Best Blue Shoes Reviewed & Rated
Of all of the shoe colors available today, blue is the most unique. It’s the only ‘earthy’ color that is rare in its existence; blue eyes in humans are uncommon, blue flowers generally exist synthetically, and few animals are blue. Shades of blue were largely absent from human history until recently and, aside from Egyptians, there were no other ancient cultures with the ability to create blue dyes; nor did a word for blue exist in any other ancient languages. That’s why, in conjunction with this history lesson, we’ve compiled for you the best blue shoes currently available.
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Some Half Sizes Available
Absoptive Rubber Outsole
Textile Sock Liner
- Tretorn Nylite Hi7
- Santimon Floral
- Crocs Isabella
- Puma Suede Classic
- Adidas Gazelle
- Ralph Lauren Ranger
- Sam Edelman Felicia
- Ollio Ribbon
- ElegantPark Crystal
- Timberland Heritage
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
10 Best Blue Shoes
1. Tretorn Nylite Hi7
Some Half Sizes Available
Absoptive Rubber Outsole
Textile Sock Liner
Back to sneakers! The Tretorn Nylite is a high-top sneaker, similar to the Vans Sk8-Hi, but with more fashionable flair. The blue of the Tretorn Nylite is almost navy but more vivid — so let’s call it midnight blue. Matching shoelaces give the Nylite sneaker a streamlined look that’s only enhanced by the brown logo accents, the tan outsole, and bronze eyelets.Read more
Tretorn is a shoe brand established in Sweden at the end of the 19th century. As with most shoe brands with a storied history, you can expect to receive a quality shoe. In that respect, the Nylite doesn’t disappoint. The Tretorn Nylite features plush suede uppers with top stitching, smooth leather gullwing accents, and a rubber sole.
Aside from a padded collar and absorptive 100% rubber outsole, the Tretorn Nylite also features an environmentally friendly textile sock liner. The lining is made of high-performance EcoOrtholite, which helps to reduce the carbon footprint your shoe leaves behind. That makes the footbed of the Nylite sneaker vegan, even if the rest of the shoe isn’t.
2. Santimon Floral
Some Half Sizes Available
Non-Slip Rubber Sole
Lightly Padded Collar
There’s always room in the closet for another pair of Oxfords. The Santimon Floral is an Oxford of the most classic and formal kind, featuring minimal broguing. Nevertheless, these dress blues will add pizzazz to any outfit, formal or not.Read more
The Santimon Floral oxford has smooth and shiny patent leather uppers, which is what gives the shoe an almost iridescent look. The pattern is a mix of navy and midnight blues with a touch of sparkle as well. The broguing, of which there are precious little, curves into a floral pattern along the sides of the shoe. Also, the Floral has a fashionably pointy toe and a balancing 1” heel.
Despite its classic formality, the Santimon Floral is a shoe that still keeps coziness in mind. The Floral has a lightly padded collar (like many shoes in this style) and a similarly padded insole. Both the insole and lining are soft leather that’s designed to be breathable yet form-fitting. Additionally, shoelaces offer a further customized fit.
3. Crocs Isabella
True To Size
Good Arch Support
Easy To Clean
Not Good In Wet Weather
With the multitude of styles that Crocs now have available, it’s hard to go wrong with them. Case in point, the Crocs Isabella flat. Boasting a peppy turquoise blue, the Isabella flat is an ideal summer shoe. However, if turquoise isn’t your favorite blue, the Isabella is also available in a deeper ‘blue jean’ shade.Read more
In the Crocs Isabella, the 1990s have come around again. The Isabella is a jelly flat; its uppers are made with soft and flexible Gemlite material and overlays a classic foam Croslite sole. A dainty floral rose pattern is laser-cut into the upper and, for an added boost of femininity, these flats have a moderate peep-toe. Also, a tiny 1.75” heel adds height without a noticeable feeling.
Lightweight and translucent, the Isabella flat is a shoe guaranteed to minimize hot and sweaty feet. The rose pattern cut into the upper, together with the open toe, makes for natural ventilation throughout the shoe. As is easily suspected, however, these flats don’t have much in the way of protection from water. Additionally, for comfort in every step, the Crocs Isabella has pronounced massaging nubs along the padded footbed.
4. Puma Suede Classic
No Breaking In
True To Size
Moderate Arch Support
Hard To Slip On
The PUMA Suede Classic is a classic style sneaker and an easy choice for a blue shoe. It features a lightly padded insole, a textured and sturdy outsole, and traditional lacing for a customized fit. They also feature the classic PUMA styling that is classic and casual.Read more
Look no further for a perfect casual season shoe. The PUMA Suede Classic is a suede, sky blue upper, decorated with a classic white stripe. Along with a padded collar and tongue, you will have a very comfortable fit.
