However, I notice that some here wear oxfords with odd trousers. Was wondering what the forum's opinion on the matter is.
Are oxfords only for suits?
Poll Results: Are oxfords only for suits?
I would say that I have little need to be so conservative, and wear suits rarely. On that note, maybe that is why I have yet to pick up the stable dark brown/black oxford captoe.
I have mostly boots, derbies, and monks, but I would not be afraid to wear an oxford of more casual color/details with odd trousers and jacket.
I occasionally wear more clunky (i.e. Allen Edmonds) and casual (i.e. wingtip, lighter colors) oxfords with heavily tapered chinos or jeans. I am 21, though, so I get a bit more freedom with what I wear. Black straight tips I'd only wear with a dark suit. Couldn't pull off wearing something like C&J or G&G with jeans either without looking eurotrashy.
I have never been able to savvy the rationale for the supposed rule that black shoes are to be reserved for suits exclusively. I first discovered it in Manton's book, have not heard much about it otherwise, but just saw it re-iterated above.