pointed-toe pumps in neutral hues like beige and black provide an excellent base for a variety of outfits -- both loud and subdued. A monochromatic ensemble like a bright pink shorts romper is perfectly balanced by nude pointy-toed pumps and minimal accessories. Similarly, a black short suit is made instantly timeless and classy by adding black pointed pumps. Dressy, vivid prints of shorts and solid colors paired with bold tops are perfectly enhanced by muted neutral pumps. Sexy leather shorts also benefit from these toned-down styles of shoe.

Cool Pops of Color

When rocking shorts in neutral hues like beige, black or white, a vivid pop of color can serve as the perfect eye-catching element for a fashionable outfit. Tuck a tank top or chiffon blouse into silk shorts and pair with bright accessories and a blue, pink or red high heel. Printed heels work well with solid-colored shorts, just as printed shorts typically call for a solid-color shoe. When sporting a shorts and heels combination, it's best not to overwhelm. Choose pieces that complement one another rather than compete for attention.

About the Author

Sara Cantu has been writing fashion and lifestyle articles since 2009. As a fashion stylist, writer and blogger, she has been published in “Lady Couture” magazine and “RGV” magazine. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from The University of Texas - Pan American.

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