How To Style Grey Pants and Brown Shoes for Men

Wondering how to master the grey pants, brown shoes outfit combo? Get inspiration for how to wear brown shoes with grey pants in a modern and stylish way for men. Brown shoes and grey pants never looked so good. 

image of a man wearing four different outfits with grey pants and brown shoes

Grey Pants and Brown Shoes: A Classic Look

If you’re a fashion-forward gentleman and questioning whether grey pants and brown shoes match, it’s time to settle it once and for all. Yes, they do and they look fantastic together! I’ve enlisted my husband to show you just how easy it is to wear this color combination. 

 There are a lot of ways that grey pants and brown shoes can be mastered. With the right type of pants and shoe styles, you can combine grey pants with brown shoes for both casual and formal occasions, and I’ll show you exactly how! 

Read on to learn more and get modern and stylish outfit inspiration. 

Can you wear brown shoes with grey pants?

Aboslutely! The key is to match the right shade of grey pants with the right brown shoe to create a style that is both modern and classic. For a casual event, I recommend a pair of grey chinos or grey jeans with brown sneakers. On the other hand, if you need a business-casual look, I recommend styling grey chinos with brown Chelsea boots or loafers.

If you are going to a formal event like a wedding, it’s best to pair high-quality dress shoes with nice grey slacks. You’ll have sealed the deal for having the sharpest outfit in attendance!

image of a mans legs wearing dark grey pants and brown dress shoes

Which shoes are best for grey pants?

When it comes to styling shoes with grey pants, I recommend the following:

  • Brown or Black Oxfords, Loafers, or Derby shoes – Brown or black dress shoes are a great combo with grey slacks. This pairing is suitable for business-casual or more formal occasions.
  • Brown Chukka boots – Chukka boots aren’t something most men would think to put here but trust us when we say they’re a fantastic addition to any outfit with casual grey pants.
  • Black or Brown Chelsea boots – Chelsea boots are a timeless addition to a mans wardrobe. They’ve been around for a while and are still considered some of the most fashionable footwear to own due to their appeal and versatility. They look great with both grey dress pants, and more casual styles like grey jeans or chinos. 
  • White, Black, or Brown sneakers – neutrals look great with grey, so it’s a given that white, brown, or black sneakers will work with grey pants. 

Brown Shoes, Grey Pants Outfit Ideas

If you’re having issues deciding on an outfit, don’t worry – I have you covered. I enlisted my husband, Justin, to show off a handful of great outfits that showcase the brown shoes and grey pants combo. 

Charcoal Pants, Brown Shoes + Blazer

image of a man wearing a neutral plaid blazer, charcoal grey dress pants, brown dress shoes, and a white button up shirt

get the look:

Here Justin is wearing an outfit that is great for occasions where he needs to dress up a little, but not to the nines. I often see him wearing this look to work meetings with the executives. But I also think this outfit would work for a date night.

The charcoal grey pants, brown Derby shoes, and blazer look sharp and sophisticated. In my opinion, a nice polished pair of brown dress shoes, whether you go with loafers, Derby shoes, or Oxfords, always look excellent next to charcoal grey pants. You can go with a cognac brown, or a deeper brown color to master the combination. 


Grey Chinos + Brown Shoes

image of a man wearing a denim jacket, black t-shirt, grey chino pants, and brown casual shoes

get the look:

Here, Justin shows how grey chinos can easily work with brown shoes, like the brown suede sneakers in this particular outfit. The light grey goes well with the lighter brown, but I wouldn’t recommend going too light with the shoes, especially if you are wearing light grey pants. Some contrast is a good thing. 

This outfit is perfect for everyday activities and is both stylish and laid-back. 

Light Grey Dress Pants + Brown Boots

image of a man sitting in a chair wearing light grey pants, brown boots, and a black sweater

get the look:

This next outfit proves that light grey slacks and brown boots are a great combination for business-casual style. Also, this particular outfit is flexible enough for some more formal occasions too. 

