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Red Shoes: Your Guide to Finding the Ideal Match

From bold and bright to understated and chic, there’s something for every style in the perfect shade of red shoes.

The versatility that the color red holds makes it a great color for mixing and matching. For some though, this can also hold them back from incorporating red into their shoes and wardrobe.

The challenge in wearing red shoes and clothes lies in wearing the color rather than letting it wear you—especially if you’re wearing it from head to toe, rather than as an accent color.

If you want to pull off an all-red statement look, it’s best to work your way up. Why not start with red shoes? It’s a great color that can fit any occasion: from casual outings, and smart business settings, to formal events.

Adding a new color to your wardrobe can feel uncomfortable at first. Level up your fashion game with bold and bright red shoes while staying extra comfy and well-supported with KURU footwear.

Elevate Your Style with Versatile Shades and Styles

Red shoes are a bold and stylish choice that can add a pop of color to any outfit. From bright fire-engine red to deep maroon, there are many shades of red to choose from, making it easy to find a pair that complements your personal style. Red shoes are available in different styles, including sneakers, pumps, and flats, making them versatile and suitable for a variety of occasions.

One of the benefits of red shoes is that they can make a statement and draw attention to your feet. They can be worn with neutral colors for a pop of color, or paired with other bold colors for a more daring look. Red shoes can also be used to create a monochromatic outfit by pairing them with different shades of red.

  • Explore red shoes with KURU Footwear.

Pair Your Red Footwear

Wondering how to style your red shoes? Our KURU GURUs outline the best ways to wear them below.

Red looks amazing, whether it’s worn on its own or with other colors. When styling your red shoes, the first thing to learn is which colors go best with red.

Color Combinations With Red:

White, black, and neutrals would always look chic and sophisticated with red. Examples of neutrals include grays, creams, and khakis. Wearing these colors offer an easy way to style your new red footwear.

An all-black or all-white outfit with bright red shoes is a classic pairing. This would work for both men and women and any occasion or style—from casual and athletic wear to business and formal events.

As for other colors, red looks best with navy blue, green, pink, and orange. It also pairs well with metallic colors, like silver and gold.

Match Red With Red:

Adding or wearing another red item to your ensemble is another easy way to match your red shoes with the rest of your outfit. It can be your top, pants, skirt, or jacket. If it has even a splash of red, then that makes it easier to match your red shoes.

If you don’t have any red clothes, then accessorize! Even small accessories can tie your red shoes together with the rest of your outfit. For women, this can mean a red pair of earrings, necklace, hair band, hair tie, or bag. For men, you can wear a red watch, sunglasses, bag, cap, or pocket square for formal events.

Casual Outfits With Red Shoes:

You can create a foolproof casual outfit using only a limited color palette. If you’ve got red and white shoes, then use those two colors for the whole ensemble. The same goes for black and red shoes.

A basic casual outfit built around red tennis shoes can be white a white shirt, black pants, white socks, and a denim jacket. This look would work for both men and women, though you can opt for skirts or rather than pants if you prefer.

For a more colorful, casual look for men, try pairing red running shoes with green or khaki shorts, a blue button-down, and invisible socks. For a cute yet casual date outfit for women, you can wear red flat shoes with a flowy pink skirt, a white tank top or t-shirt, and a jean jacket.

Office Outfits With Red Shoes:

For smart-casual office wear, guys can pair red tennis shoes with khaki pants, a plaid red button-down shirt, and white socks. If you’re looking for a more feminine option, you can wear a gray power dress and a white blazer or a black leather skirt and white blouse with red shoes.

Another great business casual outfit would be dark blue jeans, a white shirt, a black suit jacket or blazer, and red and white shoes. Changing the white shirt to pink, green, orange, patterned, or multicolored shirts would also look great.

The best way to wear red shoes is to do so with full confidence! If you’re feeling low on confidence or self-esteem, draw power from the color itself. Emulate confident fashionistas wearing red and, as they say, fake it ‘till you make it.

Shoe Care Tips

Follow these simple tips to keep your red shoes looking their best for years to come.

