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Best Gold Strappy Heels

best gold strappy heels
from top to bottom: 27 Edit Naturalizer $120, Cordani $225, Patricia Green $229, Naturalizer $62.50

Gold strappy heels can be cheesy, dated, or prom-y if selected poorly. But the best gold strappy heels are versatile shoes that can last you years. I am still wearing my favorite gold strappy sandals that I purchased nine years ago. Not an exaggeration. I purchased my strappy gold babies on April 4, 2014. I have had to take them to Gilbert’s Shoe Repair a couple of times, but they are still going strong. I now wear them sparingly to ensure they make it to their 10th birthday. In honor of my gold sandals’ birth month, let’s check in with your strappy gold heel situation. I doubt you have what you need. As mentioned, many gold sandals and gold heels suck. Below are strappy gold heels that definitely don’t suck, whether you’re looking for gold strappy kitten heels, block heels, stilettos, or gold strappy heels with a low heel. Enjoy!

The Best Gold Strappy Heel

best gold strappy heels
27 Edit Naturalizer $120

The best gold strappy heel is a soft textured medium gold with minimal shine. Think matte leather.

While there can be varying degrees of straps and at different parts of the shoe, you really can’t go wrong with gold ankle strap heels — you know those heels with a simple gold strap just around the ankle, like the pair featured above. They’re deliciously simple and elegant.

Ideally, your gold strappy heels have a strong heel versus a stiletto look, which is relatively dated for gold heels right now. If you are drawn to the mirror gold look (shiny and reflective) make sure it has less material and shows a lot of skin. I call this a “naked” shoe. You will notice there are mirror gold sandals featured below, but the straps are thin. They are the epitome of a strappy gold heel, aka lots of skin and less shoe. Also, keep in mind that mirror gold doesn’t last long. It will start to peel after a year or so.

The Iriss Ankle Strap Gold Sandal by 27 Edit Naturalizer sandal is available at Nordstrom, Zappos, and Naturalizer.

Best Gold Strappy Kitten Heel

best gold strappy kitten heels
Larroudé $315

This Larroudé Mini Annie sandal is such a perfect example of a modern gold kitten heel. It is available at Nordstrom and Larroudé.

Best Gold Strappy Block Heel

best gold strappy sandals with a block heel
Cordani $224.95

This Cordani block heel gold sandal is comfortable, versatile, and less flashy than our other gold goodies. This should work in almost anyone’s wardrobe. It’s available at Nordstrom and Cordani.

Gold Strappy Heels To Avoid

strappy gold heels
Sam Edelman $130 $89.90

There is a fine line between a cheesy gold strappy heel and the right one. Unfortunately, the stores provide far too many of the bad gold goodies. Here are the traits to avoid:

  1. Too much reflective gold material (ie: thick straps, enclosed toes, etc)
  2. Super yellow gold
  3. Bronzy gold
  4. Kinda rose gold

I get so irritated by the “kinda” rose gold color. It’s not really gold, but it’s not really rose gold either — ack! It ends up pairing with next to nothing! Pictured above is a beautiful shoe with all the right things going for it, and from its online photos it may look like the ideal golden hue. But then you get it home and you realize the Sam Edelman Wilson Sandal is not gold and it’s not rose gold. Blast!

In case you do have the few items that pair with this mysterious shade of gold, the Sam Edelman sandal is available at Nordstrom, Zappos, Sam Edelman, Bloomingdale’s, Macy’s, and Anthropologie.

What To Wear With Gold Strappy Shoes

what to wear with gold strappy sandals

When you think of gold strappy heels, a lot of women think of formal wear. It is true, just this week I was recommending gold strappy heels for a client’s bridesmaids, but gold sandals, heeled or otherwise, can be worn with so many different everyday outfits. Here’s how I like to pair each style of gold shoes with:

  • Gold flat sandals can go with everything from chic shorts and medium blue jeans to wide-leg pants, skirts, and casual dresses of any length.
  • Gold stilettos are best for formal wear and midi dresses
  • Strappy gold block heels in a more muted gold shade can be worn with jeans, wide-leg pants, and some dresses.

Last thing! Always wear gold jewelry, like gold stacking rings or a gold necklace, when wearing gold strappy heels, gold sandals, or any gold shoe.

