Chinos are one of the most versatile pieces that a man can have in his wardrobe. They can be worn for both casual and formal settings and transcend seasons and style. Additionally, to wear in a formal setting with a well-ironed oxford shirt, you’re instantly sophisticated and easy on the eyes. When picking a slim fit design, you can easily pair it with more casual outfits, throwing a leather biker jacket into the mix with ease.

However, despite its versatility, it’s not always easy to know what shoes to match with a good pair of chinos, especially when you’re trying to stick to a certain style. Fear not, because we have created a guide which will take you through all the possible pairings, and additionally give you a few suggestions on what to throw on on top as well. Read on and never be lost with your footwear again.

Loafers

If you’ve never worn a pair of loafers then you might not think they’re the most versatile shoe out there, but,that’s really just because you haven’t experienced the style for yourself. Whether you’re pairing them for formal or even casual occasions, these shoes are perfect for matching with any style – especially chinos.

Casual

Although loafers and chinos together don’t scream ‘super casual’, you can get a relaxed and comfortable look when pairing the two together. If you want a simpler outfit choice, go for a slimmer fit of chinos and pair with a comfortable fitted T-shirt, then slip on some casual tasseled loafers and you’ve got yourself a put together yet informal outfit. You can easily change up the colours, opting for a pair of bright blue pair of chinos to liven up your look.

However if the idea of matching your chinos with a T-shirt seems a little dull, you can easily pair it with a patterned shirt and still achieve a casual look. Bring some individuality to your outfit and keep your colour palette consistent. For this, switch up your chino choice with a deep-blue pair from Dickies, £44.90. Lastly, to toned down your outfit opt for a more neutral colour loafer. These G.H Bass & Co oxblood loafers, £124.90 are the perfect finish to your look.

In addition to this look, try experimenting with colours and shapes, as loafers go well with both long chinos and the cropped design. If the summer heat is in full force then turn your trouser leg to just above your ankle, slip on a pair of suede loafers and, as long as you’ve rolled up each leg equally, you’ll instantly have a stylish and cool look that’s perfect for the warmer weather.

Some ideal loafers for a casual pairing with chinos are ones that go a little bolder with their design. Whether it’s with unique additions like tassels, stand out colours, or punchier styles, you have a lot of choices when it comes to pairing them with your trusty chinos.

Smart

Loafers and chinos are a classic smart combination. Just google the term and you’ll have dozens of images of chaps rocking the look. How you decide to add some formality to your outfit is up to you, but here are a few tips to get you started.

For a smarter look, it’s best to keep your loafers simple, so that means avoiding the thick soled ones and picking a fitted, slim line design. Don’t worry, because here are plenty to choose from, so you won’t be cornered into one style. When you’re picking your chinos you can go for a range of fits, but try to keep the colours neutral.

For a classic, easy look, match a white oxford shirt with a pair of light coloured chinos from Dickies, £44.90, with a fitted tweed jacket and brown Hudson loafers, £99.90. There’s something effortlessly stylish about this simple combination, and as you’ll most likely be wearing loafers when the weathers a little warmer, it doubles up as a great spring outfit.