  • Always check the material or fabric used for the shoe before proceeding with cleaning and washing. The most appropriate cleaning method depends on the shoe uppers. Canvas, mesh, and leather red shoes have different cleaning requirements and washing precautions.
  • While some fabric red tennis shoes and flats may be safe to put in the washer in a delicate or slow wash setting, we highly recommend checking the manufacturer or brand’s care instructions first. Many discourage fully submerging shoes in water or putting them in the washer.
  • For most types of shoes, the basic cleaning materials you will need are a mild or gentle soap-and-water solution, an old yet soft toothbrush or shoe brush, and soft towels or cloth. Rather than soaking the shoes in a tub of water, just brush or wipe the dirt away. Wet the cloth with the soap solution and use it for stubborn stains, particularly on fabrics. Use a clean, non-soapy damp cloth to remove any soap residue.
  • Red shoes made of patent leather can be cleaned with only a thorough wipe using a damp cloth or paper towels. Genuine leather, on the other hand, requires a horsehair brush to get rid of any dust, dirt, and dried mud. Alternatively, you can also use saddle soap or a mild soap solution with a damp cloth. Don’t forget to apply leather conditioner afterward to keep the shoes looking and feeling great.

With these tips, you can keep your red shoes clean and looking their best for longer. Take care of your shoes, and they’ll take care of you!

The Color Psychology of Red

Learn more about the meanings behind the colors we wear and how we can craft the perfect color palette to accomplish our goals.

When worn, vibrant red shades are used to show dominance and power, evoke passion, and attract interest. The color red can easily make you stand out from the crowd and give you a boost in self-esteem and self-confidence.

Since red is a naturally eye-catching or highly visible color, it is often used for signs and lights. It is used to mean to slow down or stop, often warning people of potential danger.

Red is a naturally evocative hue. In color psychology, it is considered to be one of the most powerful colors, able to provoke the strongest emotions in us. It can also affect our bodies physically. Studies show that red can increase our heart rate, raise blood pressure, and enhance metabolism.

Red can also be seen as a color of luxury, royalty, or higher social standing. This is why many of the most luxurious cars, royal capes, and welcoming carpets for celebrities and distinguished guests are all red.

Many people with outgoing or extroverted and strong personalities favor the color red. Conversely, people who want to become more confident tend to include red in their wardrobe.

Individuals who favor red can also be seen as impulsive, natural leaders, optimistic, and competitive. They are considered to be fighters and go-getters, though it can also be a sign of hot tempers. Red also represents charming, charismatic, and energetic people well.


  • What should I wear with red shoes?

    If you’re having trouble deciding on an outfit to go with your red shoes, you can simply go for clothes in colors that look good with red. These include white, black, navy blue, green, pink, orange and khaki.

    Any of these colors look great with red. You can try pairing them with each other or wear a monochrome outfit with all red shoes. Another easy way to wear red shoes is to wear something else that’s red. This can be a skirt, shirt, jacket, jewelry, or other accessories.

  • Can I use custom orthotics with with KURU shoes?

    Due to the anatomical shape of the KURUSOLE, custom orthotics with a rounded heel fit best inside our shoes. If the underside of the custom orthotic (the part that sits on the footbed) is squared off, then it may not fit into our deep heel cup—which is rounded like your foot.

    That said, many of our customers tell us the KURUSOLE technology offers better support and stability than they expected, and that they don’t need to wear their custom orthotics with KURU shoes.

  • How is the arch support of KURU shoes?

    KURU shoes deliver excellent arch support without the need for thick inserts or expensive, custom orthotics.

    Superior arch support starts with our patented KURUSOLE technology, which delivers natural cushioning and dynamically hugs your heel with every step. Every foot is unique, and our ULTIMATE INSOLES adapt to fit your needs by using your own body heat to custom-mold to the shape of your feet over time.

    The corrective nature of our superior arch support is designed to neutralize your weight distribution and place your foot in the best anatomical position. This support can take some getting used to. We suggest slowly breaking in your new shoes over the course of 2–3 weeks.

  • I just received a pair of your shoes and my feet are sore/hurt after wearing them. Why is that?

