Here are a few examples of me wearing black with brown and gray with brown.
Now try to imagine these same outfits with black shoes, and you can see that the brown creates a much more interesting look and less "matchy match." When doing black with brown, choose a brown that is lighter, closer to a cognac or a camel, so there is more contrast. Think of that brown as just another color, not as a neutral.
If you embrace this idea, you can see why flat brown boots, are a wardrobe essential.
Need more convincing? I created a black and brown Pinterest board. I think once you see these amazing looks, you will feel fully confident wearing black and brown together.
What about you? Have you tried this, or seen others trying this?