The PUMA Suede Classic is a sneaker that can be worn with just about anything — jeans, leggings, slacks, or even skirts. The soft textile lining means that the Classic can be worn without socks if desired and with no compromise in comfort. Transitioning from day to night should be no problem either.
5. Adidas Gazelle
Half Sizes Available
True To Size
Light Ankle Support
The Adidas Originals Gazelles are your typical Classic Adidas sneakers. Though the Gazelle's design is inspired by the classic Adidas shoes, the vibrant blue-upper gives just the right amount of modernity and enhances the appeal of these sneakers. The white-trimmed outsole pops against the rest of the monochromatic navy blue upper, which includes the shoelaces and eyelets.Read more
Light footbed padding and a padded collar come standard on the Adidas Gazelle sneaker and provide overall comfort. For increased shock absorption, the Gazelle features a thick and flexible rubber sole. Extended lacing from the top of the shoe to the ankle provides an easily customizable fit. Plus, the Gazelle sneakers are an all-weather blue shoe — they’ll even keep you warm in the winter. Not many sneakers can carry such a claim.
Adidas shoes are known for their construction, a traditional high-heat method of assembly. The Gazelle sneaker is no exception and the signature Adidas Tre-foil logo. These sneakers also feature reinforced toe caps to withstand repeated activity. Additionally, these Gazelles are durable enough to be machine washable.
6. Ralph Lauren Ranger
Half Sizes Available
True To Size
Rugged Rubber Sole
Ralph Lauren is one of many brands that are nearly synonymous with luxury and luxury is exactly what Ralph Lauren brings to the Ranger. The hue of the Ralph Lauren Ranger is listed as ‘Newport Navy,’ but it’s closer to slate blue. Also unlike many of the other options in this guide, the color of these boots is smooth and matte yet somewhat weathered.Read more
Since it’s both a casual boot and a hiking boot, the Ralph Lauren Ranger is a versatile blue shoe to own. To its casual ends, the Ranger has moccasin toe stitching, an adjustable vamp strap, and rawhide leather lacing through bronze metal eyelets. The supple leather upper is water-resistant but not waterproof. Also, the Ralph Lauren logo detailing is prominently displayed across the shaft of the boot.
The Ralph Lauren Ranger is still a hiking boot despite its contemporary styling. This is most evident in the thick, rugged rubber sole which contributes to stability and improved traction. True leather welting keeps the upper and sole together and, like many quality shoes, the Ranger is handsewn. And with a leather lining and padded insole and collar, the Ranger has comfort in spades.
7. Sam Edelman Felicia
Wide Widths Available
Feels Like Slippers
Roomy Toe Box
The Felicia from Sam Edelman is the kind of flat that is fancy despite being low on embellishments. Simply, the Felicia has an embroidered Sam Edelman logo near the heel and a small logo charm at the toe. That’s it. And though named ‘Sterling Blue,’ these flats are a deep indigo color rather than the pastel blue that’s implied.Read more
There’s more to the Sam Edelman Felicia than just the soft velvet and leather upper that’s especially appreciable without socks. Primarily the Felicia has a thickly padded insole — exactly 4mm worth of cushion! — For utmost comfort. Also, the Felicia has an abrasion-resistant insole and lining, which helps minimize premature flattening of the footbed padding.
The Sam Edelman Felicia flat is a dreamy blue shoe to wear. First, the uppers are a richly silky velvet and lined with soft leather. The elasticized collar makes these flats easy to slip on and off, while the round-toe silhouette emits a classically tasteful vibe. The velvet of the Felicia is slightly shiny, as well, enhancing the overall plush look of the shoe. Finally, these flats feature an adorable mini stacked heel.
8. Ollio Ribbon
Some Half Sizes Available
Extra Heel Caps Included
Looking for blue (faux) suede shoes? Don’t sleep on the Ollio Ribbon pump, then. The Ollio Ribbon is a definitive merger of sexiness and maturity with its 5” stiletto heel. Having a somewhat hidden 1.25” platform, however, means that the Ribbon isn’t an entirely intimidating shoe. Toe support pads are shipped to you alongside the Ollio Ribbon for further comfort.Read more
The Ribbon from Ollio is a perfectly sophisticated navy blue pump. The Ollio Ribbon is named, quite aptly, for the delicate bow — in matching suede — accentuating the shoe. The Ribbon features a moderately-sized peep-toe and a wide, Mary Jane-style strap. The deep blue of the uppers is contrasted with a shiny gold synthetic lining. Additionally, the Ribbon has side zippers for easy wearing.
