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If you're used to wearing brown, black or nude shoes as your neutral footwear, you're likely feeling a little bit like a fish out of water with a new pair of gray suede shoes. While it may take some time to get used to adding gray into your shoe wardrobe, you're super fortunate -- since gray is a neutral, too, it's easy to style with. Get started with some new outfit ideas and you'll get the hang of it in no time.
If you've found yourself a beautiful pair of gray suede dress shoes and you're in a rush, your immediate go-to is, and always should be, black. Marrying these two neutrals creates a posh palette that's neither too dressy nor too dressed down -- a lovely meeting. Let's say your shoes are stiletto-heel pumps; opt for your black cocktail minidress. Or, if you need a cool-weather outfit to go with gray booties, pull on a slinky black crewneck sweater and black maxi skirt.
Since you're stepping outside of your usual comfort zone by opting for gray footwear, make the rest of your ensemble interesting, too, by selecting a rich blue hue. Think sapphire, indigo, cobalt -- any deep, vibrant blue that turns heads. For a dressier look, pull on a wrap dress and step into a pair of strappy high-heel sandals. Or go casual with a sapphire-hued slouchy sweater over a pair of dark blue skinny jeans and gray stiletto-heel booties.
When you're going for a winter white look and you're hoping to keep it soft without only adding black, bringing in a touch of gray softens your look but keeps it winter-appropriate. Let's say you have a winter white three-quarter length coat hanging in your closet but you're hesitant to wear it. Start your look by pulling it on over a charcoal sweater and a pair of black skinny jeans. Step into gray ankle boots and you're done -- so chic.
Gray suede shoes fare extremely well in transitionally cool weather -- they're not too light and they're not too dark. When autumn is fast approaching and you're looking for an it's-not-quite-winter-yet ensemble, play with muted, fall-inspired hues such as army green and dark denim. Pull on an army green utility jacket over an oxford blue button-down shirt. Slide on a pair of dark rinse straight-leg jeans and finish your outfit with a pair of gray ballet flats.