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How to Wear Leopard Print Shoes


The leopard print shoes trend seen on Dita Von Teese, Mischa Barton, and a model at Fashion Week
Leopard print shoes on Dita Von Teese, Mischa Barton, and the street | Photo Credit

Here at CF, we’re big believers in the idea that leopard is a neutral. That’s why we’re incredibly excited about one of this season’s hottest trends: leopard print shoes!

But while we’re solidly leopard-obsessed, we know not all of you are. Many of you have expressed uncertainty about rocking leopard accessories in the past, so today we’re going to demystify the art of rocking leopard shoes – they’re easier to pull off than you think! If you’re up for the challenge, try getting inspired by one of these looks:

 #1: Night Out

How to wear leopard shoes with a black dress
Dress, Clutch, Shoes, Polish, Lipstick, Bracelet

Since leopard print is so attention-grabbing, you don’t need to go crazy with the rest of your outfit. A pair of printed pumps are perfect with a little black dress for a night out. Keep your accessories simple – with such statement-making shoes, you don’t want to look too flashy! Try completing your look with a bold bag to provide a pop of color: This will prevent your outfit from looking too boring. Red goes great with leopard print (especially if you really want to stand out), so it’s always a safe option.

#2: Dressy/Casual

How to wear leopard print booties with shorts
Bag, Shorts, Top, Shoes, Necklace

Create a ’60s/70s-esque look by pairing rocker-inspired leopard booties with black velvet shorts. A salmon top is a great alternative to a more neutral-hued piece when you want to stand out in a crowd. Finally, a large shopper bag makes this outfit great for a huge range of occasions, from going to class to hitting up the new arrivals at your favorite boutique with friends.

#3: Daytime

Outfit idea: Leopard print flats for day
Shirt, Shoes, Cuff, Jeans, Blazer, Necklace, Bag

Many people think that leopard print is only appropriate with attention-grabbing outfits, but this look proves the opposite: You can absolutely wear leopard print while still looking polished and put-together. Pink denim is another trendy look this fall; these pink jeans look awesome with leopard flats! Burnt orange and navy go great with the light pink – and the leopard – and the color scheme will really put you in the mood for autumn.

#4: Coffee Date

How to wear leopard print booties with a sweater and dress
Sweater, Shoes, Dress, Necklace, Bag

Leopard print goes great with burgundy and plum hues, and this chunky burgundy sweater is the perfect piece for layering over a slip dress – you’ll stay warm and fashionable! Pairing an oversized top with a skinny, flashy heel (like these leopard ones) is a good way to tone down the shoe and make it appropriate for many different occasions.

What do you think?

What do you think of leopard print shoes? Are you gonna pick some up, or do you own some already? How do you wear your leopard heels? Which outfit is your fave? Let us know!

Posted on on September 27, 2011 / Filed Under: Fashion Tips / Tags: , , , , , , , , ,

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31 Responses to “How to Wear Leopard Print Shoes”

  1. 1
    September 27th, 2011 at 6:10 pm

    Haha you know what’s funny? Mine just came in the mail today!

  2. 2
    September 27th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    I don’t think I’d wear leopard print heels, but I don’t wear heels in general. I’ll definitely be picking up some flats soon though!

  3. 3
    September 27th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

    I just got the most awesome pair of leopard print TOMS. This gives me some good ideas on what colors to pair them with!

  4. 4
    September 27th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

    I just wore my leopard print flats today!

  5. 5
    September 27th, 2011 at 7:56 pm

    I love both of the casual looks!

  6. 6
    September 27th, 2011 at 8:26 pm

    Yes! I’m completely obsessed with leopard print shoes — or leopard print anything for that matter. I firmly believe that leopard print is a neutral. :)

  7. 7
    September 27th, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    I would wear leopard print flats with black cropped pants and a flowy cream blouse. Not so sure about heels.

  8. 8
    September 28th, 2011 at 12:47 am

    Looks 2, 3, are my favs, and I love the boots in look 4! I’ve wanted a pair of leopard print ankle boots for a long time, and of course leopard print flats are sooo versatile. Cute post, thanks for the inspiring outfits! :)

  9. 9
    September 28th, 2011 at 1:49 am

    bought my leopard print flats two weeks ago and can’t wait to wear them! leopard is such a neutral.

  10. 10
    September 28th, 2011 at 1:54 am

    Second outfit is my FAVE! I’m obsessed with leopard print, I definetly need to pick up a pair of leopard print shoes! :)

  11. 11
    September 28th, 2011 at 7:56 am

    I’ve never caught the leopard print bug – it’s not that I don’t think I could pull it off, just that I don’t ever want to.

  12. 12
    September 28th, 2011 at 12:18 pm

    I do have leopard print heels in white and i wore them with the Indian traditional attire,the sari! N it was really great receiving all those compliments for an unusual combination :)

  13. 13
    September 28th, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    My whole room was covered in leopard print when I was younger! I still love the print, but in much smaller doses. I don’t have animal print shoes, but I’ve been wanting a pair of ankle booties like 2 and 4. I could definitely see myself wearing an outfit like 2.

  14. 14
    September 28th, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    I wanna try those leopard chunky heels!

  15. 15
    September 28th, 2011 at 3:19 pm

    I LOVE the daytime look. I recently bought a pair of leapord flats and now I know exactly how I want to wear them.

  16. 16
    September 28th, 2011 at 11:49 pm

    I am obsessed with leopard print shoes. I have leopard print flats, oxfords, thigh high flat boots, and moccasins. I would probably buy any kind of shoe with a leopard print…

  17. 17
    September 29th, 2011 at 4:56 pm

    Target had a pair of leopard print flats last year for $18.99 – i like them with jeans and a white T and faux leather moto jacket.

  18. 18
    October 2nd, 2011 at 7:12 am

    I <3 this! Leopard is TOTALLY a neutral. I've got the addict blogs to prove it! great post!

  19. 19
    October 2nd, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    I love wearing my leopard flats with dark jeans… go-to errand outfit!

  20. 20
    October 3rd, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I love all of these looks! I really like to pair some leopard heels with a splash of read somewhere, like red jewelry, a red shirt, or a red belt.

  21. 21
    October 3rd, 2011 at 11:59 pm

    I love leopard print. However, I have never worn it, and I’m currently obsessed with tracking down the perfect tiger print shoes. Just to be alternative to the current leopard trend.

  22. 22
    May 28th, 2012 at 9:43 pm

    Will a navy blue shirt match with cheetah toms?

  23. 23
    March 9th, 2013 at 7:30 am

    Love the ‘Daytime Look’ I already have the flats and I’m gonna try to recreate it for my little sisters birthday party today! :) so cute!

  24. 24
    April 23rd, 2013 at 3:35 pm

    Absolutely love the day time look! That outfit would go great with my pair of leopard Chinese Laundry “Dazzle Me” wedges. Thanks for the great suggestions!

  25. 25
    December 29th, 2013 at 7:12 pm

    I just love leopard. I find it to be very sexy. Just got some new leopard heels by Glenn shwartz. new ideas on how to wear it. Can’t wait to pair it with other colors.

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