There are those items in a man’s wardrobe that, while basic, are so important as to be indispensible; a great pair of jeans, a well fitting blazer, plain white t-shirts, an oxford button up and so on. Two different pairs of brown shoes, a polished lace up and a more casual loafer, are also absolute essentials in every well dressed man’s arsenal. The perfect dark brown shoe can be worn with nearly every color from navy and grey suits, to dark blue denim, to khakis, and every look in between. Because a man should have options, two pairs of shoes give you the versatility to work with nearly every garment in your closet.
The first pair of brown shoes a well dressed man should own is a nice pair of dark brown lace up “dress” type shoes. Many styles are available from cap toes to wing tips and worn in a dark brown and well polished leather they are always appropriate and timeless. While perfectly at home with a navy or gray suit this type of shoe can also add some formality to a more casual look. Try wearing them with chinos for a modern and dressy look.
The second style in the brown shoe one-two punch is a casual loafer. As with lace ups there are endless styles to choose from including more casual “driving” style loafers to more formal dress types. Any of these styles work wonderfully with a casual outfit of denim or khakis and can even be paired with shorts for spring and summer occasions. I recommend pairing a loafer with a cotton suit for a cool and elegant summer wedding look. Just in time for spring and summer the brown loafer is warm weather footwear at its finest so ditch the socks and show some ankle.
If you have not already, give the brown shoes a chance. One casual and one formal, and I guarantee you will be won over by their versatility. Get ready to stand out from the black shoe masses! One note though, unlike black shoes (where any black belt will do), if you are wearing a brown belt with your brown shoes it must match or be vastly different. Example, if you are wearing a rich chocolate brown shoe, your belt must be equally rich in that chocolate brown shade or of separate earth tone entirely like cream or olive green.
Written by Scott Wicken