What Colour Shoes To Wear With Trousers


Choosing the right pair of trousers to wear can be hard enough as it is, let alone deciding what to wear with them. Your shoe and trouser combination can easily make or break your outfit, and is, therefore, important to get right. 

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Black Trousers

If you’re wondering about colours that go with black then you’re in luck. Black is probably the most popular neutral shade and goes great with a whole number of different colours. You want to avoid pairing black with other dark shades like purple, bottle green and navy. Combining these colours with black will make your look seem a bit muddled. Instead, stick to contrasting colours like white.

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Tailoring Pants And Hem Trousers


Black Trousers and Brown Shoes

You may be wondering ‘does brown and black match’. Contrary to what you may think, this combination can actually work rather well. After all, both are considered neutrals that are generally considered to work really well together.

The key to this combination is to wear different materials or fabrics. For example, if you’re wearing black tailored trousers, you can jazz it up with slick brown suede loafers. Wearing neutral colours in the same shade or texture can make the outfit look dull and flat, so mix and match materials to enhance or even make your outfit stand out.

When it comes to accessoires, try and match the colours to your shoes. For example, don’t wear a black belt and brown shoes, wear a brown belt instead.

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Denim Jacket


Brown Shoes With Black Pants

Although a black suit with brown shoes can be hard to pull off, the average black pants with brown shoes look can work extremely well. Although it’s risky, teaming up a pair of light brown shoes with a black suit can work well. On the other hand, brown pants and black shoes probably won’t work as well together.

Navy Trousers

Navy is a popular colour to wear whether you’re at work, at a formal event or just down the pub with your mates. Due to the versatility of the colour, you’re rather spoilt for choice when it comes to what colour shoes you should be wearing. For more formal occasions it’s best to stick with the traditional styles like blue trousers and brown shoes. During the summer, you might want to be daring and go for a bold coloured pair of driving shoes when you’re out and about.

What Colour Shoes With A Navy Suit?

When it comes to navy suits, it’s best to stay traditional and stick to brown or black. The same applies when you’re questioning what colour shoes to wear with navy pants. Try and avoid any bold colours and stick with simple ones like black. However for a classic style, stick with wearing a navy suit and brown shoes.

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Relaxed Formal Style
PHOTO CREDIT: Christian Page


Grey Trousers

Grey Trousers With Brown Shoes

Grey and some variations of brown can be found in neutral colours or tones but they have different effects. Grey cools or neutralises while the brown warms the palette. Combining brown shoes with grey pants creates a balance which is surprisingly effective.

Grey Trousers With Black Shoes

Black shoes can go well with grey trousers especially if it’s part of a formal suit. However, be careful with which shade of grey you choose to wear. Black shoes can easily overwhelm lighter shades so a darker shade such as charcoal would balance it.

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Grey Pants and Black Shoes
PHOTO CREDIT: Fashion Beans


Khaki Trousers

Khaki is another popular choice when it comes to trousers. Despite what you may think, wearing khaki trousers and black shoes can be a great way to finish off a tonal look.

If you’re wearing a lighter shade of chinos then brown would probably be more suitable. Neutral shades such as tan and brown are both earthy tones and because of the natural connection, the two colours are harmonious. Khakis and black shoes or trousers go well with blazers or sports jackets so ideally, you should be looking at investing in a good pair of Oxford shoes or penny loafers.

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Cargo Trousers



Black Belt With Brown Shoes

Generally speaking, you should match your shoes to your belt to make them look like a set. Any other accessories you wear doesn’t have to match them, but if they do then it’s a bonus. So you should probably steer away from combining a black belt with brown shoes. You may be able to pull it off if you’re wearing jeans, but if you’re in more formal clothing you should opt for a black belt and black shoes, or a brown belt with brown shoes.

Shoes For Jeans

Jeans are versatile and a wide range of shoes will suit them. You should avoid wearing any high gloss patent leather shoes with jeans. They suit formal wear much better. Go for shoes with a more textured feel like suede or canvas.

If you’re wearing some classic blue jeans then generally speaking tanned or brown leather shoes work best. These are less formal than black leather shoes and will suit the more casual look of the jeans. Black shoes can also work if they’re made from canvas or suede.

White Trainers


How To Stack Jeans

There a number of ways to wear jeans that can have an impact on what shoes you wear. Stacking jeans is an easy style to create. The cuffs of the jeans rest right on the opening of the shoes and the fabric above ‘stacks up’ (i.e. creates loose folds). This style looks best with tapering trousers and high shoes, for example, Chelsea or Chukka boots. Although you may be wondering how to taper jeans, it’s a lot easier if you buy some tapered pants.

Stacking Jeans


How To Pin Roll Jeans

If you want an easier way to jazz up your jeans, then the pin roll is the technique for you. The tight roll jeans style works especially well with sneakers and suede loafers because the cuffs don’t overlap the top of the shoes.

Socks And Shoes

Socks may be an afterthought for some but believe us it really does make a difference what type and colour socks you wear. Shoes such as Chelsea boots will easily hide your socks because they have a high length so you don’t have to be too fussy with your socks. Also, if you’re wearing loafers do avoid wearing socks completely! You can easily do this by buying some men’s invisible socks. What colour socks to wear? Although they’re not the most obvious part of your outfit, it’s still important to choose the right socks. Black may be the obvious choice for guys, but it depends on your trousers and shoes.

Should Socks Match Trousers Or Shoes?

Matching your socks with your trousers and shoes is the easiest way to bring some continuity to your look. For instance, black socks and black shoe combination is a classic formal style. If you want to bring some extra detail to your look then try wearing some tan socks with a blue suit and brown shoes.

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An All Grey Outfit

What Colour Socks To Wear With Brown Shoes?

The variety of shades that brown comes in means it can be hard to choose the right colour socks to go with brown shoes. In this instance, you should make sure your socks are a shade darker than your shoes. Try wearing black socks with brown shoes for a look that never fails.

In other words, if your shoes are tanned you should go for pale brown socks. It keeps things interesting and more coordinated. Again, this may depend on what colour your trousers are. If they’re a blue this will be fine, if you’re wearing black or khaki, you may want to consider another option.

Sock Shoe

Of course, if you want to be more radical then sock shoes may be the answer. These unique shoes are great for a more casual outfit and can be worn on their own with some shorts, or lightweight chinos. They’re perfect for a summer style if you want something a bit cooler. Try a navy blue and brown colour combination for a great balance.

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Causal Men’s Style


What Colour Shoes to wear with Trousers

  • Black and black. This is the ultimate formal look and the best colour combination to go for.
  • Black and brown are a great combo. Just remember to mix up the shades and textures when wearing them together.
  • Navy trousers can be teamed with both black and brown shoes.
  • Grey trousers and brown shoes allow the warm and cool tones to mix.
  • Chinos can be teamed with formal and casual shoes. Depending on the occasion, you can either wear them with trainers or smart shoes.
  • Socks are essential to finish off your look. Match them to your tie, or ditch the socks when you wear loafers.
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Classic Desert Boots
PHOTO CREDIT: Clarks Originals

On That Note

Hopefully, now you feel more confident about deciding what colour shoes to wear with various trousers. Of course, it’s down to personal taste, but do try to experiment with different colours. Now that you know the rules you can mix and match to see what works for you. It’s also worth remembering whether you’re the adventurous type or not, to always keep one pair of black shoes and one pair of brown shoes. They are the most versatile colours when it comes to shoes and is suitable for almost every occasion throughout the year.


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