Swap the sweater for a matching suit jacket, or plaid sport coat to create a more formal appeal. Or, keep the sweater for something more casual. 

These brown Rome Boots from Taft are one of my favorite choices when it comes to mens brown boots. They are extremely well-made, classic, and incredibly versatile (and my husband loves them too!)

It’s no wonder they have over 1,400 5-star reviews. For the price, it’s hard to pass them up!  

image of a man sitting in a chair wearing grey pants, brown boots, and a plaid shirt, with his son in a plaid jacket and green boots
style your occasion

get the look:

In this next look, Justin is wearing a more rugged combo with brown Blundstone boots and his light grey chinos. Paired with a checked flannel shirt and vest, this look is perfect for a casual day exploring the outdoors – he wears this outfit often when we visit the Rocky Mountain town, Banff! 

For a look like this, I like the all neutral tones, but a red flannel shirt would look great too. 

More Outfit Ideas To Try

While I love using my husband as a model for the Men’s Edit, I also love seeing what other men in fashion are wearing. Here are some more great brown shoes and grey pants outfit ideas below. 

Grey Suit + Brown Loafers

image of a man wearing a grey suit and brown dress shoes

get the look:

For a formal occasion, like a wedding, I recommend pairing a classic grey suit with polished brown loafers. Different shades of grey and brown can create a classy vibe and tie the outfit together.

This is probably why grey pants and brown shoes work so well together. The style can range from a simple, clean-cut look to a sophisticated and elegant fit.

Grey Chinos + Brown Sneakers

image of a man in grey pants, brown sneakers, a striped t-shirt, and ivory chore jacket

get the look:

This is another example of a great laid-back outfit that combines grey chinos with brown shoes. Brown suede sneakers are very fashionable and give white sneakers a run for their money. 

Paired with casual grey chino pants, brown suede sneakers give the whole outfit a stylish and elevated vibe. 


Grey Slacks + Light Brown Chelsea Boots

image of a man wearing a beige fleece shirt, grey pants, and brown boots

get the look:

When you want a casual outfit that’s great for everyday wear, but you still want to look stylish, this is one to try. Pair light grey slacks with medium brown Chelsea boots and a fleece button-up shirt for an outfit that is laid-back, but still elevated. 

Dark Grey Trousers + Dark Brown Boots

image of an asian man wearing a wool coat, charcoal pants, and brown boots

get the look:

Opposite to the last outfit, combining dark grey trousers with dark brown boots also creates a look that is modern and classic. In my opinion, this outfit combination would be great for an occasion you want to dress up a bit for.

The dark-on-dark has a masculine vibe and looks great with complementing colors like camel and rust brown. 

image of a man walking, wearing light grey pants, boots, and a black sweater

Matching Brown Shoes with Grey Pants

Brown can come in shades as dark as a French roast coffee, all the way to a light tan, while grey can be as light as a dusty marble countertop or dark like charcoal and everything in between. When matching brown shoes with grey pants, the important thing to remember is to have a contrast in the colors.

If you’re going with dark grey pants, it’s best to pair them with some lighter brown shoes or boots. If the grey pants are lighter, bold cognac brown (maybe shiny polished leather) shoes or boots would be attention grabbers.

These are only two possible combinations, there are hundreds- if not thousands of ways to mix and match the different shades of grey pants with brown shoes. The only limit is your imagination!

image of a man wearing a neutral plaid blazer, charcoal dress pants, cognac dress shoes, and a white button up shirt

Final Words

I hope you are feeling confident about combining your favorite pairs of grey pants with different types of brown footwear. Once you start getting comfortable with the look, you can start experimenting with different shades and styles.

You can go to events dressed to the requirement for the level of formality and still rock brown shoes with grey pants. When you start settling into your style and favorite shades of brown and grey, that’s where the real magic happens and you’ll be well on your way to being a pro!


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