Knowing the different types of shoes for men isn’t enough to keep you on the go. Just because there are tons of men’s shoes doesn’t mean you should pair them with just any outfit. To be guided, you should have an understanding of how to combine men’s shoes with clothes. Combining shoes in an outfit is a major issue for many men. If you are one of them, you should keep reading as here in this article are tips on how to pair shoes with clothes.
1. Shoes for Casual Wear
Sandals can be paired with shorts and jeans. Canvas are for casual outfits such as tees and jeans, polo and shorts, etc. Boat shoes go well with chinos, T-shirts, shorts, jeans and shirts, polo and trousers, etc., and anything save for loungewear, sportswear and suits. Boat shoes and loafers give you a smart casual look when paired with casual wear. Don’t wear boat shoes with socks. When you wear boat shoes with trousers, be sure to have a pin roll to show you have no socks on. Don’t wear brogues with shorts or tracksuits. Rather stick to jeans, chinos and well-fitting trousers.
2. Shoes for Formal Attire
Oxford and Derby shoes are best paired with suits. Dark brown, grey or blue suits go well with brown Oxford and Derby shoes. Blue suits can also be paired with brown brogues. Black Oxford and Derby shoes, on the other hand, are versatile and can be worn with just any colour of suits, jeans, chinos and other formal outfits. If you want to achieve a smart casual look with suits, then pair your suits with sneakers. Wear black brogues with black trousers and brown brogues with navy blue or grey trousers.
3. Shoes for Native Wear
Native wears include Senator, Ankara, Kaftan, Dashiki, Agbada, etc. Avoid wearing native wears with sport shoes and socks. If you worry about getting stinky shoes by not wearing socks, you can opt for half socks or no-show socks. Do not wear native attires with men’s shoes that have lace-ups such as brogues, Derby or Oxford. Native wears are best paired with loafers, moccasin, boat shoes and shoes with no lacing. If it isn’t a serious or formal occasion such as weddings or cocktail parties, then wear native wears with sandals or leather slippers.
Working with Colours
To know how to combine men’s shoes with clothes, you first need to have an understanding of colours. You can get started by reading on how to combine colours in an outfit as this gives you the adequate foundation on colour matching. However, you can as well work with the following tips:
1. Black Shoes
Black shoes go well with almost any outfit. Avoid wearing black shoes with shorts unless you want to look like an adult in school uniform. If you want to wear black shoes with shorts, then it has to be sport shoes such as sneakers, canvas or trainers.
2. Brown Shoes
When wearing brown shoes, always remember that the lighter the shade of brown shoes, the less formal your clothes should be. Dark brown shoes are best paired with darker jeans and if you are wearing brown trousers, be it suit or chinos, let the brown in your outfit be of two different shades.
3. White Shoes
If you are wearing white shoes, let them be sneakers, trainers or canvas as white shoes have a casual feel. You can as well wear an all-white ensemble if you wish to go monochromatic. Should you want to pair sneakers with suits, your best bet is white sneakers.
4. Red Shoes
Red shoes work better with contrasting colours such as dark or navy blue jeans. If you want to look unconventional, you could pair your red shoes with a grey suit.
5. Multicoloured Shoes
Multicoloured or bright coloured sneakers and canvas are best paired with monochromatic or neutral outfits such as black jeans, denim jacket and a white T-shirt. Keep your clothes calm as your multicoloured shoes will be doing the talking.
Now you know how to pair shoes with clothes. If you ever have trouble knowing the right shoes to go with your outfit, be sure to read this article again and have it saved on your browser. There’s more to being a dandy man than good shoes and clothes. The perfect combination matters more than a lot, you know.