This would possibly appear to be a reasonably easy query, but it surely comes up so typically in feedback that I feel it’s value answering in full right here, after which directing anybody sooner or later to this publish.
The explanation folks ask about footwear with brown trousers, in fact, is that brown might be the commonest color of (sensible) shoe and that’s presumed to be dominated out, being too much like the trousers.
The basic different can be black, and a black shoe appears nice with brown – whether or not chinos, cords or flannels.
The one drawback is that black can be the neatest color, and for lots of people it’s a shoe they’d solely put on to work, or to a equally sensible occasion.
Personally I feel they need to give black one other probability. As we’ve mentioned earlier than, it’s nice when you wish to put on a number of tonal, chilly colors, as I do. And brought out of a piece context, it might probably look very stylish.
Go for a idler or a boot, somewhat than a cap-toe oxford, take into account totally different supplies like suede, cordovan or grain.
Subsequent, let’s speak about brown – carrying brown footwear with brown trousers.
First off, if the go well with is a mid- or gentle brown, dark-brown footwear are effective. With my Dalcuore brown tweed go well with above, the footwear are clearly darker than the go well with, creating the excellence between the 2 that’s usually the goal with smarter dressing.
It’s good too that the 2 are differentiated by texture, being shiny calf towards matte wool.
Nevertheless, when you don’t have the identical requirement to be sensible (and chances are you’ll not, given black has already been dominated out) then it may be effective if the footwear are a contact lighter than the trousers.
Above, I’m carrying the ‘darkish oak’ color of leather-based from Edward Inexperienced as a idler, with the darker brown of Fox ‘charbrown’ flannel above.
It helps right here that the footwear and trousers are, as above, totally different textures. One is a reflective calf and the opposite a light-sucking flannel.
It additionally helps that the loafers comprise multiple color of brown. Burnishing by the producer, and put on and sharpening by the proprietor, imply that the shoe is now virtually as darkish because the trouser on its heel and toe. This matches in way more simply than a easy, flat mid-brown.
Then having understood the foundations, we begin breaking them for impact.
As Anglo-Italian reveal with their mixture above, a brown shoe that’s virtually precisely the identical because the trousers isn’t essentially unhealthy.
It’s only a look, in a lot the identical manner because the navy shirt with the navy jacket. That is not skilled, workplace dressing, and lots of the guidelines don’t apply consequently. It’s only a pleasing, tonal type.
The opposite possibility for footwear is a darkish color that isn’t brown or black. Horween’s Shade 8 cordovan is, for me, king on this regard.
Shade 8 varies a bit naturally, and Alden famously redyes theirs once they purchase it from Horween. However you need it to be as darkish as doable, and that may be achieved with (tentative) use of black cream or polish if you need.
This color is so darkish that for many individuals, they don’t discover it’s not black. And but it’s clearly richer and deeper and black, and doesn’t have that office-shoe look.
The color can be fairly purple, with some blue in there, which may be why it appears – for me – so significantly better than most colors known as ‘burgundy’. Redder tones might be OK with navy, however I like them much less with charcoal or brown trousers.
I’ve by no means notably preferred burgundy or darkish inexperienced in footwear. They stray too far into the dandy class a good friend likes to name ‘colored footwear’. By which I imagine he means all the pieces aside from black, brown and white.
Talking of white, an ecru canvas shoe might be good with an informal brown trouser, corresponding to cotton or linen.
And talking of canvas, black canvas might be nice with brown chinos too. One thing just like the black Doek oxford, however with the black laces they arrive with somewhat than white.
I feel that’s about it. I’ve seen tan leather-based footwear look OK with brown trousers, but it surely’s not one thing I might put on myself.
If black loafers really feel a bit boring along with your brown trousers, possibly attempt some vibrant (however darkish) socks, somewhat than striving for brighter footwear.