Though we have a penchant for tailored clothing, we also have a realistic view of the world and understand that many of us dress casually, often all the time.
Not all shoes will be dress shoes, and as such there will be some funky colors around.
Orange is one of those colors. It’s definitely niche and can’t be worn with everything all the time.
In fact, it should only be worn occasionally. It’s one thing to be a guy who wears orange shoes every once in a while, but if that happens twice in a week, you’ve become The Guy In The Orange Shoes.
Don’t be that guy.
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 Orange Shoes With Different Trousers
Best Trouser Matches
Blue and orange are complementary colors, so they’ll look great together. We’ll repeat it because it bears repeating: this is for casual, warm-weather outfits only. We recommend a burnt orange or sienna. If you fall in those parameters, you’re going to look like a million bucks.
Another can’t-miss combination, white trousers with orange shoes is great. We suggest a medium blue blazer on top and all the swagger you can muster.
Beige trousers are background players. Supporting actors in the film that is your ensemble. Throwing on some orange shoes will let beige trousers act as they should, letting the shoes take center stage.
In classic fashion, jeans go with just about anything. Some casual orange lace-ups or even orange sneakers (not athletic sneakers) will give your outfit some pizazz. Coordinating colors in your accessories and your shirt will lend continuity to your outfit.
Acceptable Trouser Matches
We need to keep color shade top of mind here. If the green is a muted army green and the shoes a muted, burnt orange, you’re good. Bright green and bright oranges are theoretically possible, but less safe.
While we don’t recommend classic navy trousers with orange shoes, a dark blue casual pant with muted orange shoes will work well. Just be careful about wearing something like this to an office, and definitely don’t wear this combination to a job interview.
Unless you’re interviewing at the Orange Shoe Store, in which case, well, best of luck.
Again, not good for dress trousers. But if you have light grey chinos, throw them on with some muted orange shoes. Guidelines for navy trousers above would apply here too, and you will still be as appropriately dressed for that Orange Shoe Store interview.
Don’t pair black trousers with orange shoes. It looks to Halloween-ish. Even on Halloween, you don’t want to look like this. Dress up in something less offensive.
Even thinking about this combination has us scrunching our noses like something stinks. Don’t do it.
Sure, you can make the argument that brown and orange are both Earth tones. If you want to pair these two colors, a burnt orange pair of pants with brown shoes is a better way to go. Brown pants with orange shoes will look a bit clown-ish.
We’re not a fan of this combination. The closest thing we’d recommend is tan trousers with British tan shoes. British tan has an orange undertone but isn’t a full-bore orange.
Red and orange are very close to each other on the color wheel, which would make for a dissonant combination in this case. They’re too close for comfort and are too clownish for our taste.
Links To Other Shoe & Trouser Coordination Resources
Shoe & Trouser Master Coordination Matrix – FREE Download