What Color Shoes Do I Wear With Olive Green Pants?

Wear black shoes with your olive green pants, like Melissa Satta.

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A pair of olive green pants seems so amazing -- it's a neutral building block with a hint of color. So much more exciting than beige khakis, and more distinctive than your usual bluejeans! However, since they're green, choosing shoes can suddenly feel not so simple. Take a stroll through some new ideas for neutral footwear, and you'll see that those olive pants really are as versatile as you'd hoped.

Dark Brown

Already within earth-tone territory, olive pants just seem to beg for a bit more natural color. When keeping with that down-to-earth aesthetic, opt for a pair of dark brown shoes. Play with earth tones by going with subdued hues that you'd find in nature. Start with a sky blue top for a burst of softness -- think peasant-style top over a pair of olive green straight-leg pants. Step into a pair of dark brown moccasins and you're hippie-chic in seconds.


When you're unsure about what color to pick for your footwear, going with black shoes is always a safe bet. When you're adding shoes to an ensemble with olive pants, it's a perfect choice. Even easier than choosing black shoes is choosing black for the rest of your outfit. Oh, and it's super-chic, too. Think black oversize T-shirt tucked into olive, cropped, skinny pants. Step into chunky black platforms and you're done.


If you're in the mood for a boho-chic look, start off with a pair of tan shoes -- this color is ideal for warmer weather. Think cream-hued racerback tank tucked into a pair of boyfriend-style olive green pants. Messily roll your pant ankles a couple times and slip into a strappy pair of flat tan sandals. Complete your look with a few silver bangles stacked up your wrist and a vintage-inspired printed scarf around your neck. Perfectly undone.


When you're aiming for a sleek, more serious note, go with a pair of taupe shoes with your olive green pants. Here's the thing about taupe -- it's a combination of brown and gray. It goes with everything, and works for every season. Dress your pants up a bit with a shimmery pair of taupe pumps: Visualize a sheer white, ruffled tunic-length blouse over a pair of skinny olive pants. Step into taupe satin pumps and enjoy your special occasion in style.

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