If you ask 100 people what color khaki is, you’re likely to get a whole lot of different answers. Khaki is more like a group of neutrals, rather than a specific color. It can vary from dark to light and swing from tones with more brown to green to grey.
Khaki is neutral, which it makes it incredibly versatile, matching with basically every other color. Khaki can create both casual and dressier looks.
What color shoes go with khaki pants? The answer will depend more on the total outfit and the occasion, the season, and the place you’re wearing them, rather than what matches. Everything matches with khaki!
If you are looking to carry your khaki pants throughout the year, you’ll need to style them differently as the seasons change. All it takes is a few strategic pieces to create a number of looks that will work for any type of weather.
The shoes you choose will play a big part in that.
So, in this article, we are going to look at different styles of shoes, from casual to more dressy, in different colors that will not only look great with khaki pants but also reflect the changing colors of the seasons.
So, no matter what time of year it is, you’ll look great and season-appropriate in your khaki pants.
What Color Shoes Go With Khaki Pants?
Khaki pants come in different shades and tones and can be worn casually or dressed up. The combinations you can make with a pair of khaki pants can take you from a PTA meeting to the office and the coffee shop to an evening soiree.
Khaki pants can play the field and can be a great alternative to both jeans and black dress slacks.
The different shoe colors that go with khaki pants are as diverse as the places and seasons in which you can wear them.
So we are going to go over some different colors and styles of shoes that can have you rocking your khaki pants all year long.
1. Khaki Shoes
A khaki shoe the same color as your pants are perfect if you are going with a minimalist style, or need a shoe that does not compete with the rest of the outfit.
Strappy heels and open-toed mules are definitely spring and summer shoes. A flat loafer is a great style that can carry over into the fall and boots for winter always work.
2. Black Shoes
Black and khaki is a versatile, timeless color scheme that will never steer you wrong.
It’s also a color combination that can work for all seasons and be either dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
3. White Shoes
White is also neutral.
But unlike other neutrals, white creates a really stark contrast against other colors because of its brightness.
So when pairing white shoes with khaki pants, it’s best to have something else in your outfit that is also white to tie everything together.
4. Brown Shoes
Brown shoes are undoubtedly one of the most popular choices of shoe colors to wear with khaki pants. Brown and khaki are neutrals, earth tones and in the same color family, so they naturally go together. These complementing colors will have you looking coordinated and well put together.
4. Bold Patterned Shoes
Khaki pants will allow your shoes to take center stage, so why not make an impact? No one said your shoes have to be just one color!
There are two ways to approach shoes or boots with a pattern when pairing them with your khaki pants:
- Match them to your pants. Make sure the color of your pants is somewhere in the pattern.
2. Choose one of the colors in the shoe for one of your clothing pieces or accessories to tie the outfit together. As in the photo above, a solid-colored top in the same light teal green as in her shoes makes this a cohesive ensemble.
She could have just as easily gone with red, orange, purple, or any of the other colors in her shoes and any of them would work just as well.
Or you could go neutral on the top and add some statement jewelry and/or accessories that pick up one of the colors in the shoes.
Just remember: If you are going to go for patterned footwear, keep the rest of your ensemble relatively low-key.
Choose solid colors, rather than competing patterns.
Any shoe or boot with a bold patterned design will become the showpiece of your outfit.
5. Every Other Color!
Khaki will go with any color. Just be mindful of the seasons and stick with seasonal colors when you’re styling out your khaki pants.
Each season has its colors that are generally associated with that time of year. We’ve put together some color swatches to give you an idea of what colors you should be aiming to coordinate with.
Because khaki pants go with anything, mind the color and the style of the shoe that’s appropriate for when you’re wearing them.
As the weather changes, you’ll want to go from strappy sandals to closed-toe shoes that give you a little more skin coverage.
What Kind Of Shoes Should You Wear With Khaki Pants?
You can wear a wide variety of shoes with khaki pants. But like the color you choose, the style of the shoe will depend on the occasion and season.
Here are just a few of your options.
Flats come in all shapes and sizes. Whether you go for a sandal, ballet flats, slingbacks, loafers, or even boots, flats are perfect for any casual outfit, can work with office attire and some can even work for semi-formal occasions.
They are comfortable and minimal, so they just kind of blend in and go with everything.
Mules are not only super easy to wear but also super versatile and can be worn with a variety of outfits.
Their backless design makes them easy to slip in and out of and gives your feet a little room to breathe while still looking fashion forward. Mules also come in a range of heel heights, so there are a pair of mules out there that is right for you.
Sneakers are not just comfortable to wear, but they look great with a casual khaki pants outfit. With sneakers, you don’t have to sacrifice comfort for style.
4. Strappy Block Heels
If you are looking for shoes that are a little less casual and want to take your style up a notch, strappy block heels are perfect. They will give any outfit with khaki pants a more feminine and sophisticated look.
A block heel provides both stability and comfort and you can choose the height you are most comfortable with.
5. Ankle Boots
Ankle boots are a great complement to just about any fall or winter outfit. There are so many different styles of ankle boots.
The one you choose will really depend on your personal style. If you have a more casual style, a Chelsea ankle boot is perfect.
For those that are a little edgier, a combat boot will put a little kick-ass into any outfit.
If you’re going for a more chic and elegant look, a sleek ankle boot with a heel is just what you need.
If you are looking for something somewhere in the middle that’s not too out there, but shows your unique flair, wedge ankle boots are fun and stylish.
Khaki means different things to different people. It’s sorta brown, but not quite (see our article on What Colors Go With Brown Clothes if necessary).
The bottom line: any color of shoe or boot will go with khaki pants. But you need to choose not only the right color but the right shoe style for the occasion, the outfit, and the season.