This would possibly appear to be a reasonably easy query, but it surely comes up so typically in feedback that I believe it’s value answering in full right here, after which directing anybody sooner or later to this put up.
The rationale individuals ask about footwear with brown trousers, after all, is that brown might be the commonest color of (good) shoe and that’s presumed to be dominated out, being too just like the trousers.
The traditional different could be black, and a black shoe seems nice with brown – whether or not chinos, cords or flannels.
The one downside is that black can also 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 likelihood. As we’ve mentioned earlier than, it’s nice in case 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, reasonably than a cap-toe oxford, think about completely 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 nice. 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 purpose with smarter dressing.
It’s good too that the 2 are differentiated by texture, being shiny calf towards matte wool.
Nonetheless, in case you don’t have the identical requirement to be good (and chances are you’ll 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 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, completely different textures. One is a reflective calf and the opposite a light-sucking flannel.
It additionally helps that the loafers include multiple color of brown. Burnishing by the producer, and put on and sprucing by the proprietor, imply that the shoe is now virtually as darkish because the trouser on its heel and toe. This suits in rather more simply than a easy, flat mid-brown.
Then having understood the principles, we begin breaking them for impact.
As Anglo-Italian exhibit 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 method because the navy shirt with the navy jacket. That is not skilled, workplace dressing, and lots of the guidelines don’t apply in consequence. It’s only a pleasing, tonal model.
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 little bit naturally, and Alden famously redyes theirs after they purchase it from Horween. However you need it to be as darkish as attainable, and that may be achieved with (tentative) use of black cream or polish if you would like.
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 than black, and doesn’t have that office-shoe look.
The color can also be fairly purple, with some blue in there, which could be why it seems – 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 appreciated burgundy or darkish inexperienced in footwear. They stray too far into the dandy class a buddy likes to name ‘colored footwear’. By which I imagine he means every part other than black, brown and white.
Talking of white, an ecru canvas shoe will be good with an informal brown trouser, comparable 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 reasonably than white.
I believe that’s about it. I’ve seen tan leather-based footwear look OK with brown trousers, but it surely’s not one thing I’d put on myself.
If black loafers really feel a little bit boring along with your brown trousers, possibly strive some vibrant (however darkish) socks, reasonably than striving for brighter footwear.