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How to Pick a Shoe Color Part 4a: Warm Animal Prints (Tan Leopard)

In this warm weather footwear series, I am reviewing our choices when we select a shoe color for our outfits.


Previous posts in the series:


Today we'll shift to one of my favorite categories of shoes: animal prints! Animal print shoes are an incredibly versatile timeless classic. They are considered a neutral (at least the versions based on neutrals like tan, brown, grey, and black) but have more visual interest than a solid option. Wearing animal print shoes in an outfit with a print garment is a very easy way to do some low-key print mixing. I'm convinced that animal print shoes can be worn with anything...except maybe too much other animal print.


In this post, I'll introduce my warm-toned animal print shoes and show how I've styled them for summer, including some earlier OOTD that I haven't shared on the blog before. I have three pairs in total, though these brown-based leopard print calf hair smoking slippers are never worn during the warm seasons. With their rich warm brown color and hair texture, they have a cozy autumnal vibe so I wear them a lot during the fall into winter. (Clarks brand purchased from Zappos for $50 in December 2013.)

Animal print shoes

Leopard Pointy-Toed Flats


These BP brand flats are the cousin of the late lamented gold flats that I discussed in the warm metallics post. They were purchased at Nordstrom for $50 in December 2014, and unlike the gold version, they are still in good shape. A pointy-toed flat is a terrifically versatile shoe, and I will happily wear this pair with long pants, cropped pants, skirts, and dresses in warm weather (or really, any time I don't need socks). I like this particular leopard print a lot! Some of them can be too dark or too orange or too large scale or too loud. This one is a nice beige/brown with a moderate size print. I find these shoes a pretty reasonable "bookend my hair color" option as well.

Animal print shoes

You'll see in these outfit photos that I frequently wear these shoes with warm-toned colors like sandstone, orange, maroon, red, mustard, and olive. But they also work with colors with cool undertones and even with navy (outfits #3 and #8).

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Outfit #1: 6/13/22
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Outfit #2: 6/11/22
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Outfit #3: 10/1/21
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Outfit #4: 7/12/21
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Outfit #5: 7/15/20
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Outfit #6: 9/23/19
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Outfit #7: 6/17/19
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Outfit #8: 7/23/18
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Outfit #9: 7/6/18
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Outfit #10: 6/16/18
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Outfit #11: 5/21/18

Cheetah Oxfords


These shoes are really more of a fall/spring shoe for me because they have too much coverage for hot weather (and for hot weather outfits), but I do wear them with long pants at the tail ends of the summer season when the temperatures are more moderate. They are a more recent addition to my wardrobe than the other pairs, purchased for $99 in September 2019 from Nordstrom.

Animal print shoes
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Outfit #12: 5/23/22
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Outfit #13: 5/15/22

When talking about warm-tone animal prints, a rabbit with a brown "broken" pattern is spot on. This thirsty lop bunny is a wonderful example. With the broken pattern, the rabbit's normal dark fur color (black, brown, blue, or lilac) is interspersed with areas of white fur...i.e., in some areas of the fur, the pigment is entirely lacking. Surprisingly, the version of the gene that causes this mottled-with-white broken fur coloration pattern (En) is dominant over the version that causes a solid pattern (en), so it takes only one copy of the gene to get a rabbit with the broken pattern.

Lop Rabbit

Do you like wearing leopard print? Do you prefer it in accessories, clothing, or both equally? Would you mix animal print shoes with other prints in an outfit? What do you think of our lop rabbit's "broken" animal print fur?


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Kathrine Eldridge
Kathrine Eldridge
21 juin 2023

Yes to animal print shoes with everything! Love all of these looks Sally!


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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
21 juin 2023
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Don't they make such a fun neutral? Thanks, Kathrine!

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Anna Marcus
Anna Marcus
21 juin 2023

I like your collection of animal print shoes, Sally and your vision of how to wear them to their best. Thank you for sharing such great ideas. Anna

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
21 juin 2023
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Thanks for your comment, Anna! They are definitely a staple in my wardrobe.

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mlrbanks57
17 juin 2023

I do love a good leopard print! But, I don't have much of it...surprise, surprise! Your oxfords are fabulous! I would probably wear those with just about everything...especially purple! I'm trying to think if I even have any animal print shoes. If I do, it's a very light background print on a pair of boots. Hmm...do I need to rectify this situation?


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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
17 juin 2023
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The oxfords with purple sounds like an amazing combination - going to have to try it out now! Thanks, Marsha. For me, animal print shoes are a staple because of the "interesting but still neutral" quality. Next time you retire a neutral shoe, considering an animal print could be helpful.

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Leslie Clingan
Leslie Clingan
17 juin 2023

Good grief those oxfords are the cutest thing. And that lop ear is right behind them. I think about cool and warm shades or tones, too. My sister wore gray-brown polka dot blouse yesterday and asked me what color to wear over it...like what color cardi. I told her a light blue. And then I stopped to question why I thought that was a good choice. I think it was because the blouse was a cool shade of brown and I thought a cool blue would work well. Glad to know I am not the only one to considers the temperature of hues.

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
17 juin 2023
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YES! Thinking about cool vs warm tones makes putting things together so much easier! Once you start to see the undertones of colors, you've got a great way to create harmonious outfits by matching the undertones. The cool grey-brown with light blue sounds wonderful.

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jodie filogomo
jodie filogomo
16 juin 2023

I like how you talk about how the leopard can be either cool or warm. I remember not knowing this and wondering why they didn't all look the same with all of my outfits. XOXO Jodie

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sallyinstpaul
sallyinstpaul
16 juin 2023
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Yeah, it's one of those things like outfit proportions you talk about - it's not a rule or anything, but if something is off in your outfit or things look different and you're not sure why, it's something to look at.

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