Beige trousers are one of the mainstays of a gentleman’s casual wardrobe. Their versatility and ubiquitousness make them a popular choice for most of us office drones.
Retailers can make things a bit confusing by renaming the color every year; I personally have seen “stone,” “natural,” “khaki” (which is technically incorrect), and quite a few others that all refer to a similar shade of beige.
No matter what it’s called, it’s good to have a pair of these in your wardrobe for days when you aren’t looking for people to comment on your trousers.
While they’re a blank canvas in terms of color, it doesn’t behoove a man to wear just any shoe with these. Read on to learn what works best and what you should avoid.
NOTE: There are exceptions to every rule.
Use your good judgement, and feel free to leave us a comment if you have questions!
Read on for full explanations and reasoning of the above coordination suggestions. Or, click here to go see our Ultimate Shoe & Trouser Color Coordination Matrix showcasing how to match any color shoes with any color trousers.
How To Coordinate Beige Trousers With Different Shoes
Best Shoe Matches – Rock These
Burgundy shoes are light enough to do beige justice but also interesting enough to give them some spunk. Penny loafers will offer a classic look.
Against a drab backdrop like beige, green shoes can steal the show. Be judicious with your accessories and days on which you wear this combination. Trying to win new business? Stick with basic shoes. Catching up on paperwork by yourself? Throw on some green shoes and have some fun.
Wearing light brown shoes with beige trousers is very safe but also very versatile. This combination will allow you to have a lot of fun with your accessories if you so choose, or you can keep it simple with a white shirt and navy blazer. The takeaway here is that light brown and beige occupy similar space in the Earth tone family, but contrast well enough to not look washed out against each other.
We love us some navy shoes here, and they’ll look good with beige trousers. In fact, we suggest trying a lighter shade of navy (just a regular dark or even medium blue) to really let the blue take advantage of not being next to blue trousers.
Not an office look for sure, but there’s no reason you can’t have some fun with a loud color like orange. Pair it with some blue accessories to make a play with complementary colors.
Purple shoes are pretty much the coolest and will take very well to being paired with beige trousers. As with most brightly-colored shoes, the best thing to do is either keep the outfit simple and let the shoes do the talking, or be selective about your accessories and let them join in on the conversation.
Red shoes and beige trousers are another one of those combinations that work well but should stay out of most offices. On a summer afternoon, though, it’s a fantastic look.
Beige trousers with white shoes are a simple, easy-to-wear summer combination. For a guy looking to work white shoes into his wardrobe, this is probably the easiest way to do it, as it allows you to wear any color shirt or accessory. Wearing no-show socks will keep things seasonally appropriate and comfortable to boot.
Acceptable Shoe Matches – Rock These With Caution
Dark brown shoes look fine with beige trousers. They’re a bit dressy for such a light-colored pant, but they’re both Earth tones, so they work.
Grey and beige look…fine together. If you’re going to make this pairing, wear some bolder accessories so your whole ensemble isn’t too drab.
No-Go Shoe Matches – Don’t Rock These
This combo is far too matchy-matchy for us to justify. You risk your bottom half looking like an “…amorphous blob of khaki…” to quote Toby from The Office. Wear anything else except…
Black shoes with beige trousers is a rookie mistake. Beige trousers are too informal for black shoes, and even casual black shoes will just be too stark against such a light backdrop.
Links To Other Shoe & Trouser Coordination Resources
Shoe & Trouser Master Coordination Matrix – FREE Download