Best Shoes With Red Bottoms Reviewed
Throughout history shoes with red bottoms have been synonymous with statements of power and aristocracy. The color red dangles an alluring air of mischievous elegance over the world of footwear. From Louboutin, to Yves Saint Laurent, to Nike and Cole Haan, it seems that everyone's making their own version of a red bottomed shoe.
We've gathered the best of the best, including stilettos, sneakers, boots and chukkas that'll set you apart in a crowd, all while keeping you comfortable, ensuring great durability and being suitable for a number of occasions.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 13 hrs of research
Patent Leather Upper
12 cm Stiletto Heel
- Christian Louboutin So Kate
- ASICS GEL-Kayano 25
- Cole Haan 2.ZERØGRAND Stitchlite Chukka
- Danner Mountain 600
- Air Jordan 5 Retro
- Adidas Swift Run
- Puma Suede Classic
- Havaianas Brasil
- Feetmat Athletic
- No.66 Town Stiletto
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Shoes with Red Bottoms
1. Christian Louboutin So Kate
Patent Leather Upper
12 cm Stiletto Heel
No list about red-bottom shoes is complete without a pair of Christian Louboutin’s. The So Kate is a staple for your closet, as it’s sleek patent leather shine and bold red sole kick up the prowess of any outfit, add a bit of power to business attire, and bump up the sexy for an evening out. And who better to bring that all together in one pair of stilettos than Christian Louboutin!Read more
Classic High Heel
Plunging arch makes this the classic kind of skyscraper high heel design, a true classic in footwear. Ample heel cup helps to keep you inside the So Kate, and a pointed toe gives it demanding attention. Stiletto heel raises 120mm for dramatic drop and pleasing foot point, sure to catch the eye of any admirer or shoe lover. Shiny patent uppers round off the look, in nude colors to more sophisticated patterns.
Patented Red Sole
Recently winning a legal battle to patent the stunning red sole design, Christian Louboutin’s claim to the iconic red sole is now legendary. With plenty of shades of red out there adorning high heels, there’s only one shade a pair of Louboutin’s need to draw attention to their iconic footwear, plunging arches, and stiletto grace. One look at the So Kate, and those around you will know just what designer you are strutting your stuff in.
Cost and Value
Retail for a pair of Christian Louboutin heels usually can cost a small fortune, but if you shop around, you’ll find the So Kate discounted heavily for the more popular colors of the model. Well worth the investment due to its legendary designer name and style, the So Kate is a great investment to shoe enthusiast's closets, and is meant for those who love the skyscraper stiletto look with that one of a kind red sole.
2. ASICS GEL-Kayano 25
Jacquard Mesh Upper
Forefoot and Rearfoot GEL Cushioning
ASICS High Abrasion Resistant Outsole
Moisture Managing Sockliner
No Wide Option
The best ASICS running shoe in the world (and one of the best overall), the GEL-Kayano 25 builds on a quarter of a century worth of experience and innovation, brining runners a pair of neutral road runners that are not just one of the top performing pieces of athletic equipment available, but also come in a design that’ll let you show off a bright red outsole made for athletes who know about good footwear.Read more
Made for Overpronation
If you find that you require footwear with more arch support than you get out of regular shoes, then this is an excellent choice. Not only does it employ a Dynamic DuoMax support system, but it combines it with the brand’s own extra lightweight Flytefoam midsole, as well as GEL cushioning in the forefoot and rearfoot areas. This means you’ll absolutely love wearing these, and not just during your morning jog.
A jacquard mesh upper that makes use of stretch is exactly what you need for the best possible fit. Not only will this shoe fit like a glove, it’s also extremely breathable and lightweight - perfect for hot summer months, while the Meta Clutch technology gives you a secure, locked in feel throughout the day.
Cost and Value
Above average when compared to other running footwear, the ASICS GEL-Kayano 25 will definitely set you back more than a regular everyday sneaker, but the features it offers more than make up for the higher price. If you opt for these, you’ll enjoy a superior fit, some of the best cushioning you can get in any pair of footwear, as well as great arch support that can even be improved with the use of custom orthotics.
3. Cole Haan 2.ZERØGRAND Stitchlite Chukka
Knit Upper with Leather Rind
Padded Sock Lining
Injected EVA Midsole
Unsuitable for Snow & Heavy Rain
One of the most impressive pairs of footwear on this list, the Cole Haan 2.ZERØGRAND is a waterproof pair of chukkas made in the brand’s own stitchlite material. Perfect for fall and spring wear, it combines a stylish boot design with the comfort of an athletic shoe and performance features that you can only get from a top brand such as this.Read more
The upper of this boot is made with a stitched, wool-like material that’s highly breathable and lightweight, yet won’t allow you to get wet in unexpected rain. Though it features extra padding to increase comfort, it’s not entirely suitable for extremely low temperatures, but is a great autumn/spring shoe nonetheless.
