How to Wear Brown Shoes | Men's Leather Dress Shoes Oxford Derby

How to Wear Brown Shoes | Men's Leather Dress Shoes Oxford Derby



Learn How To Wear Brown Shoes, how to combine them and
when not to wear brown shoes. In this comprehensive video.

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In today’s video, we’re going to talk about how to wear brown shoes, how to combine them and
when not to wear brown shoes.

In the 19th century, Beau Brummel set the tone for men’s fashion. He was a big proponent of black eveningwear and so people also wore black shoes. At that time, rules like “No brown in town” or “No brown after six” just ensured that people dressed in a socially acceptable way.

By the 1930s, Edward, the prince of Wales, became the arbiter and he basically dictated what people wore. If he would wear something, the general public would pick it up shortly thereafter and he was a big fan of brown slip on shoes. Oftentimes, he would wear brown and white Spectator shoes and so brown became more acceptable in the general public. If you want to learn more about history, check out our article on How to wear brown shoes here. Today, dress codes are much more relaxed than they were fifteen or sixteen years ago. If you wear a well-fitting suit today or a combination, you are much better dressed than the average
person.

So “No brown in town” or “No brown after six” are simply not valid anymore. What matters is that you look good. It’s much better to wear a well-fitting suit in Brown shoes than to wear an ill-fitting suit with black shoes in town after 6 pm. Most debonair Italians I know only wear black shoes for funerals, for weddings and for black tie, white tie events.

Otherwise, they go with brown and so can you. One of the really nice things about brown leather is that it develops a patina, unlike black shoes. That means over time, you get this nice look of the leather and it’s really pleasant and it’s not something you can achieve with dark shoes. Also, you can really see leather textures on brown shoes much better such as scotch grain, or pebble grain or suede. With black, they just disappear.

Unlike black, brown comes in a variety of shades so you can really create a unique color palette in your shoe closet. Here are some guidelines on how to wear brown shoes but keep in mind that it’s just that. It’s a guideline and it’s never absolute. It’s just here to help you create your own look.

Three piece business suits, two-piece business suits, solid, small patterns, fine stripes, Glen plaids, this is what we’re talking about here right now. If your suit is black, you should wear black shoes. When you should have a black suit to begin with, is another question but don’t combine black suits with brown shoes.

Just stick with black. For Charcoal suits, I personally prefer black over brown, even dark brown because I think it just works together much better. Definitely avoid Tan and you can try it with a dark reddish brown or red pair of shoes. For mid-grey suits, black works
but in terms of brown, you can really start combining now, you can wear dark brown, maybe burgundy red and you can even try lighter shades of brown.

For dark Navy suits, black is an option but you really want to go with brown for a more modern look. I think burgundy is outstanding, tan can work, mid brown can work and it’s really all up to you and how much contrast you want to create. For a lighter navy, I think black oftentimes looks better but again, you can try to ease in with darker shades of brown, chocolate brown, medium brown, maybe add suede as a texture to counteract the worsted business suit style and can work really well.

For Khakis, dark brown works well or reddish browns or mid browns especially if they’re like tan, khaki, beige and it’s really versatile and looks much better than anything black so stay away from black and try to keep enough contrast between your khakis, your pants and your shoes. If you have tan colors, what’s really great is Cordovan or Burgundy red.

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Comments (45)

  • Harish Padmanabha Reply

    Great suggestions and advice to knowledge seeking sartorially inspired reader. Thanks.

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Amanda H Reply

    suede is evil. it always looks aged and scuffed no matter what to me .

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • acorn sucks Reply

    This is a great video. Meaty.

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • David North Reply

    Do you like the look of black laces with brown shoes? Any other lace/brown-shoe combos to seek or avoid?

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • 1987jock Reply

    Just bought my first real dress shoes today and after watching this I'm glad I bought a pair of black oxfords.

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Obj97 Gunner Reply

    I love Brown so that i can combine Brown shoes with Brown suits really made me happy, i didnโ€™t think that worked!

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Hardcore Doom Reply

    How to wear brown shoes:

    Step 1: Put on brown shoes.

    Congratulations. You are now wearing brown shoes.

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Derrick Reply

    I love tan shoes tho…..

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • roll the DICE Reply

    Fair warning, youโ€™re still going to be judged for wearing brown shoes with a suit in some parts of Britain

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Kuya Al Reply

    My shoemaker used chocolate brown leather for my shoes instead of tan. So now I have to go around and check what works good with this type of color

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • malcolm nicholls Reply

    OK- I like this bright outfit.

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Markus Patients Reply

    If I were rich enough to have a personal stylist, I'd hire myself. Love those Tan shoes…
    And I'd hate to think that if I worked in a law firm or bank the Boss would fire me for wearing Tan shoes.

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Begum Sahiba Reply

    Highly enlightening video. Thank you ๐Ÿ™

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Riz Kler Reply

    Thanks Raphael another must watch vid ๐ŸคŸ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ•ถ

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • 2Bit Rasputin Reply

    Raph, you should really do an event at Kosicheks in Lansing Michigan. Certinho!

