Traditional and Alternative: Best Shoes for the Homecoming Dance

Traditional and Alternative: Best Shoes for the Homecoming Dance

Homecoming is more than just a celebration of academia, tradition and football – it’s an opportunity to put the bells on and show the world a glimpse of your personality and style. While your dress or suit lays a strong foundation for your ensemble, your choice of shoes and accessories is what really puts your outfit over the top. When it comes to kicks, you can keep it timeless, reliable and classic – or opt for quirkier choices sure to leave a memorable stamp.

Tried-and-True for Ladies

If you’re the type who likes to keep things elegant, strappy high-heeled sandals – particularly well-suited to warm-weather homecomings – won’t let you down. Pair the asymmetrical, subtly glittered straps of Nansi’s black dress sandals with a time-tested piece, such as a little black dress and a few strings of pearls. These black straps are versatile enough to flatter everything from a matching lacy sheath dress to an ethereal flowing gown. For a touch of classy art deco, pair them with a cream-colored A-line and a skinny black belt.

Keeping It Classy for Men

Guys just can’t go wrong with a pair of loafers, like Cade’s black leather slip-ons. In terms of versatility, this shoe is the real homecoming MVP. If you go the traditional suit route, they’ll pair swimmingly with black, charcoal, silver, solid blue and navy colors, just to name a few. For a dressed-down look that keeps things classic in warm weather, sport your slip-ons with slim chinos in a black or cool tone, and match them with a pair of suspenders, a skinny tie and a fitted button-up. Details like a cushioned footbed and elastic goring panels keep you grooving through the night.

Alternative Gals

If “sleek,” “edgy” or “powerful” are words that pop into your mind when you picture your ideal homecoming outfit, consider a pair of black, suede-like Brianne Booties by Fergalicious – their aggressive heels, slick buckles and visible zippers bring a bit of rock n’ roll to the equation. Be bold with Brianne Booties and a thigh-cut graphic print dress, or grunge it up a bit with a plaid-patterned flare-skirt dress and cropped black leather jacket. No matter what you choose, the well tractioned outsoles let you work the dance floor.

Quirky Guys

It doesn’t matter where you’re from or how old you are, Chuck Taylors never go out of fashion. To go against the grain in style, create some contrast by donning a slim-fit suit and matching All Star Low Tops with your square tie – it makes for a look that’s a little rockabilly and a little retro-cool new wave. Chucks span the whole rainbow, so you can always find a pair that matches your get-up, shows your team spirit or, for an extra-thoughtful touch, complements your date’s dress.

References

Teen Vogue: The Best Homecoming Looks from Our Most Stylish Readers
Thomas Worthington High School: Homecoming: What to Wear
Nordstrom: Homecoming His Way: 2 Looks for Guys

About the Author

Daniel Ketchum has been a professional writer since 2003, with work appearing online and offline in publications such as USA Today and Bazooka Magazine. He fashion background includes years of experience selecting, designing and fabricating theatrical wardrobe, as well as designing film wardrobe and serving as a costuming assistant on the sets of short and feature-length films.