What Shoes Look Good With Flannel Shirts

Selena Gomez pairs a flannel shirt with sneakers at an Adidas conference in Los Angeles.
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A flannel shirt can easily shed its lumberjack rep with the help of the right shoe. Fortunately, the right shoe can take many forms -- from a burly boot to a simple slip-on. A flannel shirt can be surprisingly versatile if it has the proper shoe to take the lead.

1 Shoot for Boots

Revive the 1990s appeal of the flannel shirt with a pair of boots. You can go with lace-up boots for a healthy dose of grunge or a bootie for a tough look that's a bit more lax. Tuck skinny jeans into tall lace-ups or pair them with an ankle boot to let them show. Find boots in a vivid hue for a playful pop of color.

2 Opt for Oxfords

OK, this might sound a bit strange, but it works. An oxford balances the ruggedness of a flannel shirt; it adds polish as a dressy shoe but without too much flash thanks to a low or nonexistent heel and clean, simple lines. A pair in black and white or any neutral combo is easily mixed with your flannel. Pair this classic with a slim pant or knee-length A-line skirt.

3 Comfy Combo

Nothing beats a pair of sneakers for comfort. Pick a slim, low-cut pair, rather than bulky athletic shoes. For a feminine touch, try sneakers with a wedge heel, matching or coordinating the shoe to your shirt. Slide into a pair of skinnies or boot-cut jeans, and you have a comfy and casual look that can't go wrong.

Whitney DeGroat began her writing career in 2007 at "The Springfield Paper." She has also written for newspapers such as the "Springfield News-Sun" and "Dayton Daily News" and served as a fashion columnist for "The Torch." DeGroat received a Bachelor of Arts in English at Wittenberg University.