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When jeans or black pants are too predictable, consider a charcoal gray trouser. Dark gray, is just as versatile as black as it is still considered a neutral. You can don charcoal gray pants in the same styles you would your other pants -- cigarette style, skinny jean, wide leg, flare and so on -- and maintain total freedom to experiment with shoes of various colors. Whether a statement shoe or toned-down pair, you can't go wrong with charcoal gray pants.
Are you in the mood to channel the 1980's but in a modern way? Go with a neon color shoe. "Teen Vogue" notes that you can pull off neon in your ensemble by making sure to pair it with neutrals. Fabulously, your charcoal gray pants are totally neutral and thus neon-ready. Go with electric yellow, hot orange, bright blue or any other neon shoe you come across. Just make sure to keep the rest of your outfit, like your top and accessories, toned down.
What outfit doesn't go with neutral color shoes? Nude pumps are gorgeous, classy and exude style beneath charcoal pants. If you like tradition, stick with a black or navy shoe in matte or patent leather or go with a gray pair in a fun suede or other material. Any color that is really earthy or basic is totally appropriate.
If you want to add some excitement to your outfit and bring in more than one color, go for a print or pattern that is multicolor. Animal prints like leopard, zebra or giraffe are really classic but show you know how to have fashion fun. If animal prints aren't your thing, maybe stripes, lace, polka dots or another pattern are. With neutral gray as your jumping off point even the entire rainbow landing on your shoe could be a good thing.
If you want to bring some sparkle in a sophisticated way, go with a metallic shoe. Jess Cartner-Morley, Fashion Editor at "The Guardian" says that gold shoes go with everything and work especially well with neutral colors that most ladies already have in their wardrobes. So, go gold, but also try silver, bronze or gunmetal to bring on the shine.