The first pair of Cole Haan shoes that combined an Oxford upper with an athletic outsole forever changed the industry, and this model continues in that direction. It makes use of some of the best shock absorption and energy return you can get out of any chukka, making it not just a stylish, but a comfortable option as well.
Cost and Value
While the cost of these is far from what you’d pay for a pair of Christian Louboutins, it’s still one of the higher on this list. This comes as no surprise, as what you’re paying for is more than just good looks - this is a shoe that actually performs well, and is a great choice for long days at the office, or for travel when you want to look great, but still prefer to avoid aching feet after miles of walking.
4. Danner Mountain 600
Rugged Suede Upper
Vibram SPE Midsole
Vibram Fuga Outsole
Comes in 2 Widths
Runs ½ Size Small
Tongue Isn’t Waterproof
The Mountain 600 by Danner was developed to address the need of a lightweight but highly functional hiking boot that would stand up to even the wettest conditions and slipperiest terrain. It makes use of some of the toughest suede for the upper, while using Vibram technology in the midsole and outsole to ensure a comfortable and secure fit that will last for miles and miles. Whether you’re a nature explorer, or want something reliable for the urban jungle, you’ll definitely appreciate this model.Read more
Danner Dry Lining
A rough abrasion resistant suede has been chosen for the upper of the Mountain 600, seeing that it’s both flexible and breathable, while still providing the required level of protection and durability you want out of a hiking boot. On the inside, a Danner Dry lining makes for a 100% waterproof barrier that won’t let moisture in, even in snow and rain.
Vibram Outsole and Midsole
The midsole for this model was developed with Vibram, using a combination of EVA foam and rubber, giving you a cushioned and lightweight ride that doesn’t flatten or wear out easily. On the outsole, you’ll find numerous self-adapting lugs that’ll allow for exceptional grip on all surfaces, including slick rock.
Cost and Value
Though higher in price than most pairs of footwear on this list, the Danner Mountain 600 comes at a reasonable price that you can expect to pay if you’re looking for quality footwear that you’ll be wearing for several seasons (even with heavy use). Due to the technological innovations, it’ll help you walk for longer, even in less than perfect conditions, without getting fatigued due to bulk or stiffness.
5. Air Jordan 5 Retro
Lacks Ankle Support
These low-top sneakers feature an upper made from fabric and leather materials, along with breathable mesh side panels. The Air Jordan 5 sees the first emergence of the translucent air unit sole at the back of a Jordan sneaker and is a stylish ride. The Air Jordan 5 boasts a padded collar and tongue for additional comfort and support, along with a traditional lace closure and plastic eyestays.Read more
The Air Jordan 5 Retro is the first Air Jordan basketball sneaker to feature a visible air unit along the back of the outsole. An air unit is a cushioning that provides added bounce to every step and utilizes a pocket cushion filled with air to produce excellent padding.
These Jordans feature a padded tongue and collar which provides additional comfort and support, as well as, an air cushion unit in the outsole. A traditional lace closure system makes for easy on and wear, while a breathable mesh side panel allows for proper airflow.
Cost and Value
The Jordan 5 is surprisingly fairly cheap especially considering the brand power behind these innovative shoes. You can walk tall and confident while wearing these stylish kicks.
6. Adidas Swift Run
Injection-Molded EVA Midsole
Minimal Heel-To-Toe Offset
No Half Sizes
The Adidas Swift is a comfortable running shoe that features a rubber outsole and a textile upper. It boasts an embroidered vamp and offers the wearer the feel of wearing nothing but socks. The Swift comes complete with an injection-molded EVA midsole that provides ultra-lightweight cushioning, along with supper comfy textile lining that allows for proper air flow.Read more
The Swift boasts classic Adidas styling and features an embroidered vamp and Adidas signature logo. These trendy running shoes are available in a bold red color and feature an even bolder red outsole.
Complete with an injection-molded EVA midsole that's both light and breathable, the Swift is one comfortable ride. It features a soft textile lining material that is ultra-comfortable and allows for adequate airflow.
Cost and Value
These Adidas shoes aren't going to cost a fortune to own a pair. They're relatively inexpensive and offer a cushioned walking experience that's easy on the feet. These shoes have a unique red sole that lets your individuality shine.
