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post #16 of 28
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Thank you for all of your comments so far. Unfortunately, I'm not sure I'm any better off yet...

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So there really aren't any "rules" for black and brown together? And personal rules-of-thumb don't count.

Does this mean my "Han Solo rule" doesn't count? (Han Solo, as you may recall, combined black, brown, and navy with abandon. The eponymous rule is that these three may be combined at will. I am nearly serious about this, although I have recommended against wearing black trousers with a navy blazer.)
post #17 of 28
I think beyond this forum's hatred of black shoes, brown and black are not generally considered to go together. I think most not-to-close shades of brown and tan work, as do blue, olive, and even gray. I think the burgundy, merlot and reddish shades work too.
post #18 of 28
The forum does not hate black shoes so much as the forum adores very expensive world-class shoes. And most of these shoes are brown. (For example.) Brown better displays the quality of the leather and workmanship than black. It's like wood furniture: if you secure some tremendously rare and beautiful wood to have made into a table, odds are you will not paint the table black -- better would be a light brown stain, maybe with a red or green shade, to fully display the beauty of the wood. So generally speaking, any chance to wear a brown shoe is a chance you will take if you have a closet full of gorgeous shoes made from high-quality leathers. Black shoes look awful with light to medium brown pants. It's not only stupid to pass on the chance to wear medium to dark brown shoes, it also just looks bad. The black sucks the life out of the light brown and makes the combination look flat and too contrasty. The lack of a good shoe for dark brown is a reason you don't see so many dark brown suits. Tan looks great with brown shoes, but dark brown is harder to do. It's like navy odd trousers. There's nothing wrong with dark brown for odd trousers, but since the color is often used elsewhere, i.e., in shoes and odd jackets (as blue is used in shirts and blazers), then it's just hard to wear dark brown odd trousers if your wardrobe is full of the usual choices because they will match things they are not supposed to match. And generally shoes look better more easily if they are darker than your pants. You can wear light brown shoes with dark brown pants and pull it off, but you better do a good job coordinating the style and textures and so forth. Dark brown cords will look good with lots of medium brown boots, for example. There's not really a good rule here. You could wear black shoes with dark brown pants, but I think this would look better with a dark brown suit & white shirt & black tie than it would with some kind of shirt or jacket that contrasts with the pants. Maybe wear a dark navy crewneck sweater over a dress shirt with no jacket. Or maybe black shoes + chocolate pants could work with a dark navy blazer. What I would not do is wear black shoes, chocolate pants, and a contrasting (light) brown odd jacket, but maybe you could pull it off I dunno.
post #19 of 28
Excellent post, particularly the furniture analogy.

It does make dark brown seem rather difficult. Perhaps medium brown is a little better. I also think that a dark brown suit with tan shoes is not that risky.

I guess the general guideline of shoes darker than trousers make sense too.
post #20 of 28
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The forum does not hate black shoes so much as the forum adores very expensive world-class shoes. And most of these shoes are brown. (For example.) Brown better displays the quality of the leather and workmanship than black. It's like wood furniture: if you secure some tremendously rare and beautiful wood to have made into a table, odds are you will not paint the table black -- better would be a light brown stain, maybe with a red or green shade, to fully display the beauty of the wood. So generally speaking, any chance to wear a brown shoe is a chance you will take if you have a closet full of gorgeous shoes made from high-quality leathers.

Black shoes look awful with light to medium brown pants. It's not only stupid to pass on the chance to wear medium to dark brown shoes, it also just looks bad. The black sucks the life out of the light brown and makes the combination look flat and too contrasty.

The lack of a good shoe for dark brown is a reason you don't see so many dark brown suits. Tan looks great with brown shoes, but dark brown is harder to do. It's like navy odd trousers. There's nothing wrong with dark brown for odd trousers, but since the color is often used elsewhere, i.e., in shoes and odd jackets (as blue is used in shirts and blazers), then it's just hard to wear dark brown odd trousers if your wardrobe is full of the usual choices because they will match things they are not supposed to match.

And generally shoes look better more easily if they are darker than your pants. You can wear light brown shoes with dark brown pants and pull it off, but you better do a good job coordinating the style and textures and so forth. Dark brown cords will look good with lots of medium brown boots, for example.

There's not really a good rule here. You could wear black shoes with dark brown pants, but I think this would look better with a dark brown suit & white shirt & black tie than it would with some kind of shirt or jacket that contrasts with the pants. Maybe wear a dark navy crewneck sweater over a dress shirt with no jacket. Or maybe black shoes + chocolate pants could work with a dark navy blazer. What I would not do is wear black shoes, chocolate pants, and a contrasting (light) brown odd jacket, but maybe you could pull it off I dunno.

post #21 of 28
Brown, Brown, Brown.
post #22 of 28
I'm not sure you are going to find any "rules" here, especially when it comes to brown pants, for which I could see making a case for nearly any shade of shoe. You really have to see what looks good. Wear the pants to a shoe store and try on a bunch.
post #23 of 28
Blue suede moccasins.
post #24 of 28
Read this for a few weeks: http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...2619&page=1512 It will help you.
post #25 of 28
Manton has mentioned on occasion that black shoes can look very good with dark brown suits or trousers. There are some "Golden Age" illustrations that show this pairing. It can look rather striking.

Dark brown shoes with dark brown suits or trouser seem a little monochromatic.

My favorite shoe color for pairing with dark brown slacks is Allen-Edmonds chili, but, then, I'm mighty partial to that color, period.
post #26 of 28
Dark brown with a black shoe is fine. Much better IMO than some of the other recommended colors such as olive, burgundy or grey, really? Dark grey sweater on top or black will work I would'nt do navy.
post #27 of 28
There are two rules (guidelines, really) that come to mine:
Light brown is quite casual for work (unless "casual" also allows, say, jeans).
All else being equal, light brown makes big feet look bigger.
post #28 of 28
Fkit, I'm resurrecting this Methuselah thread because the comment from Dewey, above, is too good to languish in the archives. Enjoy.
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