Thanks so much for all of your thoughts, I really appreciate it.
While I've taken to heart the comments about the color of the shoe (black=not so good/ brown=good), I'm not comfortable with a shoe any less "bulky". I think the overall bigger silhouette of a shoe like this always looks great, but I am predisposed to the style.
I find that narrow profiles do not suit my sartorial theme, so-to-speak.
Ideally, I would like to wear a light khaki suit with white shirt, black tie, and black shoes but understand this may appear dowdy or military inspired. (But I like military inspired).
Thanks again for the great advice!