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Can I Wear Brown Shoes With Black Pants?

Can I Wear Brown Shoes With Black Pants?

The trick to making black pants and brown shoes work together is recognizing that both are neutral colors. When considering what top to wear, choose one that is neutral as well. That way, you will look put together instead of appearing as if you randomly threw on the first things you grabbed. Read on for some suggestions on how to mix brown shoes with black pants.

Dress Pants

Black dress pants call for dressy heels, be they closed-toe pumps or strappy sandals, but that doesn’t mean they must be black. If you want to change things up a bit, try a pair of brown patent leather sandals. You don’t have to wear stilettos, but even a low heel will look dressier than flats. Add a silk blouse in a cream or tan color and pair it with gold jewelry. If you want to take things up a notch, choose an on-trend animal print blouse. Leopard or cheetah print will nicely tie together the black and brown. If you prefer solid tops, consider a printed handbag instead.


Although most people think blue when it comes to jeans, denim comes in a variety of colors, including black, of course. For a rugged look, pair your black jeans with a flannel shirt in a plaid that has at some brown or tan in it — bonus if there’s some black as well. Finish with a pair of brown work or hiking boots, and you’ll be ready to take on the most demanding chores or head over to the closest trailhead. If you want to look even more stylish, switch out the boots for brown penny loafers.


Like a pair of jeans and a little black dress, black leggings are a wardrobe staple. A well-made set of leggings will take you from the gym to the dance floor and everywhere in between. If you’re planning on meeting friends for coffee or running errands, throw on a pair of brown riding boots for a sleek look. Wear a tunic or an oversize sweater on top. The latter looks terrific when paired with a statement necklace and some chunky bangles. If you want to add some elegance to your outfit, swap out the top for a cashmere turtleneck in a rich caramel color.

What About Dresses?

Just as you can pair brown shoes with black pants, you can also wear brown footwear with a black dress. For example, pair a black jersey dress with your favorite brown pumps or peep-toe shoes. To tie things together, belt a printed scarf in a black-and-brown pattern over the dress; if you prefer, wear the scarf over your shoulders as you would a shawl. Fasten the scarf with a gold scarf pin and add gold earrings and a few gold bangles for some added glitz.

The Same Fashion Rules Apply for Men

When it comes to men’s black suits, the rules haven’t changed much. And the same holds true for formal wear: Both are best worn with black shoes. However, with respect to more casual dress, there’s no reason guys can’t wear black men’s pants with brown shoes.

Ease the transition from brown to black with some patterned socks, which can be found in a range of fun designs beyond the classic argyle. Add a crew- or V-neck sweater in a neutral color, such as an oatmeal heather. The result will be a stylish look that your guy can wear to the office, after-work drinks with friends, or Sunday brunch!

Change Things Up with Navy

Navy used to be another one of those colors you weren’t supposed to wear with black, but these days that’s no longer true. You can substitute navy shoes for brown and be just as stylish. Accessorize your black pants/navy shoes outfit with silver jewelry instead of gold to pick up the cool undertones in navy.

Fashion “rules” change over time, and that includes wearing brown shoes with black pants. With some careful thought, you can put together any number of outfits that will look stylish. It’s just a question of thinking outside the box — the shoebox, that is.

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