It may sound clichéd to say anything is “the new black,” but serious question: is brown the new black? One look at the streets of fashion week and you’ll be inclined to agree that the earthy hue is having a moment. The style set incorporated the color in all manner of ways, from tawny sweaters to chocolate leather pants and coats. Perhaps most notably though, was the multitude of brown boots where one would usually see a sea of black. Not that you need to plan on abandoning your go-to black boots any time soon, but there’s an appealing freshness when you nail down exactly what to wear with brown boots. Right now, brown just feels modern.
Designers are churning out options in an array of colorways and textures, like cinnamon snakeskin, camel leather, and umber croc. Silhouettes range from classic ankle to tall and slouchy, and chunky mid-calf styles. Pick your poison. The color is surprisingly versatile. It aligns with the nod to the ‘70s that’s dominating the runways lately — making brown the obvious choice for a vintage, bohemian aesthetic. But it looks great with a minimalist neutral palette too, and can also pair with bold colors for a cool, contemporary vibe. Take a look below for a few inspired ways of incorporating brown boots into your regular outfit repertoire, plus shop some of the chicest versions on the market right now.
Worn With Pastels
The warmth and softness of a sienna-colored boot makes it an ideal match for feminine pastels and lighter hues.
Add A High-Slit Skirt
Complement the richness of a jewel-toned top with a pair of tall croc-embossed boots in deep mahogany, and leave the rest of your look neutral. A high-slit skirt is perfect for showing them off.
Try Overlapping Layers
If you're struggling to let go of your black boots, try a pair that's nice and dark to make the transition more palatable. This combo of a loose menswear shirt, knit midi skirt and calf-height boots is simple, but the overlapping lengths and slouchy silhouettes give it a more stylized touch.
Go For The Unexpected
Experiment with unexpected color and style pairings. A black puffer, yellow brocade skirt, and brown exposed zipper boots isn't an obvious combination, but it works.
Style A Transitional Look
Brown footwear will still work once the weather warms. This mix of cognac booties, burgundy trousers and a creamy white blouse is the perfect balance of luxe and light for transitional seasons.
Match Your Accessories
Match your bag and belt to your saddle brown boots. The warm russet hue feels extra bold and statement-making next to subtle sage green.
Go For Bohemian
Embrace an updated take on the '70s bohemian spirit. This is a great example of doing retro in a subtle way. A straight-shaft knee boot looks vintage but sleek, while the floaty layers and pleats echo the ruffled prairie styles that were a staple of the decade. Plus the striped trim on the bodice lends a touch of 1970s sporty-prep.
Give Western A Spin
You don't have to go full cowboy to experiment with the western boot trend. Calvin Klein's metal-toed camel boots look entirely of-the-moment and modern with this leopard print dress.
Play With Texture
Wear tall, textured brown boots with a neutral sweater dress layered under an ultra-boxy blazer. (Yes, you can wear black with brown.)
Keep Things Casual
Take shiny brown croc boots into casual territory with a cool bomber jacket and ankle-crop flares. This play on tonal dressing feels especially of the moment.
Style With A Maxi Dress
When in doubt, brown boots always look good with the 1970s bohemian look. Throw on a pair of caramel ankle boots with a romantic floral maxi and a tan shearling coat and you're good to go.
Style Under A Skirt
Deriving from styling trends of the '70s and '80s, mid-length skirts and tall boots have become an increasingly popular match in recent seasons. Update the theme with modern pieces, like light brown knee-high boots and an asymmetrical khaki skirt.