7. Puma Suede Classic
Solid Color Scheme
Traditional Lace Closure
Sizes Run Small
The Puma Suede Classic has spanned across generations and is still just as popular as ever. It boasts a suede upper on top of suede tooling and a rubber non-slip outsole. These low-top shoes are casual and effortless and will look good with any outfit.Read more
The Puma Suede Classic is available in multiple different colors including red, blue, wine, wine, and grey. It's a solid color shoe that includes an outsole of the same color as the upper.
The Suede Classic is an iconic shoe that's been around for generations. Even to this day, the classic is super-popular and stylish.
Cost and Value
These low-tops are a reasonably priced pair of legendary footwear. They offer an iconic style and comfortable wear for a price that's affordable.
8. Havaianas Brasil
Made in Brazil
Unsuitable for Long Walks
Runs Slightly Small
Probably the best pair of footwear you can wear on a hot day, at the pool or beach, the Havaianas Brasil logo flip flops are not just comfy and no-fuss, but they’re also one of the more stylish and recognizable models of such sandal available for purchase. With a low price tag, they’re affordable for almost anyone, and the color options are plentiful, giving you endless choices of what to pair them with for outfits that can go from beach-ready casual to slightly dressed up.Read more
Made with a secret compound of rubber that’s flexible and cushioned but won’t lose its shape in extreme heat, these flip flops are an excellent choice for long summer walks, especially thanks to the rice grain pattern on the footbed that’ll prevent your feet from sliding around - even when wet or sweaty.
Variety of Designs
While our favorite choice is the Brasil model with a navy strap and red sole, you can choose one of the many versions of the Havaianas flip flop, including those with slimmer straps, those with stylish embellishments, or even create your own design at one of their stores.
Cost and Value
With a low cost but of high quality, these offer great value to anyone who’s a fan of such footwear. You’ll definitely reach for these as often as possible, seeing that they’re very comfortable, lightweight, and look good with most outfits. However, a thing to note about any pair of flip flops is that they’re not the healthiest of footwear options, so for long hiking trips, we’d recommend something a bit more supportive.
9. Feetmat Athletic
Sizes Are Small
These Feetmat Athletic shoes are ideal for walking, running, travel, and exercise. They feature a lightweight and airy mesh upper and expand with the foot as you step down. The Feetmat Athletic offers a non-slip rubber outsole that allows for free range of motion. These shoes are comfortable and stylish with stable arch-support thanks to its supportive insole.Read more
These shoes are ultra-comfortable and offer a well-cushioned insole that provides solid arch-support. They feature a breathable mesh upper and expand with the shape of your foot as you step down.
The Feetmat Athletic shoe is ideal for wear with outdoor or indoor activities and is the perfect shoe for running and walking. Travel and move with ease in this comfortable and lightweight shoe.
Cost and Value
These are a low-cost pair of shoes that offer great support and comfort. The Feetmat Athletic is a versatile and lightweight shoe that will take you where you need to go.
10. No.66 Town Stiletto
Subtle Pointed Toe
Another staple high heel, but a bit more comfortable than our number 4 or 6 picks, the No.66 Town Stiletto is an Ombre style upper with 3.5-inch heel, making it a bit shorter and more comfortable to wear. Red sole can be found at the base of the forefoot but not the heel itself, and the rubber sole helps keep the shoe slip resistant. Pointed toe gives it that edgy appeal, but still keeps it sexy with stiletto grace.Read more
If you’ve been searching for that perfect pair of Ombre colored heels, look no further! From pink to white, red to black, or white to black, Ombre flair helps ring in the party with the No.66 Town Stiletto. Perfect for a pair of party heels or wedding shoes, they are sure to get compliments with their unique and colorful design. Uppers are designed from synthetic material, making them an animal friendly product.
The No.66 Town Stiletto has a subtle pointed toe, keeping a slightly wider toe box, which makes them easier to wear for longer periods of time without pain. A slight quarter inch platform helps add stability for walking, while rubber sole helps make them non-slip. Red sole graces the bottom of the forefoot, while the heel remains the color of the upper portion of the Ombre color fade. Unique in its look and style, it makes a quirky fun pair of heels to keep in your collection.