What Colors To Wear With Gold Shoes

best gold strappy sandals with a low heel
Angel Alarcon $150

It depends on the colors and texture of the gold, but in general, gold heels and gold sandals can be worn with:

  1. Emerald Green
  2. Orange
  3. Deep Purple
  4. Plum/Eggplant
  5. Most Dark Blues, like navy
  6. Rich Tans
  7. Warm Reds
  8. Black
  9. Gold (I love to pair a gold dress with gold heels!)
  10. Prints that incorporate any of the above colors
  11. Any print or garment that has gold in it

What Not To Wear With Gold Heels

what not to wear with gold

First of all, you don’t want to wear dressier strappy gold heels casually. Gold heels don’t really do the “ironic” thing. Here are the looks and items that never really seem to work with gold heels or gold sandals:

  1. Cut-off shorts (like the picture above)
  2. Athleisure
  3. Distressed denim
  4. Light wash denim
  5. Joggers (even dressy joggers, it rarely seems to work)

Gold is a warm color that thrives with rich tones. Generally, it looks best with warmer tones, so you want to skip pairing your new strappy gold heels with cool or bright tones like:

  1. Lavender
  2. White
  3. Neons
  4. Pink
  5. Pastels
  6. Yellow
  7. Super muted/dirty tones
  8. Super bright colors

The colors listed above go best with silver sandals. A “white” silver pairs beautifully with brights, whites, and cut-off shorts.

Best Strappy Gold Sandals

gold strappy slide heels
Patricia Green $228.95

We will update this post regularly as I collect more of the best strappy gold sandals available. Listed below are my honorable mentions…

Inez Lulu

best strappy gold block heels
Inez $248

Bernardo Belinda Metallic Ankle-Strap Sandals

best strappy gold heels
Bernardo $185

These sandals are available at Neiman Marcus, Zappos, and Anthropologie.

Cole Haan Alyse Braided Heeled Sandal

best strappy gold heels
Cole Haan $160 $109.97

These sandals are available at Nordstrom Rack, Macy’s, Zappos, and Saks Off Fifth.

Stuart Weitzman Vacay 35 Block Slide

best gold strappy slide
Stuart Weitzman $495 $347

French Sole Gold Siel Sandals

best gold strappy slides
French Sole $198

Talbots Capri Metallic Leather Sandals

best strappy gold sandals
Talbots $99.50

Margaux The City Sandal

best strappy gold block heel
Margaux $395 $229

Frances Valentine Kiki Mini Dot Heel Platino

best gold strappy sandals
Francis Valentine $478

J.Crew Lucie Slingback Block-Heel Sandals in Metallic Leather

best strappy gold sandals
J.Crew $228 $109.50

Sarah Flint Perfect Block Sandal 30

best gold strappy sandals with a block heel
Sarah Flint $550

Steve Madden Cappo Sandal

best gold strappy sandals with a block heel
Steve Madden $89

These gold strappy sandals with a block heel are available at Zappos and Amazon.

Chinese Laundry Women’s Rubie Dress Sandal

best gold ankle strap heels
Chinese Laundry $27.58-103.29

Lizbett 42 Gold

best gold strappy block heels
Lizbett $140

Naturalizer Thena Ankle Strap Sandal

gold strappy heels 3 inch
Naturalizer $125 $62.50

These gold strappy sandals have a 3-inch heel and are available at Nordstrom, Naturalizer, and Macy’s.

Patricia Green Palm Beach Slide Sandal

gold strappy slide heels
Patricia Green $228.95

Kate Spade New York Palm Springs Sandal

best gold strappy sandals with a low heel
Kate Spade New York $198

These gold strappy sandals with a low heel are available at Nordstrom, Saks Fifth Avenue, Bloomingdale’s, and Kate Spade.

J. Crew Lucie Strappy Block-Heel Sandals in Metallic Leather

best gold strappy sandals
J. Crew $218

Anne Klein Matilda Strappy Sandal

strappy gold heels
Anne Klein $89

These gold strappy heels are available at Nordstrom, Zappos, DSW, and Macy’s.

Veronica Beard Abriella Ankle Strap Sandal

strappy gold heels
Veronica Beard $350 $189.99

These gold strappy heels are available at Saks Off Fifth, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Nordstrom Rack.

Strappy Gold Sandals From Years Past

Kate Spade

I originally wrote this post on strappy gold heels and sandals years ago and update it regularly due to its popularity. I’ve left these photos below for nostalgic purposes. Whenever I update older posts, I love to hold on to a collection of images as a bit of a time capsule so we can watch how our style evolves.


Dolce Vita Women’s Sachi Sandal


This picture of my client was taken as part of the outfit creation portion of my services. This picture was published with my client’s permission. No client photos are used on V-Style without the client’s consent.

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