If the navy trouser is every gentleman’s workhorse, the grey trouser is its partner in crime. You can’t live without a pair of these puppies.
For the purposes of this article, we’re referring specifically to medium grey and charcoal grey trousers. These shades tend to play nicely with similar shoe colors and are incredibly versatile.
For our younger readers, we recommend that dark grey be the first suit they purchase, and it’s one of the items in the capsule wardrobe.
They’re super versatile, but they’re not going to go with every shoe under the sun. Read on for in-depth analysis.
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 Trousers With Different Shoes
Best Shoe Matches
Wear it to a wedding, a funeral, a job interview, a day at the office, or a first date. Grey trousers with black shoes is as classic and simple as it gets. You can’t miss and you’ll be safely, appropriately dressed for anything.
Technically the boots pictured above are black with grey, black being the predominant color. The grey wool is smart way to tie back into the trousers, and a two-tone shoe is always fun.
Dark grey trousers are relatively lacking in color, so it’s nice to have a business-appropriate shoe color to pair with it. Burgundy shoes are a lovely reddish-brown that gives the grey new life and opens your outfit’s accessory potential up.
This is our favorite shoe to pair with grey trousers. It’s simple, looks good in any setting, and offers equal formality to black with superior style. Try it with a blue shirt and burgundy tie. Wear simple lace-ups to a meeting with a big client, or try on some suede tassel loafers after work.
A pairing similar to that of navy shoes with navy trousers, grey-on-grey offers unorthodox refinement. Just make sure it’s a nice dark grey pair of shoes!
Grey trousers will take nicely to whatever color is put next to them. While we don’t recommend it for higher-stakes business settings (sales meetings, for example), this is a pairing you could wear to an average day at the office, and certainly out for drinks afterward.
Yeah, purple shoes and grey trousers. We said it. Be advised that this is really just for casual outfits, as purple shoes with a grey suit may look a little ridiculous. Still though, try this out with a deeper shade of purple, like plum.
Acceptable Shoe Matches
Keep it casual, but this combo can work if you’re careful. Dark grey should get a loden green, while medium grey can get somewhat brighter green. We don’t advise dressing this up for business, but it can be fun for an evening out.
Our preference is for dark brown, but light brown shoes with dark grey trousers will still work. A medium grey trouser will be done the most justice in this scenario.
As always, this is a casual, warm-weather (or tropical climate) option. Keep the pants cotton or linen, and tailor them well.
No-Go Shoe Matches
There’s a whole lot of “blah” going on with this combination. Avoid it and save the beige shoes for lighter colored trousers.
Orange is just too much for grey. You could even go so far as to describe it as clownish. Read our article on orange shoes to learn about better pairings, and steer clear of this one.
It’s not that red and grey don’t pair well together. Heaven knows many of us have worn red ties with grey suits and have looked great doing so. Red shoes, however, are inherently casual and look much better with tan, beige, or blue pants. We suggest that you wear something else with grey trousers.
Links To Other Shoe & Trouser Coordination Resources
Shoe & Trouser Master Coordination Matrix – FREE Download