This may appear to be a reasonably easy query, however it comes up so usually in feedback that I believe it’s value answering in full right here, after which directing anybody sooner or later to this submit.
The explanation individuals ask about footwear with brown trousers, after all, is that brown might be the most typical color of (good) shoe and that’s presumed to be dominated out, being too much like the trousers.
The basic different could be black, and a black shoe seems to be nice with brown – whether or not chinos, cords or flannels.
The one downside 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 good occasion.
Personally I believe they need to give black one other probability. As we’ve mentioned earlier than, it’s nice when you wish to put on loads of tonal, chilly colors, as I do. And brought out of a piece context, it may look very stylish.
Go for a idler or a boot, relatively than a cap-toe oxford, think about completely different supplies like suede, cordovan or grain.
Subsequent, let’s discuss brown – sporting brown footwear with brown trousers.
First off, if the swimsuit is a mid- or mild brown, dark-brown footwear are nice. With my Dalcuore brown tweed swimsuit above, the footwear are clearly darker than the swimsuit, creating the excellence between the 2 that’s usually the intention with smarter dressing.
It’s good too that the 2 are differentiated by texture, being shiny calf in opposition to matte wool.
Nevertheless, when you don’t have the identical requirement to be good (and you might not, given black has already been dominated out) then it may be nice if the footwear are a contact lighter than the trousers.
Above, I’m sporting 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, completely 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 suits in way more simply than a easy, flat mid-brown.
Then having understood the principles, we begin breaking them for impact.
As Anglo-Italian display with their mixture above, a brown shoe that’s virtually precisely the identical because the trousers isn’t essentially dangerous.
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 because of this. It’s only a pleasing, tonal fashion.
The opposite possibility for footwear is a darkish color that isn’t brown or black. Horween’s Colour 8 cordovan is, for me, king on this regard.
Colour 8 varies slightly naturally, and Alden famously redyes theirs after they purchase it from Horween. However you need it to be as darkish as potential, and that may be achieved with (tentative) use of black cream or polish in order for you.
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 seems to be – for me – so significantly better than most colors known as ‘burgundy’. Redder tones will 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 pal likes to name ‘colored footwear’. By which I imagine he means the whole lot aside from black, brown and white.
Talking of white, an ecru canvas shoe will be good with an off-the-cuff brown trouser, corresponding to cotton or linen.
And talking of canvas, black canvas will be nice with brown chinos too. One thing just like the black Doek oxford, however with the black laces they arrive with relatively than white.
I believe that’s about it. I’ve seen tan leather-based footwear look OK with brown trousers, however it’s not one thing I’d put on myself.
If black loafers really feel slightly boring along with your brown trousers, possibly attempt some vibrant (however darkish) socks, relatively than striving for brighter footwear.