Reader question: Brown pants, what shoes?
Lora asks: "I always have trouble selecting shoes/boots to wear with dark brown slacks or cords. What would you suggest?"
Brown slacks are a winter staple. But whether they look tired or trendy has everything to do with the eye candy peaking out from under your pants leg.
Nothing is safer than brown-on-brown. Give pep to this classic pairing with Steve Madden's "Betsey" boot, left, $99 at Dillard's. (Psst, shop around... The same shoe costs more at Macy's.) The slouchy upper gives it a fresh feel, while the low heel ensures these boots are made for walking.
Feeling a touch adventurous? Try camel under brown. Versatility is the beauty of carmel hues -- whether popping on a shoe or a handbag -- because the shade looks sharp with brown as well as black. So you'll get twice the bang out of these knee-high Arturo Chiang boots, right, $118.80 at Macy's.
Feeling more adventurous? Consider kicking those brown slacks up a notch while working two hot trends: The eggplant shoe-bootie. Men's inspired looks can do no wrong under slacks. Paired with brown slacks, try a dark purple or plum color, like these Enzo Angiolini shoes, left, $69.90 at Nordstrom.
Going dressy? Give your brown slacks a lift with a metallic heel or flat. A bronze shade is ideal for a shoe that will take your outfit from the office to cocktails without missing a beat. Try this pair from Kenneth Cole Reaction, right, $40.83, at 6pm.com.
-- Deal Diva Letitia