The Ribbon from Ollio is made of soft faux suede for the uppers and simple rubber for the sole. For comfort, the insole is slightly padded yet stiffly supportive as well. The side zipper, combined with the strap, adds a secure feeling and mild ankle support.
9. ElegantPark Crystal
Extra Heel Cushions
No Wide Widths
The Crystal from ElegantPark is an ideal formal pump. The ElegantPark Crystal is significantly less casual than the Ollio Ribbon but is guaranteed to stun onlookers just as much. You’ll cop a quick height boost with the covered 4” heel and .5” platform. That also makes the Crystal a shoe that’s easier to walk in, as it will feel less like a 4” heel and more like a 3.5” heel.Read more
The draw of the ElegantPark Crystal is the silver leaves laid across the vamp and partially up the side of the pump. The silver leaves are then inlaid with sparkly rhinestones and connect with small chain links. The chain links are also sewn to the shoe upper for extra security.
A sleek stiletto silhouette and a single-sided d'Orsay cutout is the essence of the ElegantPark Crystal. Vibrantly silky navy blue satin uppers are contrasted by a soft white textile lining. The Crystal also features a modest peep-toe for an added dose of sexiness. As a bonus, these pumps are handmade.
10. Timberland Heritage
Extra Wide Widths Available
Vintage Timberland Style
Moisture-Wicking Leather lining
Thickly Padded Footbed
Now for a navy boot that is also waterproof, see the Timberland Heritage. The Heritage is a work boot first, fashion boot second. Made of treated waterbuck leather, these boots are deep in hue, almost blue-black. Waterbuck, by the way, are antelope found in the savannahs of sub-Saharan Africa.Read more
Part of what makes the Timberland Heritage an excellent blue boot is the built-in anti-fatigue technology in every pair. The midsole and footbed of the Heritage uses an inverted, geometric cone-shaped support for extra shock absorption and long-standing relief. And further still, the shock absorption of the Timberland Heritage is increased by the thick, genuine rubber sole.
Components of comfort are found all over the Timberland Heritage work boot. Starting with a standard padded collar, these boots also feature lacing for a customizable fit. Inside of the Heritage is a naturally moisture-wicking leather lining and a thickly padded footbed. As a matter of fact, there are 400 grams of padding in the insole — almost a pound!
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Throughout this guide, we’ve showcased several shades of blue. Despite some of the wide variations, all of those hues are recognized as blue. In this section, we’ll go over how the blues we chose for this list came to be.
‘Sky blue’ is a shade that specifically resembles (and references!) the color of a high noon sky. It is considered a tone of azure, the color of the sky on a clear day. Sometimes, ‘sky blue’ is referred to as ‘celeste,’ which is Italian in origin. There are also French and Spanish versions of the ‘sky blue’ hue — meaning, perhaps, that the sky isn’t the same blue everywhere in the world.
The color of ‘navy blue’ is derived from the dark blue worn by officers in the British Royal Navy since 1748. Other navies of the world have adopted this dark blue color for their uniforms, so at one point ‘navy blue’ was known instead as ‘marine blue.’ Also, according to some military forces, ‘navy blue’ is a shade of black.
Named for a gemstone of the same color, turquoise is a vivid and bright blue that is sometimes likened to ‘sky blue.’ On the color wheel, turquoise is considered to be a 70/30 split of blue and green. Turquoise is one of the blue hues that can also be considered green. Also, a fun fact: ‘turquoise blue’ is a different shade than turquoise — it’s bluer.
‘Denim blue’ isn’t a color either. Denim is just a type of fabric. Instead, the color of denim is indigo, one of the first natural dyes and also one of the first dyes to be synthesized. Used throughout all of human history, there are garments dating back 6,000 years that have been dyed with indigo. Synthetic indigo, on the other hand, only came about in the late 19th century.
‘Slate blue’ is a hue of blue that can be described as greyish-blue. It’s considered restful and calming. ‘Slate blue’ entered the English lexicon in the 18th century and is also considered a basic HTML web color. It has also become a popular shade in home decor. Slate itself is a bluish-grey (or greenish-grey) rock often used for roofing tiles.
