December 4 is Wear Brown Shoes Day.
This odd celebration (of unknown origin) is for donning brown footwear.
Brown Shoes in History
- In the late 1700 the phrases “no brown in town” or “no brown after six” were common, and the ideas were strictly adhered too.
- By the 1950s brown shoes were common daywear, but not evening wear.
- In modern times, brown shoes are acceptable anytime of day.
What to wear with brown shoes?
- Brown tones, of course, but also neutrals like white and gray.
- Earth tones
- Reds and greens
- Try to make the tones – dark brown with dark red, light brown with light green, etc.
Brown in Color Theory
- Brown symbolizes stability, structure and support.
- It is friendly and approachable.
- It is loyal, trustworthy and dependable.
- It is honest and sincere.
- It is hardworking and industrious and reliable.
- It is sensitive and warm.
Brown by Association
- In the United States, brown is associated with autumn and Thanksgiving.
- The Japanese do not have a word for brown, instead they use phrases such as tea-color and fallen-leaf.
- In India, brown is the color of mourning because it resembles dying leaves.