Have you ever put on a super cute pair of open-toed shoes that complete your outfit and you immediately regret your color choice of your last pedicure because they just don’t look good together? Same. To ensure you don’t run into this fashion dilemma again, there’s some key things to keep in mind.
First things first, make an inventory of your shoe closet. What color shoes do you have the most of? Some people tend to stick with more neutral shoe colors making it easier to match your pedicure to. However, if you’re one of the people who love a bold shoe color, no worries.
We’ll take the guesswork out of matching those open-toed shoes to your pedicure so you’ll always look on point and don’t need to scramble for that nail polish remover or change your shoes at the last minute.
Play it Safe With Neutrals
If you want to ensure your pedicure and your shoes are always matching, sticking with nude colors is about as safe as you can get. Nude literally goes with everything and looks good on any occasion. Find the perfect nude for your skin tone with the SNS color finder. We recommend choosing a nude 1 or 2 shades lighter or darker than your skin tone for the best effect.
Go Bold with Contrasting Colors
There’s no need to ditch color if you want to wear colorful open-toed shoes. For a beautiful bold look from the ankle down, stick to complementary color schemes. For example, if your shoes are red opt for a bold purple polish. Pastel shoes can work with pastel toes or bright colors. But bright shoes just scream to be paired with another bright toe color for the most dramatic effect. Bonus points if you can incorporate a matching piece of jewelry or belt the same color as your toes. This will really let those toes pop!
Here are our recommendations for the boldest color combinations:
- Fuschia or Pink Shoes: Teal or Turquoise
- Red shoes: Anything in the Blue family, ranging from Blue-greens to Blue-purples
- Turquoise shoes: Corals and Oranges or Bright Purples
- Yellow Shoes: Many options including Bright Orange, Greens, Blues, Purples, Reds
- Blue or navy shoes: Pinks and purples
Avoid certain combinations that can be jarring, such as red shoes and green toes, unless it is Christmas time.
Matchy-Matchy with Monochrome
Another way to ensure your shoes are always matching your pedicure is going for a monochromatic look. This is basically using the same color but in a different shade, tone, or tint. For example, if your open-toe shoe is a deep purple, opt for a lavender polish for the perfect monochromatic style.
Alternatively, we love an analogous color scheme. In this case, the color wheel is your best friend. This is when you pick two colors that are directly next to each other on the color wheel. The proximity of the two colors make them look similar yet contrasting enough to make it interesting. For example if those open-toed shoes are red, choose a magenta polish. This is a great rule for clothes too!
The simplest way to ensure you’re always matching your shoes, go for that sports pedicure. — A simple buff and maybe some clear polish and you’re ready to go! Some people may find it difficult to go au natural on their toes, but a French pedicure is a great alternative. You’ll never have to check if you’re matching! We love a low maintenance, effortless look.