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Dark brown shoes for dark navy suit?

post #1 of 42
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I just purchased my first suit for interviews today. It's dark navy but still distinguishable from black, even though the pictures don't quite show the "blue." Sorry I don't have real pictures yet, but this is the one I bought for $250 (sale):

 

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/dkny-suit-navy-solid-slim-fit?ID=415710&CategoryID=17788&LinkType=#fn=BRAND%3DDKNY%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D11%26ruleId%3D66%26slotId%3D2

 

As most people on SF prefer brown shoes with navy suits, would only very dark browns work with this type of dark navy? Can a lighter shade of brown work? 


Edited by cloud25 - 2/21/12 at 11:15pm
post #2 of 42
For an interview or going to court, I'd stick with simple black [oxfords]. For just about every other conceivable situation, my choice is brown.
post #3 of 42

Those pants are WAY too tight. Sweet baby Jesus. You're gon pop a seam.

 

Do you naturally pucker your lips?

post #4 of 42
Thread Starter 

So it's not a good idea to go with any brown, even dark, shoes on interviews? May I ask why? Sorry, this is my first suit, I'm not too knowledgeable.
 

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Originally Posted by malat View Post

For an interview or going to court, I'd stick with simple black [oxfords]. For just about every other conceivable situation, my choice is brown.


 

post #5 of 42
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post #6 of 42
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Originally Posted by cloud25 View Post

I just purchased my first suit for interviews today. It's dark navy but still distinguishable from black, even though the pictures don't quite show the "blue." Sorry I don't have real pictures yet, but this is the one I bought for $250 (sale):

http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/dkny-suit-navy-solid-slim-fit?ID=415710&CategoryID=17788&LinkType=#fn=BRAND%3DDKNY%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D11%26ruleId%3D66%26slotId%3D2

As most people on SF prefer brown shoes with navy suits, would only very dark browns work with this type of dark navy? Can a lighter shade of brown work? 

We do?
A poll was done on this very question a year or so ago and as I recollect, Burgundy shoes won hands down over brown or black.
post #7 of 42

I frequently wear a dark-brown AE Park Avenue to professional business meetings and court. I just acquired today in fact "seconds" of AE Strand in Walnut Calf. I am undecided at the time of writing if I would wear those in court.

 

 

I love my dark-brown AE Park Avenue. I purchased the AE Strand for a more casual look when I attend meetings. 

 

 

post #8 of 42
For interviews - black shoes. Preferably cap toes. End of discussion.

After you get the job and can experience your work environment in real life you can start to expand your horizons. You are going to need at least two or three pairs of dress shoes right away anyway - so do one pair black, one pair dark brown and then decide the third color later.

As Man of Lint mentioned a poll done not so long ago indicated Burgundy was the most popular shoe color with navy by far.

Brown is popular now with a really dark navy stick with medium to dark browns.

I wear tan shoes in the summer with a brighter navy suit and an orange tie. But thats a pretty advanced move - proceed with caution.
post #9 of 42

Hey I'd go for dark brown shoes.

post #10 of 42
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Originally Posted by duggyald View Post

Hey I'd go for dark brown shoes.

For an interview?

You cra cra!
post #11 of 42

I have a job so I can do more as I please and I prefer brown or burgundy (calf and cordovan) with navy. 

But when I went to the interview I wore a conservative navy with black oxfords.

post #12 of 42
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Originally Posted by Man Of Lint View Post

We do?
A poll was done on this very question a year or so ago and as I recollect, Burgundy shoes won hands down over brown or black.

I remember this poll result, too. For an interview or any formal business occasion, I'd wear black shoes.
post #13 of 42
I'm not in the camp that black shoes are 100% end of discussion necessary for an interview, but I am firmly a believer that whatever shoe you choose must be shined. When I see candidates come through my office with beat up looking shoes or baggy pants then they start with a strike in my mind. Not the end of the world mind you, but if it comes down to a tie between candidates I'm going to choose the one who presents themselves properly. I work in a client-facing role and one can't look like a slob.

Personally I've always worn dark brown shoes with a navy suit and wouldn't change that for an interview. I don't think you can go wrong with that or black. Good luck.
post #14 of 42
I personally do not like the look of black shoes with a navy suit, so I usually go to interviews in a charcoal suit.
post #15 of 42
I think it is personal preference when deciding between black or dark brown; both colors are fine. As this is your first suit, I would recommend a more conservative style of shoe (i.e., cap toe) and you can wander down the wingtip road soon after.

Personally I would go black first then take the brown plunge since most people walking down the street would probably consider black more professional looking. You may find browns and burgundies outnumbering your blacks soon enough once you start developing your appreciation for shoes.
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