White shoes are the ultimate tease. They’re simultaneously versatile in terms of color, but extremely limited in terms of the time of year you can wear them. This is unfair to those of us who appreciate their aesthetic value and wearability. The exception to this is if you live in a tropical climate.
Good for you if you do, by the way. We’re not jealous or anything.
White shoes are a must-have for any man’s wardrobe. Whether they be white bucks, loafers, driving shoes, or even sneakers, no wardrobe is complete without them. They are get dirty more easily and thus require particular care, so be prepared for some dirt and grime to show up.
Read on for guidance on how to wear them.
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 White Shoes With Different Trousers
Best Trouser Matches
Casual navy trousers with white loafers are perfect. A navy summer suit with white bucks is a bold look. You can’t go wrong with any of these combinations, and they leave the rest of your outfit open to your whimsy in terms of the colors you select.
Blue and white? You can’t miss! This is a great opportunity to play around with complementary colors on top, so try a shirt with some orange in it and note how the colors look when next to each other.
A light grey suit with a pair of white loafers is killer. Light grey cotton pants with white drivers is a summery look that can’t be beat. These combinations get an enthusiastic “yes” from us.
Tan trousers with white shoes and a simple polo or button-down shirt are yet another warm-weather classic. This is a perfect look for anything you’re doing during the daytime, as you can wear any color on top and look great. Whether going to brunch or even playing golf, this combination will work wonders.
Just make sure you have cleats in those golf shoes.
Want to make those olive pants more summery? Throw on some white shoes. The beauty of this is that the shade of olive is irrelevant. you could even wear white shoes with non-olive greens, like kelly or mint green.
This is one of the relatively rare situations in which its okay to go the monochromatic route. We prefer a brightly colored shirt with this pairing, but you can wear white and still look great.
It doesn’t get more neutral than beige and white. You can wear this combination with literally anything and come out a winner.
It’s impossible to be more New England than to wear Nantucket reds, white shoes, light blue shirt, and dark blue blazer. It works for a reason, and you should try it, especially if you’re headed to a summer wedding or garden party.
It’s bold but it works, particularly if your jeans are a lighter wash. Pair this with a khaki-colored linen or cotton sport coat with patch pockets and you have a great casual summertime look.
Acceptable Trouser Matches
You’ll look like a member of The Hives (remember them?), but it’ll work as a fashion-forward option. Don’t wear it to the office, and even then, be selective about when and where you wear it.
A less severe version of black and white, this will still work but only in very limited contexts. They would have to be cotton chinos, not dress trousers, and your best bet would be to wear a casual shoe, like a driver or camp moccasin.
Dark brown and white is another less severe version of black and white. Our preference is for medium brown, but you’ll be even better off by pairing white shoes with tan or beige trousers, as we stated above.
No-Go Trouser Matches
There’s nothing in this category for white shoes. Literally anything goes if you play your cards right.
Links To Other Shoe & Trouser Coordination Resources
Shoe & Trouser Master Coordination Matrix – FREE Download