My favorite tweak to a man’s wardrobe is adding olive green shoes, and stores are finally providing me with a large enough selection to write a blog about it.
How To Wear Olive Green Shoes
Olive green shoes are amazing because of their uniqueness and fantastic versatility. They are perfection with any color jeans (except green), make a chino pop, and can even be worn with a charcoal suit if the shoe is dressy enough.
The only issue is that the belt selection has to catch up with the shoe selection. There are so few olive green belts it’s ridiculous — and you know I want you to wear a matching belt with your nicer olive green shoes. Here is what you can do for now: either skip a belt completely as most of these olive green shoes do not need one, or try out one of the few olive green belts I was able to find:
- Penny Luck Belt
- Ted Baker London Kammden Leather Belt
- Reiss Dante Suede Belt
- Tod’s Belt in Canvas and Leather
- Calvin Klein Men’s Pebble Grain Reversible Jean Belt
What Not To Wear With Olive Green Shoes
You don’t want to wear olive green shoes with any green pant, and you basically want to avoid a monochromatic look with olive green as it can feel too militant or costumey. You also do not want to wear olive green shoes with pastels or optic white. Pair olive green with an off-white or cream instead.
Birkenstock Arizona Slide Sandal
Sizing: 8-13.5D, True to size
Material: Synthetic upper, lining and sole
Chaco Z1 Classic Sandal
These casual sandals by Chaco are all about the shorts.
Material: Rubber sole, polyester jacquard webbing upper wraps
Under Armour Men’s UA Micro G® Strikefast Tactical Shoes
Material: Synthetic upper with abrasion-resistant PU
Nike Air Max 90
Material: Rubber Waffle outsole, exposed Air cushioning
Vionic Tide Flip Flop
Sizing: 7-14M, Whole sizes only, for 1/2 sizes, order the next size down
Material: Textile and leather upper, textile lining, rubber sole
Vionic Trent Sneaker
Sizing: 7-13M, True to size
Material: Leather and textile upper, textile lining, rubber sole
Vionic Lucas Sneaker
Sizing: 7-13M, True to size
Material: Leather upper, synthetic lining and sole
Toms Carlo Sneaker
Sizing: 7-14M, True to size
Material: Textile upper and lining, textile and rubber sole
The North Face Larimer Lace II Trail Shoe
Sizing: 8-13M, True to size
Material: Leather and textile upper and lining, rubber sole
Common Projects Original Achilles Sneaker
Sizing: 6-14M, True to size
Material: Leather upper and lining, rubber sole
On Cloud X Training Shoe
Sizing: 7-14M, Runs small, if purchasing this style for the first time, order 1/2 size up
Material: Textile and synthetic upper, textile lining, rubber and synthetic sole
Oliver Cabell Low 1 Birch
Material: Calfskin leather, rubber
Veja Dekkan Sneaker
Sizing: 40-46, If between sizes, order one size down
Material: Recycled-polyester upper and lining, rubber and rice-waste sole
Olive Green Shoes From Years Past
I originally wrote this post years ago and update it regularly due to its popularity. I’ve left these photos below for nostalgic purposes. Whenever I update older posts, I love to hold on to a collection of images as a bit of a time capsule so we can watch how our style evolves.
Sperry Striper II CVO Sneaker
Pair Sperry’s olive Striper II CVO Sneakers with shorts or casual pants and jeans.
Good Man Brand Edge Sneaker
Sperry Striper Storm CVO Sneaker
Clarks Hero Air Sneaker
Camper Walden Chukka Gore-Tex Waterproof Boot
Camper Runner High Top Sneaker
Greats Wooster Slip-On Sneaker
Clarks Citistride Tassel Loafer
Bootleg by John Varvatos Linen Laceless Sneaker
Blackstone NM01 7 Eyelet Sneaker
Greats Royale Ripstop Sneaker
Pair this Greats Royale Ripstop Sneaker with medium to dark blue jeans, dark brown or rich tan pants, and darker shorts.
Gant Bari Sneaker
These Gant Bari Sneakers are my favorite with shorts. They are relaxed, comfortable, and most clients feel comfortable wearing them without socks.
Blackstone QM82 Chukka Boot
Allen Edmonds Mercer Penny Loafer
Wear this Allen Edmonds Mercer Penny Loafer sans socks and pair with cuffed jeans or a beige chino.
Timberland Davis Square Mid Top Chukka Sneaker
These Timberland Davis Square Mid Top Chukka Sneakers really play with different greens and textures, which can open up more pairing options for you. They are available at Amazon, Zappos, and Dillard’s.