With most shoes, the main question that you’ll find an individual asking is whether or not the shoe is stylish. Will it make them look cool when they go out and decide to rock it with their favorite outfit? Will it make them look uncool if they go out and try to rock it with their favorite outfit? Knowing that this runs through many individuals minds when they’re shoe shopping, it became almost a necessity for us to make sure that the shoe’s style was considered in this guide. Several things go into actually evaluating the stylishness of a particular shoe though. For these, look below.
A shoe’s ability to provide one with adequate comfort when in use is probably one of the most important things to search for. No one, and I mean no one, wants a pair of shoes that feel incredibly uncomfortable when in use. The shoes can look as cool as can be but, if they don’t have designs that incorporate cushioning and breathable materials, it can be kind of hard to actively wear the shoes. With that being said, comfort is one of the qualities that the shoes on this list were vetted for the most; a shoe is nothing if it’s difficult to wear it.
The first thing people look at when shopping for new shoes is often the brand. While brand name doesn't always dictate the quality of the shoe, it often is an indication of what to expect when it comes to the other criteria mentioned above, like durability, comfort, and materials used.
When we looked at options for this list, we kept in mind brands that are known to take comfort and durability seriously because it's of the utmost importance when you're walking on a hard surface like concrete.
You might notice that many of the brands are top brands from companies that have a reputation everyone knows. With that being said, be sure to look at all of our options, whether they are big names or not, because they are great choices when you want to make sure your feet are well taken care of.
The price of a shoe can sometimes be a deal breaker. That’s part of the reason why footwear manufacturers invest time and energy into creating cost-effective technologies to incorporate into their shoes to make them durable, long-lived, versatile, and inexpensive.
Durability & Longevity
Footwear, usually, lasts more than a few months, because shoes that are going to fall apart after a few months of use aren’t worth the investment of more than a few dollars. Leather and synthetic overlays can be used to make the shoes more durable without sacrificing flexibility. Firm leather or synthetic uppers provide durability and support.
Great footwear can be used for more than one activity. Walking and running shoes, for example, can be used in some casual sports. Stylish athletic footwear could be used in informal work environments. Sandals can be used in casual and semi-formal settings. The more situations you can use the shoe in, the more value it offers for the price.
Good footwear is easy to maintain and clean. They don’t require a lot of expensive shoe treatments or time-consuming upkeep. Shoes that need a lot of effort, time and money to maintain, don’t sell as well as shoes which are easier and cost less to keep.
As mentioned earlier, removable inserts in footwear make it customizable, but that’s not the only bonus to removable inserts. Removable inserts increase the longevity of the shoe, which is why some come with removable inserts.
A hefty price tag can be a deal-breaker for people on a budget. That’s why many can be found in the low-to-middle price range. They’re affordable, and if they are priced a little higher than others, then they offer many features to make the footwear worth the extra investment.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
We all hate when our favorite pair of colored footwear start to show signs of fade, like when your royal blue shoes begin to look more like baby blue. To help keep the longevity of the rich color tone in your favorite pair, be sure to properly store them away from direct sunlight or heat.
Blue is one of the most versatile colors to pair with a variety of hues, patterns, or themes. Nautical theme ensembles utilize loads of whites, tans, and blues, so you can pair these perfectly with that kind of attire. Bright blues are easily paired with a navy dress or navy pattern, and navy shoes can go great with reds, browns and oranges. Experiment with your wardrobe to find a new favorite look!
Other Factors to Consider
Yet, despite its fairly recent introduction into art and fashion, blue is a highly favored color. It’s a hue that’s associated with calmness, honesty, and wide open spaces — as well as sadness, loneliness, and melancholy. Blue is also associated with richness and royalty. There are dozens of blues to choose from and there’s no wrong way to wear it.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Can blue shoes be polished?
Absolutely! Though the most popular shoe polishes come in black and white, blue shoe polishes in a multitude of hues exist. Navy blue is a common shade of blue polish and the one most likely to be found in a local store.
q: What colors should I wear with my blue shoes?
While there is no limit on the color combinations you can pull off with blue shoes, there are a few basic schemes that can complement them. Pairing blue shoes with white garments is a no-brainer, although you should still tread carefully — combinations involving stripes or dark blues can potentially conjure up an unwanted nautical look.
Neutrals and earth tones such as green and brown pair well with blues, as well as the ubiquitous black. Most blues also pair well with other blues, much like siblings. That being said, don’t be afraid to wear your blue shoes with contrasting colors like orange!
q: Where did the first blues come from?
Before the advent of synthetic blues, blue hues were created from plants and minerals. Indigo and woad plants were used to create the blue dyes for cloth and tapestries. On the other hand, blue pigments (such as those used in art) were derived from crushed minerals like lapis lazuli and azurite.