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What color shoes with brown cords?

post #1 of 16
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I have a really nice pair of brown cords that I just picked up and I can't figure out for the life of me what color shoes to wear them. The cords are basically a regular brown. To my eye, brown shoes look like they match the pants too much and black shoes look too formal. Any suggestions? Maybe I should think about investing in a pair of olive EGs . But seriously...?
post #2 of 16
cordovan? suede?
To my eye, the close shades of brown could be ok, usually the contrast of the cloth against the gloss of leather provides a contrast of texture.

Looks like your gonna have to go bespoke
post #3 of 16
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Originally Posted by designprofessor
cordovan? suede?
To my eye, the close shades of brown could be ok, usually the contrast of the cloth against the gloss of leather provides a contrast of texture.

Looks like your gonna have to go bespoke

I tried burgundy, but it didn't look right for some reason. The outfit is casual (brown cords, ribbon belt, light blue polo shirt) and the only burgundy I have is a pair of EG Monmouths, which looked too dresssed up.
post #4 of 16
I like a pair of suede chelseas or chukkas
post #5 of 16
I agree with a lighter brown suede shoe or boot. The suede texture will compliment the cordoroy texture nicely. Or find a more casual burgundy shoe...maybe some chunky-ish bluchers.
post #6 of 16
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Originally Posted by odoreater
I have a really nice pair of brown cords that I just picked up and I can't figure out for the life of me what color shoes to wear them. The cords are basically a regular brown. To my eye, brown shoes look like they match the pants too much and black shoes look too formal. Any suggestions? Maybe I should think about investing in a pair of olive EGs . But seriously...?

brown suede would probably be my first choice, but i might also go with brown shell cordovan.

sometimes i wear a shade of brown that doesn't match - such as AE's chili with a regular brown cords. some days i like it, some days i don't.
post #7 of 16
I often wear my shell cordovan chukkas (RL McCallum) or my Clarks Desert Treks in oiled leather with brown cords.
post #8 of 16
Our friend Lance always seems to have a nice selection of suedes: I have one pair of the monks, and a cap toe.

Here's something unique that might work:

http://www.virtualclotheshorse.com/i...id=81083253317
post #9 of 16
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Originally Posted by Get Smart
I agree with a lighter brown suede shoe or boot. The suede texture will compliment the cordoroy texture nicely. Or find a more casual burgundy shoe...maybe some chunky-ish bluchers.


Not to be Lance's pimp or anything, but...

http://www.virtualclotheshorse.com/i...id=81083253317
post #10 of 16
i wear a pair of reddish brown Moreschi's with my brown slacks. it's not yet to the point of burgundy. less red. but that color in a boot would look great with a pair of brown cords.

-Jeff
post #11 of 16
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Originally Posted by Mr. Checks
Not to be Lance's pimp or anything, but...

http://www.virtualclotheshorse.com/i...id=81083253317

My only peeve about this boot is that the white welt stitching doesn't go around the heel.... it makes it look incomplete.
post #12 of 16
Chestnut colored shoes (AE Chili...) will go splendidly with brown pants.
post #13 of 16
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Originally Posted by NoVaguy
My only peeve about this boot is that the white welt stitching doesn't go around the heel.... it makes it look incomplete.

Good catch.
post #14 of 16
odoreater - I happen to be wearing chocolate brown cords with chocolate brown suede loafers today. Pic's in the stickied thread if you want to assess whether the look's too matchy-matchy or not. I think it's a fine combo - not "wow" but it's OK. Then again, I chose to wear them together, so my opinion's not exactly subjective.
post #15 of 16
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Originally Posted by Holdfast
odoreater - I happen to be wearing chocolate brown cords with chocolate brown suede loafers today. Pic's in the stickied thread if you want to assess whether the look's too matchy-matchy or not. I think it's a fine combo - not "wow" but it's OK. Then again, I chose to wear them together, so my opinion's not exactly subjective.

Not too matchy-matchy after all. In fact, I decided on a pair of JL double monks in dark oak. I tried a couple different things, but I thought a darker brown than the pants looked better than a lighter brown. Pictures will follow when I get home tonight.

Thanks for all the suggestions everyone.
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