What Color Shoes To Wear With What Color Pants

what color shoes to wear with what color pants

I often receive questions on what color shoes to wear with what color pants.  None of the questions are bad questions, sometimes it is hard to tell if things work together.  So I have decided to make a chart to try to help all of us out.  I hope the chart is easy to understand.  On the left we have the pant color and the right, the shoe color.  If you can wear a given color of shoe with a color of pants the color is present.  If you cannot, ‘NO’ will be present.

Now, obviously, there are exceptions to everything.  Sometimes certain shades of burgundy won’t go with burgundy pants or the grays and browns just won’t mix.  So this is only to act as a general guide and not as law, for it is mostly a subjective view on what I have seen done well and not well over the past few years.  I should note that some of you may disagree with some of the approved and not approved combinations, such as my lack of support for tan pants and black shoes.  Disagree all you want, but I have rarely seen the combination done well so I think it’s just best to steer clear.

Anyway, you should get the idea by now.  Feel free to post comments, disagreements, questions or requests for other colors in the comments section.




What Color Shoes To Wear With What Color Pants — 29 Comments

  1. I think it’s a matter of personal taste.

    I do think that a pair of black jeans fits very nice to certain brown shades; there are so many shades of brownish leather.

    I do not think that a pair of white trousers fit to any shoe; I never wear white trousers.

  2. I agree Justin , the shoes I have are Herrings dark purple with dark soles and even though I haven’t worn them yet with the brown cords my feeling is that they would work. Thanks for giving me the idea! Regards, Geoff. P.S I now have an Etro paisley velvet jacket which I have paired with a pair of green Etro jeans what would you suggest to wear on the feet with that combination?

    • Geoff,
      Sounds like a pretty sick jacket. I can imagine some plain velvet slippers looking good with the jacket and pants. Or some very sleek loafers. I think since the jacket and pants will have such a strong visual presence you would want to keep the footwear simple and sleek.

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  5. Wht kind of pants can I wear with some dark brown boot shoes for me this shoes are not like boots there like sperry topsiders

  6. I have a pair of Two-Tone (Tan Leather/Natural Linen) Ellington cap toe saddles by Johnston and Murphy, what color trousers should I wear with them? I’m thinking Navy, Suggestions?

  7. this is one of the most useful charts on the internet!

    it also confirmed my suspicion that grey shoes don’t go with khaki (the american-style, tan khaki, not the “international” greenish-yellow khaki) pants. all my shoes are gray. i guess i should start buying brown :D

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  10. How often do you see grey or charcoal pants working well with a light brown leather oxford? Granted, they grade a bit darker towards the heel and toe, but I’m just so unsure.

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