Every collection, in my opinion and others, needs a dress pair in black. The Allen Edmonds Web Site has many black shoes and boots with an option to see what dress pants, casual pants, and jeans looks like.
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I always thought black Leed style shoe and jeans were a classic combo and being that denim is so popular again figure all different styles of shoes in black would be more popular not less.
Black is generally formal. So it generally works best with formal stylings. This is why the black PA is such a common recommendation. Ofc, formal styling and formal color requires a formal outfit, ie a suit. Black is very useful in a suit and tie universe, the most in fact. Many people would hold the position that if you're going to wear a suit your shoes should be black, period.
Suits are on the decline nowadays, so it shouldn't be any wonder black shoes follow that a bit. As for the casual black shoe, it is kind of an anomaly. Just ask yourself what outfit does black shoes go well with that another color wouldn't be better?
To me the only answer is monochrome, a la mid to dark gray trousers, light gray jacket, white shirt, and black tie. Lose the tie if everything else is very casual.
Imagine with khaki pants. What else are you wearing? Light blue shirt and navy jacket? Whatever your choices, brown or bourbon shoes would look way better.
Black pants require black shoes, but again then I would just be doing a monochrome look which isn't very versatile.
I would like the following in navy suede:
I always just assumed that black shoes went well with all sorts of khaki style pants regardless of top..wouldn't the style of shoe dictate it? In my brain I would think nearly every color shirt would go with black pants and black shoes.. Will look at the Players for also for the suede, the Mora 2 is just enough of a pain in the ass for me to get on that I think I am good with one pair of them
Coincidentally, I got a pair of Aldens for JCrew in black pebble leather just this morning. I agree with you that black shoes do limit your choice of pants and jackets, but then again, I tend to wear darker pants in the winter (gray flannel to work and dark denim casually) so I envision wearing them at least once a week or so.