Gracey on Printed Shoes

Today I want to talk about printed shoes. I was actually hesitant to try printed shoes because I was afraid they’d be less versatile than non-printed shoes. But, I have fabulous news; Printed shoes are very versatile! And fun! So, you  know, win-win.


Seeing as animal print is practically a neutral, animal print shoes are probably the easiest to wear. Personally, I like to pair mine with other prints. (And, apparently, pleated skirts.)

black pleated skirt, floranimal blouse, leopard wedges & skinny belt

vintage scarf print blouse, black pleated skirt, black tights, patent NW belt & animal print booties

Animal print is also great with solid colors, both brights and other neutrals.


Snake is another easy, practically neutral print that’s very easy to wear in a shoe.

white jeans, yellow blouse & gray snake shoes

 hot pink crops, gray sweater, agate necklace & snake platforms

Snake is especially easy to wear if you chose a neutral print but don’t be afraid of bolder snake prints as well.


Houndstooth was a big trend last fall/winter and I, for one, was happy to see it. Houndstooth is fun and, I think, also very easy to wear. I prefer to pair mine with strong, solid colors.

flame cords, turquoise sweater & houndstooth flats

burgundy BR cords, lemon yellow sweater, cherry red belt & houndstooth flats

But, houndstooth works equally well with neutrals, adding a just enough oomph to a neutral outfit.

Colorful Prints

If you like to inject color into your outfits with a bright shoe, I’d recommend using a bright, printed shoe. They work just as well.

checked pants, graphic ON blouse & tangerine print NW flats

silk paisley blouse, polka dot skinnies & blue leopard flats


How about you, Already Pretty Friends?  Do you wear printed shoes?  Do you have a favorite print?


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Already Pretty contributor Gracey hails from from Fashion for Giants. She’s essentially your average blogger, except that she’s taller than average (six foot) and bigger than average (size 14). She also likes to think that she’s more amusing than average, but that could just be vanity. In addition to being tall and plus-sized (and possibly hilarious), she’s also a thrift store shopper, a vintage lover, an Oregonian, and a bike commuter.

Likes: Gracey likes to shop, to blog, and to terrify her co-workers with brightly colored outfits.

Dislikes: Robot uprisings, too-short skirts, and leggings as pants.

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9 Responses to “Gracey on Printed Shoes”

  1. déjà pseu

    Gracey, love all of your shoes, and great tips for styling them. I’ve come to believe that leopard and snakeskin prints function almost as neutrals, and go with everything.

  2. Sam

    I love those blue ones in the last picture, and I like the picture above as well – particularly the pattern shoes with the striped pants. Well played.

    My favourite is stripes. I’m going to be so sad when the stripes thing is over.

  3. Mia

    Most of my shoes are not only solid, but uninterestingly shoe-colored (black, brown, etc.), so I haven’t played around with combinations like these much. I DID, however, just get a pair of parrot-printed Keds in the mail (!!!) and I’m going to wear them aaallllll summer.

  4. Kelly

    I have what are referred to at work as “the famous orange shoes.” They are a Nine West ballet flat with a fabulous abstract VERY orange on white print. Every time I wear them people compliment. I always tell them I was just the only person brave enough to buy them! They go especially well with dark denim.

  5. Jess

    I LOVE shoes with prints and I totally agree that they are very versatile. I am actually kicking myself for not buying a really great pair of mint & floral flats that I tried on. Went back and they were out of my size, boo.

    I am thinking I’m going to have to get these print ballet flats instead.
    Plus, they’re 20% off. Can’t beat that! I think they’re having the 20% off sale on all womens shoes.

  6. Artsy in Boulder

    I love printed shoes, though I don’t see many of them (beyond leopard). I do indeed wear them, and have a pair of blue ikat-print espadrilles that have proven very versatile.

  7. Brynn

    Girl, I LOVE printed and colored shoes! They’re a great way to spice up a wardrobe. I have a couple pairs of leopard print shoes, a gray tweed pair, and a floral pair of sandals that I can’t wait to wear when it gets warm out again 🙂

  8. Cassie

    I think printed shoes are fantastic and can be very versatile as you showed so well! I love the houndstooth with bold colors. I definitely treat python as a neutral and see it as adding texture and interest to a look rather than really being a print. Great post!