Not quite as sparkly as silver yet a few shades away from charcoal, the muted pewter tones of a gunmetal shoe lend an understated glam that works for strolling art galleries or striding through workplace hallways. Pull these shoes out of the closet to function as a neutral with rich jewel tones or as a hint of shimmer with a white or black outfit. Both women and men can try them instead of the black shoes you might otherwise pair with heather gray or jeans.

Little Black Spark

If you've got a little black dress and just want to add a hint of bling, reach for a pair of strappy gunmetal heels. This shade of silver is sophisticated enough for a fancy dinner or a job interview. These shoes also look cool for dressy-casual looks when you add dark blue jeans and a sleek black top -- just add a bejeweled clutch to polish off this night-out ensemble. For the guys, add the shoes to black slacks and a shirt-and-tie combo in a professional setting, or pair with jeans and a black crewneck.

Cool Neutrals

You'll likely go for the gold, or shades of bronze and copper, when finding a metallic to accompany khaki or olive. Gunmetal is a perfect choice for neutrals with cooler undertones. Think of a white shirtdress accented with pewter or a cool white romper. Or opt for a taupe or beige outfit that has pinkish undertones instead of yellow or olive. Rock a beige wrap dress with gunmetal pumps and pewter accessories; men can add gunmetal shoes to beige pants and a white button-down shirt for a cool twist on a classic.

Precious Jewels

Take the cool roots of this dark silver shade and add some jewel tones for priceless color. Top off gunmetal shoes with a royal blue, jade or purple dress or simply add the jewel tones as accessories. A white sheath dress and gunmetal shoes get a shock of color from a cobalt leather bag. Emerald, sapphire and amethyst jewelry in settings of pewter or silver also coordinate well with these shoes. Men can rock a kelly-green sweater with jeans and accent with pewter shoes and a matching watch.

Monochromatic Match

If you try matching silver shades from your outfit to your shoes and handbag, you could end up with a bit of a mess. Gunmetal, though, anchors a gray outfit and gives it a monochromatic feel without looking like you were trying to match shades and missed the mark. Consider a soft heather-gray sweater dress accented with a pair of pewter heels. The gunmetal shade also gives a sleek finish to a light gray men's or women's suit. Play up the monochromatic effect with gunmetal boots, gray leggings, an ivory sweater and a scarf in yet another shade of gray.