When it comes to leather dress shoes, I find brown to be my go-to hue 98% of the time. I feel they add an extra punch of color and warmth… something a black lace up just can’t do (in my opinion, at least.)
I’ve always reserved black shoes for a particularly dressy occasion, but maybe that’s just my excuse because I love brown so much.
Let’s assume you already have a good pair of black dress shoes. It’s time to explore your other options, because a gent needs some variety in his footwear.
There are many shades of brown to consider, from a dark burgundy-brown, to a lighter caramel, cognac, or tan. Coordinating clothing with different shades of brown may be confusing to some men, but let’s save that for later.
We’ll start with some examples of classic, affordable brown dress shoes. These are the types of silhouettes you want to look for when on the hunt for your next pair.
Pay attention to each pair’s low-heeled, slim-soled silhouette and natural rounded toe box. You want your selection to mimic this shape of shoe. Here’s a closer look at the details I’m talking about:
And here is a contrasting example of a silhouette you want to stay away from:
This plastic-like finish and thick rubber sole are marks of a tasteless shoe, and the squared-off toe makes your foot appear stumpy. Trust us, you don’t want stumpy. You want natural and rounded.
Keep these details in mind
Whether you’re spending $50 or $500, make sure you choose a leather dress shoe with these specific details I mentioned above, and you’re good!
Need more info? Check out this article for help choosing the right (instead of wrong) brown leather dress shoes.
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