What Color of Shoes to Wear With a Gray Sweater and Dark Jeans

Nora Zehetner wears a gray sweater, dark jeans and black pumps to a movie screening.

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It's hard to imagine an event -- save an uber fancy one -- for which you couldn't pull off dark jeans and a gray sweater. With a basic, but totally chic, outfit like this one, you can utilize one stylistic element to change up your whole look -- your shoes. By wearing your sweater-jean combination with shoe colors spanning the rainbow, you can make a big statement, stay subtle and have lots of fun. And that's what it's all about.


Go Red. There is nothing like this bold pop of color on your feet to make you look and feel like a vixen even in a casual outfit like your jean-sweater ensemble. Perfect for any event that calls for a bit of drama, you can wear red pumps, red wedges, red flats and pretty much any other shoe style you can imagine. Another great thing about red shoes, is that they transcend seasons and trends, meaning you can buy one pair and wear them for years.

Leopard Print

You're a lot of fun, but your gray sweater and dark jean look may not scream that to the world. Well, throw on some leopard pumps, flats or boots and all of a sudden the world will understand just how fun -- but not without style -- you really are. "Elle Girl" notes that leopard print is just as classic as a basic black and white pattern. To pull it off well, the mag's editors recommend going sleek and subtle with the rest of your look, which is exactly what you're already doing with a neutral outfit on top.

Sapphire, Amethyst, Emerald and Other Jewel Tones

A jewel tone like sapphire will look gorgeous with your gray sweater and dark jeans. While still subtle, you'll add some visual interest to your outfit and break up the neutral tone to the look. Go shiny with silk shoes or matte with leather or leather alternatives, but choose any precious gem and go for a shoe in that saturated color.

Black, Browns or Other Neutrals

Neutrals match neutrals, that's just a fact, and while putting together this particular outfit, you'll make no exception. If you fear color or just love a good nude pump, you can't go wrong with neutral shoes in black, tan, nude, brown, navy or other natural tones. To dress up a neutral shoe, especially with a basic outfit of gray and dark blue, choose a shoe with an embellishment like rhinestones or bows.


Now's your chance to get a little spicy with your shoe choice and style your outfit with neon. Try electric yellow, orange, pink -- you name it. Gray and dark blue jeans create a perfect base for color experimentation like this, so don't be shy. Do, however, keep the neons located on your feet and not also in your accessories.

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