Originally Posted by BareSolid
mimile, if you by 'formal black shoes' you mean black oxford shoes, no I do not. However if you mean what I mean, black patent pumps, yes. As for the others, thanks for the suggestion of Sargents. Any particular styles recommended?
If you do not have a plain toe black oxford, it would be good to have one. This should be your first choice. In the UK, it is a must. The second should be a brown suede, oxford shoes also with or without brogueing. This really goes well with everything: grey, blue, navy and tan suits, also corduroy and even jeans... I have the Cranford from Alfred Sargent. I am so fond of it.
Now depending on your size and the width of your feet (F or G), you can make your choice. Take a look at Pediwear, Alfred Sargent, and browse a bit.
I would be very interested in knowing what you finally went for.