Court shoes are a sleek and stylish footwear trend that is also exceptionally more comfortable than the conventional stiletto. However, like all shoe styles they simply won’t match perfectly with every outfit.
Here’s a look at the popular shoe style and some of the ideal outfit styles to match your new shoe purchase with.
What are court shoes?
These shoes are a popular and comfortable footwear choice for a range of outfits, from smart casual through to formal outfits. They are characterised by a low cut front, a pump heel and occasionally feature a peep toe.
They are often worn to match corporate outfits and are most popularly produced in good quality leather. Other terms for this type of shoe include a pump shoe; which is the most commonly used in America.
Why are these shoes so popular?
Court shoes are such widely owned and popular women’s shoe styles with good reason. They offer an excellent middle ground between the comfort and ease of a ballet slipper and the formality and sleek style of a stiletto heel.
It’s this versatility, which does not sacrifice style, which has made them an ideal choice for a range of social situations. It’s not uncommon to see them in an office environment, at a social gathering or at a formal occasion. While leather court shoes are the most popular style, they are also available in a range of fabrics and patterns to suit your unique tastes.
What outfits are best suited for them?
Court shoes suit a variety of outfit styles and the clothes you match them to will largely depend on the colour and material of the shoe.
Work shoes: black leather
Black leather court shoes currently available at a wide range of footwear retailers, are the classic work footwear style. They are perfect to give more formality to an outfit and elongate the appearance of your legs. They look ideal paired with a standard close fitting or flared work trouser. Teamed with sheer tights they are also ideal when paired with a pencil skirt and blouse combination.
Formal parties: nude patent
Court shoes in beige or nude colours have become exceptionally popular since they were spotted on the feet of Catherine, the Duchess of Cambridge. The popular fashion icon has often teamed cream court shoes with her classic emerald wrap dresses at a range of state functions. Because this type of shoes come in a variety of heel sizes, they are also available to taper off into a more formal stiletto style point. Other details like jewel encrusting or sequins also make them perfect to team with an elegant gown or frock.
Patent court shoes are perhaps the most common material for this look.
Casual events: bold patterns
Moving away from formal attire, court shoes can also complement casual attire. Those with smaller heels are a comfortable, yet elegant accompaniment to jeans and a top or vest. You can also opt for a more playful look by electing a bolder pattern, such as leopard print, or bright statement colours, like yellow.