Grey shoes are a rare animal in menswear. While they are inappropriate for most offices with a conservative, business-professional dress code, they are appropriate for social occasions (especially in the evening) and casual wear.
The beauty of a pair of grey shoes is that while it’s an unorthodox shoe color, it’s still grey. The versatility factor is high with a pair of these.
It’s likely that if you go somewhere in a pair of grey shoes that you’ll be the only guy in the place wearing grey shoes. If you do this well, this will generate positive attention and earn you some serious style points.
Read on for how to make grey shoes work in your wardrobe.
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 Grey Shoes With Different Trousers
Best Trouser Matches
Navy blue and grey is a gorgeous combination of colors. Being totally neutral, grey really lets navy be the blue it wants to be. This is a great way to give your navy suits some life they might not otherwise have.
A charcoal grey trouser with a grey shoe will actually be a very interesting look, just make sure the grey shoe isn’t too light compared to the pant. Otherwise it’ll just look washed out.
A medium blue trouser will work well with a grey shoe for the same reason that navy does. If this lighter trouser is a chino or other casual pant, try a grey driving loafer or derby. No matter what style you choose, this color combination is unorthodox and very, very smart.
It’s got a fashion-forward feel to it, but you can definitely wear grey shoes with black trousers. We suggest a more casual outfit for this pairing as opposed to a suit. You might want to try this for an evening out when you’d be wearing black shoes otherwise.
One of my personal favorite outfit’s main components is grey dress shoes and dark, slim denim. I wear that pretty much every New Year’s and get compliments every time.
We love white trousers because of their versatility. If you’re in a tropical climate or if it’s the appropriate time of year wherever you live, you can definitely wear white trousers with grey shoes. We suggest a lighter shade of grey as opposed to a darker one.
Red cotton pants and a casual grey shoe will look great together and provide you with a very unique look. If you can get your hands on a grey canvas shoe especially, we strongly suggest trying it out!
Acceptable Trouser Matches
This is a case where you have to be careful about selecting shades of grey that won’t wash each other out. If you wear light grey trousers, keep those shoes a dark grey. Still, we suggest a light brown or tan.
Color-wise this is a lovely combination. We deem it “acceptable” because it works best in more casual outfits. Try it with chinos and a camp moccasin.
Similar to pairing with tan trousers, combining grey shoes with olive trousers is great from a color perspective. The important thing to remember is that this is a casual pairing and shouldn’t be done with dress clothing. These light green pants with tan suede brogues is a great warm-weather combo.
Another “keep it casual” pairing, this will work for weekend wear and after-work outfits.
This is a tough one. Chocolate brown is viewed as a substitute for charcoal grey in the suit world, and grey shoes are arguably an alternative to brown shoes in the footwear world. You’d think the combination would be a hit, right?
We’re putting this on the “acceptable” list but advising you to exercise caution when doing so. Let the shoes do the talking, and don’t wear it to a work meeting.
No-Go Trouser Matches
Nothing to see here. Grey shoes are just that versatile.
Links To Other Shoe & Trouser Coordination Resources
Shoe & Trouser Master Coordination Matrix – FREE Download