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What Types of Shoes to Wear with a Sweater Dress?

Here are the different types of shoes you can wear with a sweater dress. Check out our helpful guide on how you can look stylish from head to toe with these great combos.

Two ladies wearing sweater dress and boots.

A sweater dress is a classic, cozy addition to any closet. This style of dress comes in a variety of colors, lengths, and styles. Pairing a sweater dress with the right shoes is important for creating a cohesive outfit.

As someone who has experimented with different unconventional sweater dress combos–yes, you can wear sandals with a sweater dress!–I feel qualified to share the best shoes to wear with a sweater dress. Read the article below to find out how to look stylish from head to toe with the perfect shoes to wear with a sweater dress.


For sweater (dress) weather, boots are a must. They keep our feet cozy and warm while upping the ante on style. Simple, edgy, or country chic looks can benefit from a pair of boots with a sweater dress. 

High Boots

Kenneth Cole New York Women's Levon Knee High Boot, Black Leather, 6 M US

A sweater dress is usually worn in the cooler months–fall, winter, and spring–so it makes sense to pair this style of dress with a pair of boots that can handle inclement weather. No one wants to march through the snow in heels. With high boots, you can navigate mud, snow, and puddles while keeping your exposed calves safe from dirt and water. A short or above-the-knee hemline will show off high boots, but a longer skirt works with high boots, as well. Give Seychelles Itinerary Knee High Boots a try with a sweater dress.

Combat Boots

Dr. Martens Tarik Gaucho Crazy Horse UK 3 (US Women's 5) Medium

Dr. Martens Tank boots are just one example of the many styles of combat boots that would add an edge to a humble sweater dress. Whether we are pairing a sleek bodycon sweater dress with these boots or a flirty fit-and-flare, combat boots are sure to turn up the cool factor for any sweater dress.

Cowgirl Boots

Laredo Womens Lucretia Studded Snip Toe Dress Boots Mid Calf Mid Heel 2-3" - Black - Size 10 D

If we want to give our sweater dress outfit a country vibe, cowgirl boots are the most sure-fire way to do it. To go all out, opt for a decorated cowgirl boot such as Laredo Womens Lucretia Studded Snip Toe Dress Boots. These boots will make you the coolest chick in a sweater dress at the square dance, county fair, or work.

Platform Boots

Stuart Weitzman Women's Highland Leather Boot Walnut 8 M

Platform Boots can add height, power, and pop to a sweater dress. For a night on the town, these boots will take a sweater dress to a whole new level of sensuality. Stuart Weitzman Highland boots are a great example of platform boots that pack a punch with their over-the-knee length and high chunky heel.


Keds Women's Triple Kick Leather Fashion Sneaker,White,9 M US

Sneakers can keep us comfy and casual, toning down a sweater dress for everyday wear. They can convert a girly sweater dress into a sporty look easily, as well.

High Tops

Converse Chuck Taylor All Star High Top Sneaker, Optical White, 12 Women/10 Men

Converse Chuck Taylor Seasonal Unisex Sneakers are a classic footwear option. The Converse-and-Dresses trend of the early 2000s can totally make a comeback and sweater dresses are a great way to rock this quintessential tomboy girl look.

Ballet Flats

Mystic Mary Jane Flats

Source: Free People

For an edgy take on the sweet and innocent Mary Jane flat, look no further than the Mystic Mary Jane Flats on Free People. These flats will pack the same rockish edge that a combat boot could create in a slightly daintier package, instantly converting a girly sweater dress into a rebellious look.

Vionic Women's Spark Minna Ballet Flat - Ladies Cap Toe Walking Flats with Concealed Orthotic Arch Support Black 5 Medium US

A plain black flat like Vionic Minna Black flat goes with literally everything–including a sweater dress. No matter the length of the sweater dress or the style, going back to the basics with a flat like this is a surefire pairing.


While it might sound surprising that sandals can pair with a sweater dress, a lightweight sweater dress can totally look great and feel great with a pair of strappy shoes. 

Steve Madden Women's Dina Bone Flat Sandal 6 M US

A strong sandal like Steve Madden Dina Flat Sandals in Nude Leather are bold enough to hold up to a thick sweater dress. A lightweight summery sweater dress could also pair well with these sandals. While it might seem counter-intuitive to wear sandals with a sweater dress, these shoes show that it can totally be done.

Journee Collection Womens Valentina Sandals Tan, 9 Womens US

For those who want to add a little height, Journee Collection Comfort Foam Valentina Sandals in Tan on Zappos offer a chunky heel and straps that stand up well to the thick look of a sweater dress, too. A maxi sweater dress in particular could complement these shoes very well. Since they add some extra inches to the wearer’s height, they let even petite fashionistas rock the maxi sweater dress, which has been gaining popularity these days.