So my question is this..if Black shoes seem to go with virtually nothing why is it such a common shoe? Is this anti black pants or black shoes just something of a fad like hopefully rolling up ones pants? :)
Is the no black shoes thing just for suits?
On to a different question - If you had to pick a shoe to have made in blue suede what would it be? I am in the process of trying to get a correct Spiaggia fitting blue suede and so far have not been a fan of the Gumlite sole or the odd golf ball heel lump on two so far - I will deal with it if I can get the below shoe for the $125 price that I paid. That being said if I can not I would like to get a blue suede made up and was curious what the thoughts were... I certainly could do a McCallister MTO with a red or black Dainite sole - I think going to the jefferson is overkill. Any thoughts on a Lexington done in blue suede...not limited to sale items either.
I own several shoes in navy suede, chamois and CXL. I am a big fan of the navy leathers but as you probably realize, navy shoes are going to be quite casual. This is why I wouldn't get a balmoral (Strand or Spiaggia for this matter) in navy suede as it sort of conflicts with the overall design and purpose of that shoe. This is why I'd go with the oxfords or loafers.
As far as the AE is concerned, I have two favorites: the Stewart (Leeds) make up for the Lands End Canvas and the MacNeil for the Freemans Sporting Club (FSC actually spells it as the McNeil for whatever reason). Both shoes have natural welts and natural edge trim which make a nice contrast with the navy suede.
If you are going for an MTO, I'd probably consider adding brass eyelets. To give you an idea, here's my Alden LWB in Navy CXL with natural welt and metal eyelets that, I think, complement the shoe nicely. Ironically, the picture of the AE Steward above shows they would have brass eyelets, but the one that I got has tone-on-tone.
The last but not the least, I think that a loafer in navy suede would look pretty cool. Here's my Sebago (made by Rancourt? in Maine) in navy CXL for your reference.