Sounds to me like your friend is the "peckerwood". Brown is an acquired taste for many, it was for me (after years of over wearing it as a kid). Tan pants look great with Brown, English Tan, Burgundy, and even Black, but Brown is classic, in my opinion. Tell us more about your friend though, I would like to know a bit about him, age, background, education, where he became so knowledgeable about fashion. Ever watch the NBC morning show, check out Matt Lauers shoes sometime, he wears BROWN a lot, and they look good.