How To Pair Wine & Shoes: Advice From A Professional Sommelier

How to Pair Wine and Shoes

Being a sommelier isn’t easy: it requires constantly lugging heavy cases of wine up and down multiple flights of stairs, working grueling 14+ hour restaurant shifts late into the night, hiking through perilous, rustic vineyard landscapes--- and doing it all while looking sharp and stylish (after all, if you want to be taken seriously while selling vintage Brunello to affluent collectors, meeting top winemakers for fancy wine lunches, and hosting exclusive tasting events, you have to look the part!).

The biggest fashion challenge of any active, physically strenuous job is finding footwear that’s sufficiently stylish and comfortable, for marathon days where hardly any of your time is spent behind a desk. So when it comes to shoes, we here at The Lush Life have searched high and low for the perfect combination of fashion and function. And we have one thing to say: Aerosoles!

Ladies, trust: these kicks are a dream come true. Super cute, super comfy, and perfect for all-day-wear. And because wine pairings are what we do best, we are thrilled to team up with Aerosoles to show you how to find your ideal shoe style--- based on your favorite wine! Check out these perfect pairings..... (and pssssst..... we just found out all these fab styles are currently 30% off, so all you busy bossbabes need to stock up!)

Chardonnay + Classic Nude Platform Wedges


Chardonnay is the versatile, go-to wine that's perfect for pretty much any occasion. It's chic, crisp and refreshing, while being neutral enough to blend nicely into a multitude of occasions and events--- and, it's a real crowd-pleaser. For summertime, the fashionable footwear equivalent would be a can't-live-without-it nude platform sandal, like these classic Magnolia Plush platform wedges with a comfy elastic slingback strap ($59.99).

Sauvignon Blanc + Festive, Floral Print Slides


Zippy, bright, and zesty Sauvignon Blanc is a summertime staple: fun, fresh, and easy going, you can't deny that a good 'Savvy B' brings out a wine lover's sassy side. It's a citrusy, festive sipper that's pairs perfectly with afternoon chips & guac-fueled rooftop hangs, but transitions effortlessly into energetic, carefree nights on the town. These High Alert block-heel slides in a flirty, bright floral print have memory-foam footbeds--- making it easy to transition from daytime to dancing all night ($89).

Rosé + Dainty Embellished Ballet Flats


Rosé: light, fresh, floral, and feminine--- it's what we're sippin' on all summer long, from picnic dates to girlfriends' brunches and garden parties. You need a beautiful, ladylike flat for all sorts of alfresco activities, and gorgeous blossom-pink embellished ballerina slip-ons fit the bill perfectly, with a sundress or jeans. With leather rosebud and leaf detailing, these Do Good flats in pink are sure to be a warm-weather staple ($79.99).

Pinot Noir + Strappy Black Sandals


Pinot Noir is like the 'Little Black Dress' of wine: always understated, elegant, subtle and chic which keeps it classic year after year and always in style. Pair it with a black accented block heel with a sleek back zip and sexy ankle strap. The cork-covered heels not only evoke the wine lifestyle we so love--- but are a fun and current twist on a versatile classic. Pick up these High Hopes sandals that will take you from happy hour to dinner party ($79).

Prosecco + Gold Gladiator T-Strap Sandals


Prosecco usually means one thing: party time! The effervescent, super-quaffable bubbly doesn't ask to be taken too seriously; it just wants to be enjoyed with great food, friends, music and memories. As a pairing, pick shoes that sparkle sparkle sparkle! A glamorous, studded gladiator-inspired metallic wedge sandal makes a statement that's sure to turn heads at all your summer soirees. The Watermark sandal in gold is a fantastic accessory to all your flirtiest party dresses ($79.99).

All Photos: Rodney Oliver Banks

Special thanks to Aersoloes for sponsoring this post! 

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