We’re not going to make you read to the bottom to reveal the answer to this popular question.
Here’s what you need to know:
- Brown shoes can be worn with black suits, but the shade of brown worn makes a big difference.
- Brown shoes can be paired with black jeans, but you need to think carefully about the type of shoes, or even boots, that you wear.
- Brown shoes can also be worn with black chinos/pants, but like above, the shoe style and colour make a big difference.
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Know Your Acceptable Brown Shoes
If you’re unsure what brown shoes are acceptable with a suit, it’s simple.
- Loafers – Tassel or no tassel is acceptable.
- Oxfords – Good shine, lace-ups
- Brogues – Again, look for a good shine.
- Chukkas – Mostly found in suede
- Chelsea boot – Leather or suede, no laces in a good shine (if leather)
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Brown Shoes And A Black Suit
You’re probably wondering why you don’t see men wearing black suits with brown shoes more often and put simply it’s because black shoes and a black suit is a safer bet.
The most important thing to remember when wearing brown shoes with a black suit is to choose a darker shade of brown. Tan shoes will NOT be suitable. Use the images above as a guide as the right shade of brown. Any lighter than this and we would say wear black shoes instead.
Keep things as monochromatic as possible on top. Too many colours and shades will not work. Bradley Cooper’s example above is what we recommend.
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Brown Shoes And Black Jeans
One of our favourite combinations all year round is black jeans and brown shoes. Although, when we say shoes we really mean brown boots. What boots? Chelsea boots, hiking boots and importantly dress boots will work superbly with a pair of black jeans.
If you don’t own a pair of boots, don’t worry. Lace-up Oxfords, brogues and even loafers will work just fine. In this case with denim, lighter shades of brown shoes will also be suitable. See Justin Theroux above (far right) for an example of lighter brown (even tan) boots.
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Brown Shoes And Black Pants / Chinos
Last on our list is the black trouser/chinos question when wearing black shoes. Here you have more freedom to wear pretty much any type of brown and style of shoe.
We prefer the loafer, oxford or even monk strap in this scenario. Even brown leather sneakers would be suitable in this occasion.
NOTE: Your trousers must not be too long otherwise they will sit awkwardly on the shoe (like the image in the middle).
If you’re wearing loafers then you’ll want to ditch the socks and make sure the trouser length is on the shorter side. Complete the look with a leather jacket, black blazer or simply a well-ironed t-shirt or shirt.
There you have it, a simple guide on how to wear brown shoes with a black suit. Keep scrolling for more inspiration on what to wear with your black suit, trousers and jeans.
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