The Best Shoes To Wear With Jeans

The Best Shoes To Wear With Jeans

You try your best to coordinate your jeans, T-shirts and jackets so why would you then fall at the last hurdle? A pair of shoes can really make or break your outfit so it’s worth putting the effort in to learn the basics. Read more Men's Style Guide features and check out our Store.


Compared to the versatile blue or black jean, grey jeans are a little trickier to style. The lighter the shade the more difficult it gets, so let's not even think about white jeans just yet. However saying that, dark grey can sometimes also be an annoying colour to style as the darker colour gives off a kind of formal feeling. But mixed with the casual nature of denim, the jean can, most of the time, be styled with near enough every type of shoe, it just depends on the colour and style of both the shoe and jean. In this guide, we will take you through the different types of grey jeans from their cut to their shade, and reveal the perfect shoes to style them with. You could say, we’re giving you a step in the right direction (pun intended).

What Shoes To Wear With Jeans

We often don’t give as much thought to our shoes as we should do before grabbing any pair and running out of the house. For moments like this, it’s good to know which type of shoe you should be reaching out for to make sure you’re looking great from head to toe no matter how rushed you are. There are plenty of options when it comes to pairing men’s shoes with jeans, from sneakers and loafers to boots or brogues. The key lies in the colour, style and material of the shoe.

What Colour Shoes To Wear With Grey Jeans

The colour of your shoes makes all the difference. Know how to choose the right colour for a classic, sporty, stylish or casual look.

Black Shoes with Jeans

Black and grey is a classic combination, and depending on the type of shoe, can be very sartorial and business like. So generally speaking, black shoes go better with dark grey jeans as they look smarter and make less of a dramatic contrast than pairing them with light grey. Alternatively, if you’re going for a more casual look or you're wearing fairly light coloured grey jeans, you can opt for a black trainer. You could also try turning up the cuffs of your jeans to show a bit of ankle, resulting in a less dramatic contrast between lighter greys and black.

Brown Shoes with Jeans

Brown shoes are surprisingly versatile. The deep, rich brown tones go well with almost any colour of trouser and are far easier to match than black shoes. In terms of grey jeans, dark brown goes best with dark grey whereas light brown goes best with light grey, fairly simple right. Whether you choose loafers, boots or brogues, every man should own a good pair of smart brown shoes.

Blue Shoes Grey Jeans

Following what seems to be the general rule when it comes to jean and shoe colour, dark blue shoes go best with dark grey and light blue works well with light grey. However, when it comes to blue we can make one exception, dark blue also pairs nicely with light grey. Try to choose a blue with a hint of grey in its colour rather than pure blue to really make the shoes complement your jeans well - in other words, a blue that looks sort of faded in its tone. Blue suede tends to go quite well with grey jeans for a smart look whereas canvas sneakers work great for that casual look.

Grey Shoes Grey Jeans

This is a trickier look to pull off, as you don't want your outfit to look completely washed out. So as long as you make sure the shades of grey are significantly different, you should be OK. It’s best to avoid a grey T-shirt in this case, as you don’t want to end up looking like a stone gargoyle. Sneakers or suede shoes are the way to go with this style. 


Oxblood Shoes Grey Jeans

Oxblood is almost as versatile as brown, as it's fairly similar but just have more red tones to it. It's also a good colour for you to make a subtle statement by adding a bit of individuality amongst the traditional colours. Your best best when going for this colour is to stick to rich mahogany tones and wear them with dark grey jeans. This colour looks great in most different types of shoe, including brogues, loafers, boots or boat shoes.

White Shoes Grey Jeans

Driven by the athleisure trend, a more sporty look is desired by a lot of people. Being able to wear trainers to both casual and smart (ish) occasions has made the white trainer one of those pairs of shoes that you can grab last minute. It has become an accepted style for anyone to adopt and the white sneakers have become a coveted item. The modern way to wear your white is clean and in tip-top condition. Just as black goes best with dark grey, white goes best with light grey, as there is less of a dramatic contrast between the colours.

What To Wear With Grey Jeans: Shoe Type

In terms of the type of shoe, there is a large range of potential shoes you can don when wearing grey jeans. The type of shoe will ultimately depend on how smart or how casual you want to go.

Loafers / Boat Shoes and Jeans

These slip-ons are a great choice as they come without the fuss of having to do up any laces, perfect if you're in a rush! Choose a leather version for a smart finish or canvas loafers for any casual occasion. Make sure you wear these without socks or invest in a pair of secret socks, as no one wants to see any sockage with your loafers.

Brogues and Jeans

If you want to go a bit smarter and be able to nail a smart-casual style, pair your casual jeans with a pair of smart brogues. A suede material will be far easier to match with your jeans but leather can work too if you choose your colours well. This look works best with very dark grey jeans (as they are smarter than light grey) and dark brown brogues. The latest news from style, life, arts, and culture and everything in between. Whether it's a new brand arriving into our style, our latest drops and editorials. You will never miss a beat with us.

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