These 8 Shoe Colors Will Pair Perfectly With Your Navy Blue Outfit

From dark brown to gold.

Woman wearing navy blazer

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Picture this: you're wearing a stunning navy blue suit or slip dress on a beautiful spring day. Both pieces are incredibly versatile. But, they each beg to be accessorized because otherwise, they’re just a sea of dark blue. Your shoes—the color specifically—will determine whether your navy blue ensemble reads casual (think: brown, tan, yellow, or orange) or a bit dressier (white, red, or gold). Ahead, I’ve laid out my favorite color shoes to pair with navy blue that will add some oomph to your look. Plus, you’ll find some of my personal favorites to help illustrate.

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Dark Brown

Brown is my favorite color to pair with navy. You instantly evolve into a classic sophisticate: you’re effortlessly put together but ready to go. I love a strappy brown closed-toe shoe (like my favorites from Hereu), a chunky clog (imagine them paired with that slip dress), or a dainty mule for dressy-but-not-black-tie occasions.

Marilisa Stud-Detail Clogs
Ancient Greek Sandals Marilisa Stud-Detail Clogs $390
Cabersa Woven Padded Leather Sandals
HereU Cabersa Woven Padded Leather Sandals $405
Mari Giudicelli
Mari Giudicelli Urca Clogs $690
Tuesday Mule in Espresso
Brother Vellies Tuesday Mule in Espresso $535
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I love tan because a light color shoe is a bit daintier, less clunky than a darker one. When thinking of a navy suit, I immediately thought of pairing it with lace-up sandals as a barely-there footwear choice. However, another option is a cool slide, and I personally love these mesh ones from SheKudo. 

Leila Slides
SheKudo Leila Slides $240
10MM Leather Lace-Up Sandals
LuisaViaroma 10MM Leather Lace-Up Sandals $150
Level Up Sandal
Anny Nord Level Up Sandal $380
Ivar Sandals
Wal & Pai Ivar Sandals $298
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Light Blue

Keeping it in the same color family, I like the idea of pairing navy with a lighter shade of blue. It makes the navy warmer-weather appropriate. Try a flat like these mary janes or satin slides for a weekend brunch. These would specifically be very cool if your navy suit happens to be a shorts suit. 

Adele Bow-Tie Satin Sandals
Carlotha Ray Adele Bow-Tie Satin Sandals $212
Drogheria Crivellini Fu-Tabi Mary Jane in Sky Gingham
No. 6 Store Drogheria Crivellini Fu-Tabi Mary Jane in Sky Gingham $245
Emilia Blue
Augusta Emilia Blue $252
Barkal Sky $250
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White or Cream

White is a no-brainer when you’re styling navy. I love the idea of pairing a navy dress with everyday white classic Converse sneakers. White shoes also are perfect to wear all the way through summer.

All Star '70s Oxford Sneakers
Converse All Star '70s Oxford Sneakers $80
Off White Pebbled Goya Slide
Goya Off White Pebbled Goya Slide $319
Suzanne Rae Reseau Lady Pump in Beige
No.6 Suzanne Rae Reseau Lady Pump in Beige $535
Crochet Ballet Flats
Beklina Crochet Ballet Flats $245
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I know this seems a little overly Americana, but I think that red is a home run if done right. When pairing your navy with red, add some other colors in your other accessories: a yellow beaded necklace or some green hoop earrings or bag. It will make the outfit cheerful and fun. 

Beki Coakley
Beki Coakley Charlene $465
Peche Rayne $86
Red Clogs
ClogShop Red Clogs $49
Camper Dina $260
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To really add some volume, wear navy with its complementary shade, orange. Orange can also be really neutral when the style is a flat, lightweight one. The orange Adidas shoe would be really great with that slip dress. The closed-toe styles? Have them be the star of the show paired with navy shorts and a matching navy tee.

Superstar Sneakers
Adidas Superstar Sneakers $149
The Jude
SheKudo The Jude $253
Killa Mules
Kkerele Killa Mules $125
Crochet Ballet Flats Turmeric
Beklina Crochet Ballet Flats Turmeric $160
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The cheeriest color of them all: yellow. If you’re going to wear yellow, go all the way and choose a more saturated hue. I love the idea of dressing up a suit with those satin yellow heels or pairing some everyday navy shorts or dress with the Zou Xou mary janes (which happen to be extremely comfortable). 

Eugenia Flat in Curcuma Instant Ship
ZouXou Eugenia Flat in Curcuma Instant Ship $268
Toe Joe Straw Sandals
Nomadic State of Mind Toe Joe Straw Sandals $97
OCA Low Yellow Canvas Sneaker
Cariuma OCA Low Yellow Canvas Sneaker $103
Buckle Shoe
Ann Mashburn Buckle Shoe $295
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Navy and gold are so timeless together. Here, I’ve laid out some everyday styles (with a couple of dressier options) as a really classic shoe option. Gold is a straightforward way to instantly kick your navy up a notch.

Romano Rope Sandals
Nomadic State of Mind Romano Rope Sandals $118
Drogheria Crivellini Mary Janes
Alex Mill Drogheria Crivellini Mary Janes $150
Suzanne Rae Low 70s Sandal
Garmentory Suzanne Rae Low 70s Sandal $530
Tuesday Mule
Brother Vellies Tuesday Mule $495

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