Here's a general question for the masses (and one for Rudals to consider, perhaps):
If one wears a brown tie, does one then wear brown shoes, as a rule?
I, for one, do. If I'm wearing black shoes (which is rare), I don't wear a brown tie. I don't think there's probably anything wrong with it, but I just can't seem to do it.
I'm making the assumption that Rudals, working in DC, wears primarily black shoes, as the masses do there.