I agree with Teacher - don't think that there is a pure consensus here. The first thing I'd say, though, is stay away from black suits in general. This will save you trouble, as the garment is itself a mongrel when not formalwear, per Manton. Though as clubwear/nightlife gear it can do quite well, I find that it works best when you have the right coloring. For me (pale skin, light hair) it is too abrupt a look even for the club scene. If you do wear a black suit (as Teacher points out, it's all a matter of taste anyhow), use texture and tone as your guide. I can see a black flannel suit with dark brown suede (per Tomasso and others) coming off nicely. In fact, the flannel fabric in general may invite more color variation because it won't be such a sink for light. Flannels are also more casual, giving you more chance to play around with other concepts. I have a harder time imagining a harder-finish worsted black suit looking good with most brown/burgundy shoes. If it is cut in a very stylish manner, maybe a pair of dark brown cuban-heel boots or some other very conscious choice. But the shoe would need to be very thoughtfully chosen to make the look work. I'd almost rather see a black suit with cherry-red cowboy boots, bright blue shoes or even bone suede shoes/boots (http://www.johnlobbltd.co.uk/catalog...o/hiloboot.htm
) for the shock value. Where the look almost definitely fails is when a business-cut black suit is combined with unimpressive, less-than-distinctive brown shoes.