What Color Goes With Gray Sneakers?

Sophia Al-Rashid keeps it neutral at the Venice Biennale, 2011.

Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images Entertainment/Getty Images

The ultimate comfort shoe, sneakers can go upscale, trendy or gym-ready. No matter where you plan to head out in sneakers, color coordinating your outfit can pull things together. Gray sneakers work with so many colors that you're sure to look hot and feel great, no matter the season.

Neutrals

Neutrals are a sure-fire safe bet to pair with gray sneakers, and they were even chic enough for celeb Sophia Al-Rashid to show off at Venice's Biennale art show. Black, white and gray play off each other beautifully. Gray clothes pair well with gray sneakers, so long as the grays are either both warm or both cool. You can't mix cool grays, which have blue to black undertones, with warm grays, which have brown or muddy undertones. Gray can go with some deeper browns but doesn't work well with tans or khakis.

Brights

Bold bright colors in your outfit get a break from subtle footwear like gray sneakers. Multi-purpose gray pairs well with vivid hues of red, green, yellow or blue. Choose either an intense hue, such as cobalt blue, emerald green, or fire engine red, or a paler shade, such as teal or red violet. How well the colors blend depend on the specific shade of gray you're working with.

Lighter Looks

For spring and summer, you might prefer a lighter hue to match your gray. Many pastels complement gray. Try pale blues such as ice blue or robin's egg, ultra light pastel pinks, light purples such as lavender or lilac, light greens such as mint and even pale buttery yellows. As with brights, not every shade of gray will work with pastel, so check it out. Dark grays and light hues have more contrast, but the right light gray can look sweet.

Pulling it Together

As classic kicking-around shoes, sneakers and jeans flow together naturally. Sneakers go surprisingly well with skirts for a fun, flirty look. They're not really work appropriate, unless you're talking casual Friday. Sneakers also might not be the best choice for summertime, since your feet get hot in there and can turn sweaty.

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