Everyone has their own idea of what chinos represent. Some can’t shake off the original rather formal, military-style of chino, which invariably came in beige or light cream. But others have a much more open interpretation of the trouser – after all, it was always a style rather than a colour. They see chinos as much more of a formal/casual crossover trouser, that’s equally at home in an office situation or out in the city on a Friday night.
So that brings us to the next question: how to wear chinos. Occupying this blurry line between smart and casual, you’ve got plenty of options for shoes and other garments to complement your chinos. Let’s address the most common chino questions now.
What shoes should I wear with chinos?
Because of the semi-formal nature of chinos, you can wear them with almost any style of shoe. Whatever you wear with jeans, you’ll also be able to wear with chinos, but because of the more orderly silhouette, a pair of smart shoes won’t look out of place.
A good pair of chukka shoes will set off a pair of chinos. Brown chukkas go with traditional beige or navy chinos, obeying the style rules for any social event and many modern business events.
When you’re really chilling, a pair of loose-fitting straight chinos look perfectly in place with your favourite trainers. Put on your pair of Timberland dark chinos and step into your white trainers.
Because chinos tend to be tailored close to the calf, chunky boots might be a struggle to wear with them, although a pair of our Timberland Chelsea boots will sit snugly underneath and work well.