Chinos are the staple item for any menswear wardrobe. Consistently stylish throughout the year, there's no doubting that they've become a timeless investment. However, finding the perfect pair of shoes to wear with them can be a constant struggle, especially when you are in a rush.
Chinos are one of the most versatile pieces that a man can have in his wardrobe. They can be worn for both casual and formal settings and can suit each and every season or personal style. Preppy or streetwear, a good pair of chino's will get you from day to night. Additionally, when wearing in a formal setting, (good if you're not a fan of having to wear a full on suit to formal occasions) paired with a well-ironed Oxford shirt, you will instantly look sophisticated and easy on the eyes.
However, despite its versatility, it's not always easy to know what shoes to match with a good pair of chinos, especially when you're trying to stick to a certain style. Fear not, because we have created a guide which will take you through all the possible pairings, and additionally give you a few suggestions on what to throw on on top as well.
If you've never worn a pair of loafers then you might not think they're the most versatile shoe out there, but that's really just because you haven't experienced the style for yourself. Whether you're pairing them for formal or even casual occasions, these shoes are perfect for matching with any style of chinos.
CasualLoafers and chinos don't scream 'super casual', but you can achieve a relaxed and comfortable look when pairing the two together if you really put some thought into it. So if you want a simple outfit, go for a pair of slim fit chinos and a comfortable fitted T-shirt, then slip on some casual tasselled loafers and you've got yourself a put together yet informal outfit. You can easily change up the colours, opting for some bright blue chinos to liven up your look a little. However if the idea of matching your chinos with a T-shirt seems a little dull, you can easily pair it with a patterned shirt and still achieve a casual look. Bring some individuality to your outfit but keep your colour palette consistent. A blue pair of chino's and brown loafers work together well especially if you throw on a pattern blue casual shirt.
Some ideal loafers for a casual pairing are ones that go a little bolder with their design. Whether it's with unique additions like tassels, stand out colours, or punchier styles, you have a lot of choices when it comes to pairing them with your trusty chinos.
Loafers and chinos are a classic smart combination. Just Google the term and you'll have dozens of images of guys rocking the look. How you decide to add some formality to your outfit is up to you, but here are a few tips to get you started. For a smarter look, it's best to keep your loafers simple, so that means avoiding the thick soled ones and picking a fitted, slim line design. Don't worry, because there are plenty to choose from. When you're picking your chinos you can go for a range of fits, but try to keep the colours neutral. One last formal tip is to always remember to keep things simple. You can still go for some detail, but we recommend keeping it to a minimum and sticking to the classic brown, black and navy colours (neutral tones always win!).
BroguesIf you don't have a pair of brogues then you're missing out on a huge range of outfits as brogues and chino's are a perfect match. Much like the loafer, you can get a smart and casual look with the right pair of brogues. However we would suggest that you need to pick a pair that'll suit you, as there's a huge array of options ranging from chunky to skinny (if you can have a skinny shoe), the pair should be in proportion to your body as well as the chino style.
For a casual look, you can go for bolder brogue design than you would for a formal look. Opting for a thick-soled shoe in a less neutral colour, like red or white will give a bold statement as well as screaming preppy streetstyle. When it actually comes to choosing your pair of chinos, you can go for any style, it can be cropped, straight leg, skinny fit, or classic slim fit. However, for a casual look, you have the option to push the boat out in terms of colour so try matching a pair of red chinos with some punchy thick soled brogues, and finishing off the look with a leather bomber jacket. It's easy to throw on, looks stylish, and on top of that it's insanely comfortable. This will give you a chino combination that's great for autumn and winter. To keep things balanced, don't go for chinos that are too slim fit. If you're going for thicker, chunkier brogues, you can risk the chance of looking a little bottom heavy. However, if you want to go for a more striking look, then that could work in your favour. It would give you a grungier, more alternative style - perfect for when you want the skinny jean look without actually wearing a pair.
A traditional pair of brogues are usually slim fit, leather and come in brown or black. This style of brogues are great for that smarter attire you're after- surprising considering these formal shoes started out as footwear for farmers in the nineteenth century. You can go for a preppy look with some light coloured chinos, paired with a tailored blazer. Add a classic stand-up collar shirt and a pair of black or dark brown brogues to complete the look. You'll look effortlessly smart, without looking like you didn't spend hours getting ready in front of the mirror. You can add a few embellishments like a pocket square or waistcoat if you want to go extra fancy.