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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, pastel Pumas and even metallic kicks from Sam Edelman 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
Wildflower Cutout 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 ASTR The Label is perfect for contrasting with kicks.
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. Perfect for stocking up on sneaks as we return to the real world of going-out again.
2. 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.
Esplar Suede-Trimmed Leather Sneakers
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 from Veja feels slightly more fashionable than your normal ole’ pair of sporty sneakers.
3. Solid Wrap Dress + Color-Blocked Kicks
Zyla Puff Sleeve Wrap 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 Showpo looks like it belongs in a TikTok video, so style it with coordinating color-blocked sneakers for Gen Z appeal.
Mayze City Lights Sneakers
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. This pair from PUMA is a total dream. Just look at all those pretty hues on that balanced white base!
4. Black Maxi + Neon 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.
574 Sneaker in Black with Cloud Pink
When shopping for your first pair of neon sneakers, look for ones with a white or black base and colorful accents instead of going full-on bright. This option from New Balance works perfectly to dress down your black frock.
5. Femme Puff Sleeves + Chunky Dad Sneakers
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 Selkie 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.
6. White Dress + High Top Kicks
Openwork Embroidered Dress
White dresses are a year-round essential in my opinion, but dressing them down is imperative. Trust me when I say that sneakers are the move! You may be tempted to style yours with equally-understated white low-tops, but I say go high for a bit of contrast.
Lester Mid-Top Sneaker
Pairing a femme dress with high-tops is so girl-next-door in all the right ways. These Vintage Havana kicks don’t feel too sporty, so they’re a great match.
7. Bodycon Mini + Metallic Kicks
Comeback Baby Black Bodycon Mini Dress
For a great It-girl approved going-out look, try styling a simple LBD with a pair of shiny or metallic sneakers. I mean, what are metallic sneakers if not a more comfortable version of stilettos, right? The key here is to choose a black mini dress that isn’t too formal, so your outfit doesn’t look mismatched. This long-sleeved bodycon pick goes up to size 3X, so virtually everyone needs it for their next night out.
If you don’t already own a pair of metallic sneakers, you need some in your life ASAP. They feel a bit more dressed-up than your usual black or white pair and can totally be worn when you and your besties head out on the town. This pair from Sam Edelman comes in a few metallic shades, so take your pick.
8. Neutral Dress + Animal Print Sneakers
Linen-Blend Ribbed Sweater Dress
A neutral midi dress is a wear-everywhere piece that your wardrobe is probably missing. It’s basically a blank canvas in terms of styling, so feel free to have a little fun with your accessories when you wear it. Try styling it with a pair of animal-printed sneakers for some funky flair—this knit dress from Banana Republic will go with just about any pattern that you choose.
Orchid II Africa Genuine Calf Hair Sneaker
Cheetah or zebra-printed shoes feel unexpected, but can still totally read as a neutral if you pick the right colorway. They are already pretty bold thanks to the pattern, so there’s no reason to go wild with bright colors, too. This pair from Gola isn’t entirely covered in a print, so it still looks low-key.
9. T-Shirt Dress + Classic Converse
Shoulder Pad T-Shirt Dress
Tumblr from 2014 called—it wants its outfit back! This laid-back look was huge on the Internet back then because it had punk-rock appeal while still feeling wearable IRL. You could just wear a massive T-shirt and look totally fine, but buying a dedicated T-shirt-style dress will keep any wardrobe malfunctions at bay. This dress from endless rose comes in a few colorways, so feel free to pick your fave.
Chuck Taylor All Star Core Hi Sneaker
You can’t go wrong with some classic Converse, right? They remain on-trend year after year (and look a little better after they’ve been worn through the dirt a few times). Style your mini T-Shirt dress with ripped or fishnet tights if you really wanna look edgy, but this outfit also looks fire with a pair of bunched-up white mid-calf socks.
10. Button-Front Dress + Slip-On Sneakers
Terra Faux Leather Mini Dress
In order to make slip-on sneakers look more cool and less art-teacher-from-middle-school, try wearing them a shirt dress or other button-up style for an elevated take. A chunky sneaker might seem weird with such a classy look, so a slimmer slip-on is perfect! The elevated details on this faux-leather dress will make this easy sneaker option look more dressed-up, too!
Patchwork Floral Classic Slip-Ons
Slip-ons are the epitome of comfort, but that doesn’t mean that they can’t be cute! These Vans feature a trendy patchwork print that complements the brown tones of the dress.