Cost and Value
By no means expensive on our list, it’s a great investment for a pair of funky Ombre style heels that have red soles. If you’ve been looking for something slightly more festive to wear out to nightclubs or for weddings, this pair has that individual flair you’ve been looking for.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
The style of a shoe is a way for us to express ourselves and to communicate who we are through our style. Shoes with red bottoms are another unique way to project our inner personality to the world through our choice of apparel. There are many types of shoes available that feature a red underside including:
We have included options from each of the styles above on our list to capture the broad spectrum of choices when it comes to shoes with red bottoms.
Materials are a big part of a shoe's construction, especially when it comes to the sole. If the sole is made from less than quality materials, it won't last very long, and before you know it, you'll find that your favorite red bottom shoes are in need of a new sole. Some of the best materials to look for when selecting a shoe based off of the durability of the sole are:
Polyurethane is a sturdy and long-lasting material for a shoe's outsole. This material will last for years if you use it regularly, however, if your shoes are only for special occasions once and a while, they PU material will fall apart quickly after just a couple of wears.
Rubber is one of the most widely used materials for the manufacturing of footwear in-part, because of it's superior grip on all types of surfaces, as well as it's waterproofing abilities. Rubber is durable and lightweight which is why is often chosen for the production of a shoe outsole. Thermoplastic rubber is a mix of polymers, usually rubber and plastic, that is incredibly stretchy and retains its shape very well.
Leathers are a widely used material for crafting shoes and is often used to construct the upper part of the shoes build. Leather material is weather-resistant, breathable, and long-wearing while also acting to wick moisture away from the foot keeping your feet cool and dry.
The comfort level a shoe offers is a very vital aspect that can be the cause or the preventative regarding foot pain, blisters, leg and foot fatigue, and a whole bunch of other related problems. There are certain aspects to look for in a shoe that will make it much more comfortable, but these aspects vary based on the style of shoe being considered. The following are styles of shoes and what comfort-related elements to look for in each:
When it comes to shoes with red bottoms, there are specific brands which stand out above the rest. Take Louboutin, for example, whose sky-high heels with cherry red soles have taken the world of fashion by storm. Since 1993 Christin Louboutin has been making shoes with red bottoms after finding inspiration from a girl who was painting her nails with red nail polish. Since then, Louboutin has gone on to become an industry leader and celebrity go-to for posh high heels and has built an empire of his brand securing his place in the fashion 'hall-of-fame.'
Adidas is another brand which often designs athletic styled shoes that feature the coveted red sole, with shoes like the Swift, and Prophere gaining considerable notoriety. Adidas has even partnered with superstar Pharrell Williams to create the Pharrell Adidas which features all-over red including the soles. Another fashion powerhouse, Air Jordan, tends to incorporate the red bottom look with many of their signature styles including the Air Jordan 5.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
While not applicable to all red soled shoes, there are red sole paints available online and at retailers that are easily applied to leather or tougher synthetic red soles, that will keep them looking sharp no matter how often you wear them.
Christian Louboutin is famous for his footwear, and the iconic red soles that adorn them. In recent years, there was even a dispute settled for the brand to gain trademark rights over the specific red color applied to their footwear. Iconic status of Louboutin's prevailed, as they won the dispute in court.
Frequently Asked Questions
There are lots of big, as well as, smaller brands who manufacture shoes with red soles. Possibly the most famous being Louboutin, with others including, Air Jordan, Adidas, and ASICS. Pharrell Williams partnered with Adidas to design his shoe which features a solid red bottom and upper piece.
Absolutely! There are plenty of shoes with red bottoms designed for men including, Air Jordans, Adidas, Louboutin, and many more.
The most common shades you will see paired with a red sole are, black and white, which always looks great. Other colors that match well with a red bottom are, gold, silver, and red itself. But you want to avoid solid colors like orange, yellow, or green because these will look tacky and mismatched with a red sole. However, a small amount of those colors on top of a solid white or black backdrop can look beautiful with the red underside.
While it's true that many of the shoes featuring a red sole are quite costly, there are lots of options available for a fraction of the price. We have included several budget-friendly options right here on this list.
Unfortunately the red color will more than likely wear off in spots over time. But there are clear sole protectors which can be purchased that fit over the outsole and prevent any color loss. There are also repair kits which can be purchased to restore any color already lost.
Depending on the manufacturer there are different shades of red used for the sole of shoes. Some are darker while others are quite light. Louboutin shoes are made using a vibrant ruby red, while Air Jordans use a deeper shade. Keep in mind that when you order online there may be a slight difference in color between the image online and the product itself, this is because of differences in the color of your computer monitor.
Heel with a red sole is acceptable to wear to the office! Try matching a pair of solid black, red bottom heels with a pencil skirt; it will look fabulous and professional too.
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