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • 2Bit Rasputin Reply

    I like your get-up today. My first good pair of dress shoes I bought black captoe Oxfords in London, on my way to Cambridge. They look good even with a Tuxedo get-up. I anticipated the advise of Gentlemen's Gazette! (Although I love to wear them with white socks, to show the world I'm not a snob.)

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • daisy3690 Reply

    ty

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • max esteban Reply

    I really appreciate the straightforward and human approach to this channel.
    Other channels in this category tend to be very commercialized and geared much more to people with a low IQ.
    In other words competitors of GG are kinda cheezy if you ask me and this seems solid , genuine , and professional.
    A real gentleman at work .

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • mimi Rodriguez Reply

    Thank you i love shoes great job

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • John Anderson Reply

    If you have limited funds, buy black leather shoes (Oxford Or Brogue). They will go with suits, smart trousers and even jeans. Then you only need to buy black socks.
    Don't ever buy suede, looks terrible if it gets wet and looks old and scruffy very quickly; so economically a waste of money.

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Doc Smith Reply

    I like suedeย a lot but I avoid buying them because I do not know how to clean or take care of them can you do a video about the best way to care for a suede shoe leather

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Giri Prasad Gurung Reply

    He is teaching fashion?
    Look at his shirt combination with suit naaaaa

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Shawn Reply

    hey lets do an episode completely in German it would be fun..

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Shawn Reply

    I wear them on my feet? Right?

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Garth Wright Reply

    I didn't see where you touched on light grey outfit.

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Simon Omar Reply

    My issue is that I'm color blind and I have a difficult time dressing myself because of the color shades and just can't tell the colors apart.

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • kgatelyjr Reply

    Rafael, I love your video!!! I'm a bit concerned about your collar gap. Is this normal Rafael?

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • T-Bone Reply

    Iโ€™m glad I can find a channel that is very mature and with someone who knows what quality is. Thank you

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Arazu Reply

    This guy talks so slow, waste of your time. Set it to 2 times speed, thank me later!

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Syapr J Reply

    I don't really like a very close up video to the face

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • J.R. Vasquez Reply

    Nice info.

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Daniel Lee Reply

    Burgundy is such a beautiful color and just bought my first pair of dress shoes…ever…yeah, just got into it. My closet is basically Jean's and Chinos but bought Double Monk for them…now the dress game will increase ten folds.

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Acarsfault Reply

    Which shoes are at 4:27 ?

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • chaos123x Reply

    This guy knows how to dress classically but it's a bit too dandy for these days. Anyone know of anyone that can give tips on how to dress business casual? Most women around my parts thinks wearing a sport coat and dress shoes is "too fancy" and not masculine/attractive. Not I care what they think but I don't want to look feminine at the same time.

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • abdallahsg Reply

    Hi, I really appreciate your videos it is really informative but I have one comment if you allow me, the videos mostly are too long. Regardless of how important and useful the information I think the youtube is loaded with similar videos and I believe the best videos are those that delver the message in the shortest time.

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Abel Moreno Reply

    What brand are those burgundy shoes at 6:53 min?

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Ian Butler Reply

    Why should we avoid black with denims? Wouldn't black shoes go well with black jeans?

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • All Sorts With Ann Reply

    Do you have a womenโ€™s gazette? I love your advise for my hubby, and I would like to dress to compliment each other.

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Mike Hamilton Reply

    I'm the groom and my wedding is around the corner. I'm wearing a grey pinstripe suit with a burgundy bowtie. The wedding is casual and in the mountains and I prefer Brown dress shoes because black is too corporate/funeral, etc. However my suit is darker so I wanted an opinion… can I go any shade of Brown given the subtle white pinstripes. You can Google the suit. Ralph Lauren grey pinstripe vested suit. Appreciate any opinion or feedback on what would look best but not too formal even though it's my wedding.

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • SteamPunk Reply

    Who was the Arbiter Dentarium in the 1930's? It wasn't Prince Choppers.

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • MONICA ANICA Reply

    Thank you so much for your so well informed & well intended presentations. I forwarded this link to every person, man & woman, willing to get educated. All your topics are Very well done & the way how you presented them is delightful. I will be back ๐Ÿ˜š๐ŸŒผ

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Ferdinand Bardamu Reply

    Gentleman? This dude looks more like a clown to me. His outfit could be a definition of bad taste. Downright repulsive.

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Thato TL Reply

    i have no money to buy clothes and shoes ๐Ÿ’”

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Zycho Reply

    those yellow-brown shoes @ 8:53 go really well with your blazer.
    Actually…

    All of them do. So, I've learned anything goes with a light color suit!

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am
  • Jakob Reply

    Do you think a black pair of Jeans would go well with brown boots

    August 1, 2019 at 3:23 am

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