What colour shoes to wear with navy trousers?

Updated April 17, 2017

Navy blue is a difficult colour to match. Some shades are a true dark blue, while others have hints of grey or black. Choosing an appropriate shoe colour for your navy suit or trousers can boost your appearance and confidence.

Colours that work

Wear shoes that are as dark or darker than your trousers. Opt for black, charcoal or dark brown. If you are adventurous, red is also an option for casual outings. Red with navy is too audacious for the workplace, however. Complete the look by matching your accessories with your shoes.

Avoid light colours

Do not wear light-coloured shoes. Colours such as tan and beige do not complement navy trousers. Avoid Oxford and wingtip styles.

Shoe myths

Wearing black shoes with navy was once considered a fashion faux pas, but for more than 10 years, the colour combination has been acceptable thanks to Donna Karan. According to Sherry Maysonave, founder of Empowerment Enterprises, Karan is credited with introducing the versatility of navy with black shoes.

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