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It’s one of fashion’s coolest combinations: sneakers and dresses. Sure, heels are pretty—and often worth the pain—but sneakers allow you to walk around all day and night without having to soak your feet afterward. Plus, sneaker styles become more fashion-forward than ever and look seriously incredible with all types of dresses (whether it be mini, midi or maxi). If you’re not yet an expert on pairing the two items, though, we have a few sneaker and dress outfit ideas to help inspire you. Each idea is totally shoppable, too, so if you’re realizing that your closet is lacking in both dresses and sneakers, we got you. Just thank us when your hot AF Instagram photos go viral.
There’s truly nothing so cool as a sneaker and dress street style look—and thankfully, it’s really easy to create this type of outfit. While plenty of sneakers are made solely for running, there are so, so many that are both fashionable and functional (along with some that are only fashionable—But if you’re not going on a run, who cares?). Whatever the original purpose of your favorite sneaker, there’s a high chance it looks good when paired with a dress. Chunky FILA sneakers, color-blocked Air Force 1s and even classic white vans that all play so well with dresses of all lengths, styles and patterns. So, let’s get some outfit inspiration, shall we?
Below, you’ll find a few different sneakers and dresses outfit ideas ready for you to copy. Whether you recreate the look with your own clothes or shop the items we’ve rounded up, you’re sure to look all kinds of cool. With this easy outfit formula, you’ll be a street-style maven in no time.
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1. Patterned Midi + Solid Kicks
Alice Floral Midi Dress
Wearing a long dress with a pair of simple sneakers is the best way to look cool in no time at all. This lightweight floral frock from Francesca’s is perfect for contrasting with kicks. Plus, it’s 30 percent off.
Air Force 1 Sage Low Sneakers
When styling sneakers with a longer dress, you want to choose a pair that makes a statement under all that fabric. These from Nike perfectly complement the pink petals in the floral print—plus, they’re only $100 bucks and Nike Members get free shipping and access to all the newest stuff on the website.
2. Solid Wrap Dress + Color-Blocked Kicks
Megan Mini Dress
Making a statement is the name of the game this season, so try wearing multiple colorful shades at once to master the vibe. Yes—I know it’s a lot of color in one outfit. But honestly, what’s the fun in wearing only black or white? Pick one color from your shoes and wear a monochrome dress in that shade for the best look. This puff-sleeved mini dress from Revolve looks like it belongs in a TikTok video, so style it with coordinating color-blocked sneakers for Gen Z appeal.
Air Max 90 SE Sneaker
Everyone needs a pair of colorful sneakers in their collection. Why? Because they instantly make even a very simple outfit feel a whole lot more fun. These colorful Air Force 1s are a total dream. Just look at all those pretty hues on that balanced white base!
3. Black Maxi + Subtle Accents
Vent Cotton Dress
Give your basic black midi dress a very 2021-inspired refresh by styling it with a pair of bright neon sneakers. While any black dress would look amazing here, try one with cutouts for an edgy twist. This cotton dress from Mango has a major midriff moment.
When shopping for a pair of neutral sneakers, look for ones with a subtle color accent to add a touch of flare. This option from New Balance works perfectly to dress down your black frock.
4. Femme Puff Sleeves + Chunky Dad Sneakers
Charlene Puff Sleeve Mini Dress
I am all about wearing fun silhouettes this summer. Take, for instance, a puff-sleeved mini dress! But in order to stay true to my low-key roots, I’ll be styling my mini dress with a pair of super-chunky sneakers to add some edge and wearability. Try picking up a puff-sleeved dress that comes in a ditsy floral pattern like this one from Revolve does for a cool sweet-meets-edgy outfit combo.
Disruptor II Sneaker
In the world of dad sneakers, there is one simple rule: The bigger the platform, the cooler the shoe! A chunky AF sneaker will make even the sweetest of dresses feel a little more fashionable this summer. This best-selling pair from FILA fits the bill thanks to its sporty shape and thick sole.
5. Printed Slip + Crisp White Sneakers
In a world of plain black bias-cut slips, why not have a little fun? A printed slip works for either day or night, but adding a pair of freshly-cleaned sneakers makes even the most formal-feeling slip look a little more low-key. This leopard dress from Reformation is great for literally any occasion.
Vans Unisex Closed-Toe Trainers
If you want your footwear to feel a little more elevated this summer, opt for a sneaker style that has luxe details and a simple all-white colorway. This pair of Vans feels slightly more fashionable than your normal ole’ pair of sporty sneakers.