What Shoes Should You Wear With a Poodle Skirt?

Add a modern touch to a poodle skirt with high heels.

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A poodle skirt is a lot of look, for sure. You can't walk around with a big dog hanging out on your outfit and hope for subtlety. So what kind of shoes should you wear with a poodle skirt? You definitely don't want to clash and make that little poodle upset. Whatever you wear, make sure to consider whether you want to wear socks or go bare. Poodle skirts and bobby socks were the go-to style at 1950s sock hops, and the look is still utterly cute today.

Saddle Shoes

Rock a totally authentic vintage look by pairing a poodle skirt with a pair of classic saddle shoes. This deliciously retro shoe design goes with poodle skirts like peanut butter goes with jelly. Even if you're unfamiliar with the name, chances are you've seen a pair of saddle shoes -- these black and white leather lace-ups were a fashion staple in the fabulous '50's, so if you've seen a movie set from that era you've probably seen someone wearing saddle shoes with a poodle skirt.

Tennis Shoes

Stick with another classic poodle skirt pairing with basic tennis shoes and socks. This doesn't mean super puffy athletic shoes -- you're not playing basketball or running a marathon. Instead, think plain and simple sneakers with a pair of thin white bobby socks folded over at the ankles. Anything goes as far as sneaker color -- you can opt for basic black or white, or sport a color that matches your poodle skirt.

Mary Janes

Want something more delicate and ladylike? Try a pair of Mary Janes. You know these shoes -- they're like a simple pair of flats with a strap across the top that buckles over on the side. Good 'ol Mary Janes have a cutesy, retro feel to them, so they'll look totally at home with a poodle skirt. Again, the color's up to you. Match your shoes to your skirt's poodle, or go for a pair of red Mary Janes for a pop of color.


Have fun with opposites by pairing an old-fashioned poodle skirt with a totally modern, super fierce pair of stilettos. Since poodle skirts are so undeniably precious and sweet, wearing some sizzling heels adds a bit of danger and sex appeal to the look. Try pairing that poodle skirt with a pair of shiny red patent leather heels, or go totally bold and quirky with animal print heels.

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