    Some customers experience tenderness when they first start wearing a new pair of KURUs. That’s ok! Your body may need time to adjust to the new levels of anatomical support you experience with our patented KURUSOLE technology. Our shoes are also designed to mold to your unique foot shape, which takes a bit of a break-in period.

    To help mitigate this, we suggest you follow our break-in procedure, including wearing your KURUs for a couple hours per day around the house in the first couple of weeks as they break in and form to your foot.

Key Considerations Before Making a Purchase

Discover the perfect pair of red shoes to add some excitement to your wardrobe! Don’t know where to start? Let us guide you through the process of finding the right shade and style for you.

While bright and bold red shoes are a fan favorite, they might not be the best choice if you’re new to daring colors. Instead, consider the equally popular red and white shoes or darker, muted shades of red for a more subtle look.

If you frequently wear suits and formal wear, red shoes coordinate best with navy, white, beige/cream, and gray. In other instances, these colors may not pair as well with red.

To choose the best shade of red for your skin tone, take into account your undertones. Fair skin tones with cool undertones should opt for vivid and dark reds like cherry, ruby, and blood red. Golden-skinned or fair-skinned individuals with warm undertones can rock deep red shades. Medium skin tones pair well with red-orange hues and deeper reds. Dark skin tones have the luxury of wearing almost any shade of red, from bright berry to luxurious burgundy.

Lastly, ensure that your red shoes provide ample comfort and support for all-day wear. Consider trying out KURU footwear for a perfect combination of comfort and style. Don’t wait any longer to add some excitement to your wardrobe with a pair of stunning red shoes!

Three Layers of Support

At KURU, we pride ourselves on our unique approach to shoe design. We believe that shoes should be shaped to fit the natural contours of your feet, which is why we create every pair in three distinct support layers, not just an insole.

Our revolutionary ergonomic design starts with a curved footbed and adds unparalleled triple-layer support that includes shock-absorbing KURUCLOUD, heel-cupping KURUSOLE, and arch-supporting ULTIMATE INSOLES. The result? Shoes that are so comfortable you’ll stop thinking about your feet.

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  • How KURU brings relief


    Our patented KURUSOLE is the middle layer—the hidden gem in KURU shoes. It may not be visible from the outside but it offers amazing benefits for your posture, gait, and overall foot health. The KURUSOLE comfortably cups the heel and flexes with every step to ensure the fat pad is kept in place. Thanks to this, the heel is protected from wear and tear as well as cushioned from heavy impact.

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Great Support, My Go-To Shoe! I’ve had these Kivis now for a year and a half (mine are black with red trim) and have loved them. We recently went on a tour of cities in Europe and I took these Kivis and my Quantums to do the walking tours, all day walking around old cities. I was so happy that my feet were comfy and supported and I was able to enjoy the tours without worrying about my plantar fasciitis. The Kivis have particularly wonderful arch support! Thanks again KURU. Now, how about some cute sandals for the summer in a WIDE size?? Please!!!!”

Maven in the Making

EmpireSteel-Black-Basalt is my favorite Chicane! This is the 4th pair of Chicane’s I’ve owned. I put them on and immediately loved them. I do Zumba regularly, so I’m working these babies. They totally upped my dancing game. . I wear a soft orthotic with these, to give my flat feet a little more support. Each model Chicane fits differently, I’m glad I’ve had the lighter pair JetBlack-CardinalRed, for warmer weather, Smokestack Black for cooler. These new EmpireSteel-Black-Basalt hit a sweet spot, and are perfect in every situation & environment.”

peter from nyc

Atom. I bought a pair of the red, white, and blue Atom shoes. I’m still in the process of breaking them in but can tell a significant difference when I’m not wearing them.”



Sharp looking, great support. This is my second pair of chicanes. Love the support, the soles are very durable. the black and red make a Sharp looking shoe will pass for a dress up occasion☺”


Pain Relief. I have 3 pairs of Kivi Wide (black, red, gray) and I want the navy as well. These shoes hold my foot in place, which keeps the plantar fasciitis from ruining my walking and standing. No pronating means comfortable walking/standing which makes such a difference.”


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