Jack- Thank you for the kind words. I love dark brown shoes too, particularly the dark oak antique variety from Edward Green. I have found that I wear them most often when my dress shirt is pink, oddly enough. For some reason, light tan shoes look a bit off when I am wearing a pink shirt, and I prefer the look of a darker pair of brown shoes. Understood about the light shoes, dark pants problem, it takes time to get used to. Am I correct in thinking that you beleive tan shoes are only appropriate with a light tan suit? Do you own white bucks? Im assuming yes. Do you have the same visual issues with the white bucks under a darker shade of pants? Perhaps white bucks under a blue seersucker suit. Thanks for the info on the Brahmins, good stuff.
I'm starting to believe that Italians really do know something more...excellent reply, Phil: thank you. I own a pair of EG Cadogans in the dark oak antique color to which you refer, and they are smashing shoes (by the way, your comments regarding pink shirts are most interesting). I wear light to mid-brown shoes with light to mid-grey suits, and would certainly use them in conjunction with a tan gabardine suit, or together with light to mid- grey flannel odd trousers. And I wear my white and dirty bucks with blue and white striped seersucker suits, since the white stripes are in equal balance with the light blue ones. A white buck is also first-rate with cream linen trousers, worn with a pink or light blue shirt, and a navy blazer. And I certainly use light brown shoes, or tan canvas and British tan co-respondent shoes, as anchors for the choices described above. With a cream linen suit, I wear British tan oxfords, as well. I love brown shoes above all, Phil, but dark suits demand darker choices. In my world. Regards, Jack