What Color Shoes to Wear With Navy Pants?

By Daniel Alden

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

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Shoes can make or break an outfit.


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Classic black heels go well with any outfit

Wear shoes that are as dark or darker than your pants. 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 -- belt, purse, etc. -- with your shoes.


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Oxford shoes will not compliment the outfit as much as a darker shoe with a heel

Do not wear light-colored shoes. Colors such as tan and beige do not complement navy pants. Avoid oxford and wingtip styles.


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Woman wears navy dress with black heels

Wearing black shoes with navy was once considered a fashion faux pas, but for more than 10 years, the color 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.