Once you’ve acquired your black, dark brown, and light brown shoes, the next color to pick up is burgundy.
It’s next in line in wardrobe acquisition, being one of the classic colors for men’s shoes.
Sometimes referred to as oxblood or cordovan (a term that’s interchangeable with a specific type of leather), it’s a deep reddish-brown that has style and character for days.
As you will see below, it’s also quite versatile and is a great way to give your suits some new life.
Read on for a comprehensive guide on how to wear and pair this special shoe color.
NOTE: There are exceptions to every rule.
Use your good judgement, and feel free to leave us a comment if you have questions!
Read on for full explanations and reasoning of the above coordination suggestions. Or, click here to go see our Ultimate Shoe & Trouser Color Coordination Matrix showcasing how to match any color shoes with any color trousers.
How To Coordinate Burgundy Shoes With Different Trousers
Best Trouser Matches
To oversimplify things a bit, navy is a very deep blue, and burgundy is a deep red. These are two primary colors that pair wonderfully together. A navy suit with burgundy shoes is a classic combination that’s handsome and a bit more unique than a pair of regular brown shoes.
Dark grey trousers with burgundy shoes is a can’t-miss combination of things. Similar in formality to the navy combination above, this is a great office look, particularly if you work in a sartorially conservative industry and want to stand out in a subtle, positive way.
You can make your burgundy shoes warm weather-appropriate by pairing them with some light grey trousers. The contrast is lovely between these two colors, and tossing in a red accessory or two won’t hurt your cause either.
The brownish-green trouser with a brownish-red shoe has been a classic combination for a very long time. Even lighter shades of green will work, just make sure you don’t venture into kelly green territory. This one works particularly well with olive suits, one of the standard colors for a man’s wardrobe.
A rich Earth tone like tan is a handsome mate for a burgundy shoe. It’s a great way to stay work-appropriate while wearing a relatively non-standard color. Try throwing on a blue top to work in a primary color combination for extra points.
This combination works particularly well if the beige is a shade of oatmeal. There’s a richness and depth of color there that lends itself very well to burgundy, and it’s more off the beaten path than a plain brown shoe.
If you’ve got a pair of dark jeans and are headed out for an evening, a pair of burgundy shoes can’t miss. They take the place of a dark brown shoe in this context and add visual interest with the red. This is a great way to differentiate yourself from all the other single guys at the bar. Well, that and be a gentleman.
Blue trousers and burgundy shoes work for the same reason navy trousers work. The lighter blue will be more casual, though, so make sure your shoe choice is in keeping with that.
Chocolate trousers pair very harmoniously with burgundy, which has a a fair amount of brown in it to begin with. If you own a brown suit, try this combination out with a white shirt to start and let the compliments roll in.
White trousers will lend a fun, new personality to burgundy shoes. Try it on a summer evening.
Acceptable Trouser Matches
Nothing in this category! Burgundy shoes are either a yes or a no for us.
No-Go Trouser Matches
We don’t recommend pairing black trousers with burgundy shoes. Should you ever find burgundy trousers, feel free to throw on some black shoes, just not the other way around.
This combination would be far too matchy-matchy to work well. Avoid it at all costs and consider white, blue, or light brown shoes instead.
Links To Other Shoe & Trouser Coordination Resources
Shoe & Trouser Master Coordination Matrix – FREE Download