You really have no excuse not to get yourself at least a pair of animal print shoes—whether it´s a snake print or a leopard print. While it´s easy to cross the line and look matronly in a leopard print coat, or look dull and boring in a snake print dress, you can ease your way to embracing your wild side without appearing pushy with animal print shoes, whatever print you choose (even if it´s zebra or jaguar print!).
If you´ll ask me how to wear animal print, I´ll tell you that there are MANY ways. But for this post, I´m going to focus on just one, and that´s toning down the print. Of course, animal print shoes are already less loud that they require less toning, so I´ll also show you how to use subtle complements.
Warning: This is a long, well-exhaustive post.
1. Cut Away Snake Print Stilettos
The moment you team this bright print pleated skirt with the black beaded top, your first impulse is to complete the look with black heels, which is actually elegant. But the thing is it´s also very much predictable.
To make things surprising, ditch the black shoes and opt for this pair of pink combo snake print leather stilettos. The pumps match your skirt, so even if there´s a print clash, it´s subtle.
2. Red Animal Print Kitten Heel Court Shoes
Still wondering how to look wild to the office? Get this pair of snake print kitten heels in red—do you know how powerful it is? And comfortable too!—team it with this two-tone style pencil skirt dress. The result commands, not demands, respect.
3. Leopard Print Block Heeled Court Shoes
This leopard print court shoe is a little old school, isn´t it? Well, for this look, we don´t want to exert too much effort to make it a cross from class to modern, instead, we´ll embrace old school style, but in a good way.
So go ahead, style your leopard court-ies with a two in one—white shirt + little black—tunic dress. Very classic!
4. Block Heeled Platform Court Shoes
Let´s keep your black and white monochrome really exciting, okay? Let´s take some jacquard trousers with flattering slim fit teamed with a sexy turtle neck sweater, topped with a pair of color blocked snake print platforms.
To wear it to the office, add a black slim belt and a tailored black jacket. To wear it to a party on a not-chilly-night, opt for a black sleeveless turtle neck.
5. Snake Print Over the Knee Boots
This look is very much the seventies, and I love it! Take a classic white button-down shirt, a black leather A-line skirt, and an over the knee snake print boots in brown. It´s okay to choose a brown leather bag to match your shoes, after all, there are already three basic colors in this look.
6. Multi-Color/Print High Heeled Stiletto Sandals
Wearing a whistles black dress, with a modern contemporary style—oversized, figure-skimming fit, wide elbow-length sleeves, high-neckline and high center slit at the back—can be gut-wrenching to some.
When you carry it, the waiters won´t call maám, but madam. You got to stand straight, push your shoulders back, and look tall in a pair of dramatic multi-print/color combo stiletto sandals featuring snake print detailing. The highlight on your toes.
7. Leopard Pony Hollywood Chain Detail Stiletto Sandals
You would surely love the girly-boyish contrast of this pink fringe dress and oversized boyfriend cardigan. But you would love it more if you can show off those perfectly pedicured toe nails in a chain detailed strap sandals in leopard print.
8. Leopard Ankle Boots
This time, we´ll keep it casual but super chic and smart. Get a black and white jumpsuit, or romper, a nice black leather satchel bag, and some leopard print ankle boots with chain detailing.
9. Leopard Pointed Flat Sandal
This is a casual and cozy look, something I´d wear when hubby and I are casually hanging out in our fave Italian restaurant on a weekend afternoon. Keep it in gray, black and animal print. Statement complete.
10. Snake Print + Green Combo Tassel Sandal
It´s another dramatic pair of bright colors + snake print combo. It´s so delicious I could eat it. If you´re reading this blog for long, you can quickly spot this style strategy I am so known for—pick a color from the busy shoes, and let it be your solid color for the rest of your outfit, except the clutch.
11. Leopard Print Kitten Heels
Here´s a really nice look for you on late fall and early winter. Can you resist the glamor of a black dress coat? How about teaming it with a smart black bag and a pair of leopard print kitten heel pumps? Truly irresistible!
You can wear this look to work or to evening gatherings. I´ll leave it to you to decide how you´d look after you shed off the topper.
12. Leopard Print Double Strap Stiletto Court Shoes
You can never go wrong in a minimalist look, and it always works for work. I´m teaming here a white paneled boyfriend top with a high-waisted trouser (tucked in, of course), and a brown satchel bag with double strap stiletto court shoes in leopard print and black.
13. Leopard Ballerina Pumps
Let´s meet-up for a Friday shopping episode, shall we? If you´ll be my happy co-camper, you´ll see me in this color blocked, relaxing tunic top, some leopard print ballerina flats, and a tan cross body bag. Sure I can also opt for a black bag, or a gray bag, but I chose to match my bag to my shoes` tan rosettes.
So what do you think? Have I convinced you now that animal print shoes are wardrobe essentials? Which of the above outfits fit your style?