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Top Tips for Matching Baseball Caps with Footwear

By Taylor James


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Baseball caps are taking the fashion world by storm. Gone are the days when baseball caps were only for casual wear to baseball games or mowing your lawn on a hot summer day. 

With new fashion territory comes new pitfalls. There are a few fashion faux pas that you could easily run into with your baseball cap.

It’s important to think about your outfit as a whole—from the top of your head to your toes. This ensures that you’ve gone for a cohesive outfit rather than just reaching for your favorite wardrobe pieces. Here are the top tips for matching baseball caps with your footwear. 

Grey sneakers and dad hat

Match the color of your baseball cap to the color of your shoes. 

The color match doesn’t need to be exact, but it helps if both of these pieces live in the same color family. For example, you probably wouldn’t want to match hot pink sneakers with a maroon baseball cap. 

To make a bold statement, match the color of your shoes and your cap exactly. Celebrities are embracing monochrome, so why shouldn’t you? 

Blue baseball hat with blue sneakers

Lean into similar fabrics. 

If you’re wearing a cotton baseball cap, kicking around in cotton shoes will keep your look light and airy. On the other hand, if you’re wearing a wool baseball cap, consider a heavier shoe fabric.

It doesn’t have to be wool exactly, but something that matches the weight of the material for a fall/winter look. 

Determine which part of the outfit you want to be your statement piece. 

Who’s the star of this outfit? The shoes or the baseball cap? You can use your whole outfit to highlight a statement piece. Consider wearing toned-down shoes that won’t draw a lot of visual attention if you’re highlighting the baseball cap.

On the other hand, if you’re wearing retro Air Jordans, you might want to wear a more neutral hat without a lot of design interest. 

Air Jordans on Amazon.

Pair your baseball hat and shoes based on quality. 

If you’re spending a good chunk of money on a Melin baseball cap, you probably don’t want to pair this quality hat with your dirty, grass-stained sneakers. Your shoes don’t need to be designer—unless you want them to be—they need to look nice so they don’t detract from your baseball cap.

If you’re going for a more rugged look, by all means, pair your favorite boots that have seen a few trails to add some edge to your outfit.

Melin hats on Amazon.

Dress for the weather. 

If you live somewhere where you have to deal with seasons like fall and winter, using the weather to inform your fashion can be stylish and functional. Pairing original wool baseball caps with boots can help keep you a bit warmer while also looking great. The wool texture of your vintage ball cap will complement any wool or fur features on your boots, creating a subtle, cohesive look.

There are plenty of ways to create matches between your baseball caps and various shoes and boots. From classic color-centric choices to playing with texture or quality, the style tips in this list are sure to make a strong impression.

About Taylor James

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