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brown shoes at night?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

When is it acceptable to wear brown shoes at night? For instance, if I attend an evening cocktail party, and plan on wearing nice slacks, nice shirt, and blazer (no tie), can I get away with wearing brown wingtips or oxfords?

post #2 of 12
depends on shade, is it tobacco brown? darker? or is it more light or tan like walnut?
post #3 of 12
Yes.
post #4 of 12
Thread Starter 

I hadn't thought about shade of brown...most of my brown shoes are on the darker side

post #5 of 12
All depends on your context, what type of party etc. The fact that it's dark outside itself has no bearing on the appropriateness of the colour of your shoes.
post #6 of 12
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Originally Posted by pdxguy View Post

When is it acceptable to wear brown shoes at night? For instance, if I attend an evening cocktail party, and plan on wearing nice slacks, nice shirt, and blazer (no tie), can I get away with wearing brown wingtips or oxfords?


YES! It's not a black tie event so you can wear what ever shoes you like as long you don't wear clown shoes :-)

post #7 of 12

Derek of Put This On has advocated for wearing black shoes at night, because he thinks they look shinier. Since I don't own any black shoes, I wear brown and so far I haven't been laughed out of any establishments.

post #8 of 12

If you have to think this hard about them, don't wear them.

post #9 of 12
It is acceptable only if you had no advanced warning of the event. Old school rules state 'no brown after sundown'. I would not recommend brown wingtips for evening attire, formal or not. Wearing dark brown oxfords would be pushing your luck but a nice dark brown balmoral will be acceptable. Wherever you have advanced notice of an upcoming evening occasion, wear black balmorals or a nice black balmoral cap toe. One last thought on this from me would be to introduce more burgundy shoes into your wardrobe. A deep rich burgundy cap toe balmoral can easily bridge the two worlds (from day to night) without concern. Welcome to Styleforum pdxguy.
post #10 of 12
It's acceptable but black just usually looks better.

oxblood and midnight blue also look good.
post #11 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thank you, Man of Lint. Once again, sound advice. 

post #12 of 12
+1 to Hendrix's suggestion on Oxblood; another shoe colour that deserves more respect.
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