Of all the spring and summer staple colors that men have to choose from, light grey is easily my favorite.
It takes to just about any color you put near it, and if I may be self-centered for a moment, it looks really, really good on me.
No one ever said this would be a bias-free blog. Just saying.
Light grey trousers, no matter in dressy wool, casual cotton, or summery linen, are actually quite easy to pair with shoes. That’s the beauty of this incredibly versatile color.
The world is your oyster with these babies!
Make sure that you wear light grey trousers primarily in spring and summer.
The only exception to this rule would be for light grey jeans, which tend to work quite well during the autumn and winter months.
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 Light Grey Trousers With Different Shoes
Best Shoe Matches
Light grey trousers with black shoes are an exercise in simplicity and elegance. This is particularly true for dressy fabrications. Try this combination on a warm day when you want to look understated and sharp.
Reddish-brown burgundy and light grey pair wonderfully. For extra style points, find a grey that’s got a bluish undertone. The red in the shoe will play off of the blue in the trouser and you’ll come out looking like a million bucks.
It’s a relatively common pairing nowadays, but it’s popular for a reason: light brown shoes with light grey trousers is a really handsome combination. This works across dressy and casual fabrications, and across most professional scenarios. Just be sure that you keep it to warmer months, as this will look a bit out of place when it’s cold outside.
Rare as navy shoes are, they’re going to look great with light grey pants. If you can find a navy dress shoe, this will be a phenomenal pairing for a regular day at the office (we wouldn’t recommend a non-standard shoe for big presentations or meetings, just to be clear). If your trousers are more casual, try a navy driver to get away from the black-and-brown shoe dichotomy we often find ourselves in as men.
Purple and grey is a wonderful pairing to look at. Keep this casual; weekends and after work are best. If you come across a well-fitting pair of light grey jeans, wear them with purple shoes for any casual outing, like brunch or coffee. It’s perfect for that kind of environment.
Don’t let Pee-Wee Herman have ruined this combination for you. Try a light grey cotton suit with white bucks and let us know how many compliments you get. Light grey trousers with white shoes and a dark blue shirt will work wonders for you as well.
Acceptable Shoe Matches
This really works best casually, especially if the beige shoe is suede. A touch more limited, but the color is still a great look.
A bit formal for light grey trousers, dark brown shoes offer stark contrast. Still, if it’s a rich brown, it’ll work.
Keep this combination casual, but have some fun with it. Anything from a light to medium green will do the trick.
Make sure it’s a dark grey so that there’s some contrast, but this will definitely work.
An off-kilter shoe color, orange with light grey should be kept casual. Don’t wear to work, but if you’re sitting outside at brunch on a Sunday, why not?
Red shoes with light grey trousers will work in the same context as the orange shoe combination above. Keep it light and casual.
Nothing is off limits with light grey trousers. Get a little nuts with it!
Links To Other Shoe & Trouser Coordination Resources
Shoe & Trouser Master Coordination Matrix – FREE Download