Originally Posted by thinman
Agreed. I don't like black suede shoes and won't wear them, for the very reason you quote above. There are so many better choices than black suede....
Roetzel has a dated opinion that isnt shared by people/makers who believe black suede shoes look just fine with a dinner jacket, very similar to black velvet. Maybe its a regional thing. Also, when he wrote the book, Church's probably wasnt offering a black suede shoe in their collection and those who pay for history, write it..
I think also that the concept of black suede as a hip alternative was just taking root in Europe when he was writing this book. In fact, black suede had just become popular in NYC a few years before. He is still right about black suede shoes for most office and day situations in a black suit (or any other colored office suit) but for evening, black suede fits a much needed void when paired with a relaxed fabric black suit.
I dont wear a black solid suit for biz, nor would I wear black suede shoes. I consider tham a purely informal, social, evening or semi-formal (black tie) shoe.
After reading his book, the idea that Roetzel wouldnt have a casual side is I think correct.
Out of curiosity how many better choices than black suede are there for shoes to wear with a black suit?