Need to know how to pull off black trousers with brown shoes? Well, look no further, here at The Idle Man we've come up with this comprehensive guide on how to pull off this tricky trend with style. Read more Men’s Style Guide features and check out our Store.Black trousers (or pants to our American friends) are a classic part of menswear. You can't really get away from them, and honestly there's no reason you'd want to. They go with everything, you can dress them up and down, wearing them with a simple white shirt for a formal vibe, or casual T-shirts for an everyday look. The only problem that can arise when you slip on a pair of them is what shoes to go with them. Yes, we know, seems like a pointless thing to spend too much time on, but the wrong pair of shoes can make a big difference to a look. With formal wear the solution is simple. Black trousers, black shoes - it makes sense. However this is the standard, ordinary choice when colour matching, and there's no need to be ordinary with your outfits all the time. A slightly less conventional, yet still traditional, look is to ignore the black shoes for now and replace them with a brown pair. It might not seem like the safest combination, but bare with us - it's a good match when you pull it off right.A casual, more summer friendly look involves the same simple mix of colours, but with a few twists to give it a re-working. Keep the jeans and shoes the same, but swap out the black top for a white one instead, adding more of a cool tone vibe to the outfit. A light denim jacket is a versatile staple that can be thrown over a variety of outfits to help pull it together and give it a relaxed finish. Dress up the outfit with minimal accessories like a simple beanie or slim line watch, and if you want to add some more dimension to your look, cuff your black jeans to reveal a clean band of colour.If you're going for a casual look you can easily let your boots do the talking, ignoring the rules applied to the suits and opting for a light brown pair of boots. This striking contrast between the jeans and the boots ensures that the look stays laid back and un-uniformed. Suede is a great choice for this kind of look, as its subtle finish keeps the overall outfit casual and laid back. You can then tone down things a little by keeping the top half simple and versatile, with something like a casual shirt. Finish off with a pair of sunglasses to add some further dimension to the look, and you're all set.For a more formal outfit opt for a shined leather rather than suede, to gain a more classic, polished look. You can go for the ever versatile Chelsea boots, but a good pair of lace ups will work as well, giving a traditional textured look to your outfit and working well with the rest of your more simplistic look. Pair your black or brown boots with standard slim fit trousers and a close fitting black overcoat or suit jacket, keeping the cool clean and balanced. A white shirt is standard combination with a black suit, so you don't need to go overboard, and you can get away with keeping things simple. This is a great outfit for smarter work days, where you need to look sharp, but not overly restricted. The latest news from style, life, arts, and culture and everything in between. Whether it's a new brand arriving into our style, our latest drops and editorials. You will never miss a beat with us.