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Comfortable shoe advice that are not too formal

post #1 of 7
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I want to get some comfortable leather shoes that could be worn casually and to work, though I do not want them to be too formal. I was thinking of brown, though I'm not sure how well brown will coordinate with my other clothes.

 

1. Can anyone make some recommendations for comfortable shoes that can be worn both casually and to work (without being too formal)?

 

2. What are your thoughts on brown vs. black shoes?

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 7
If the office dress code doesn't require black, choose dark brown. (Of course the same pair of shoes shouldn't be worn daily.) Anything more depends on budget, location, and shoe size, though clearly a wholecut would be too formal and a monkstrap too unusual.
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I want to get some comfortable leather shoes that could be worn casually and to work, though I do not want them to be too formal. I was thinking of brown, though I'm not sure how well brown will coordinate with my other clothes.

1. Can anyone make some recommendations for comfortable shoes that can be worn both casually and to work (without being too formal)?

2. What are your thoughts on brown vs. black shoes?

Thanks.

1. Look at Allen Edmonds comfort shoes

2. Everyone on this forum will tell you brown is superior to black, but you should have at least one pair of "go to" black shoes.
post #4 of 7

Black is the most appropriate for all color clothes

post #5 of 7

I disagree, I prefer dark brown to black for most occasions, it's much more versatile for casual, and can be worn up until the more formal events

post #6 of 7
You are completely clueless, and your best bet is to do some reading.

But of course it is easier to just ask for advice.

Problem is you are being led by other clueless people.

By the way, comfort has to do with the FIT of the shoe.
post #7 of 7

You did not mention your office dress code.  

 

If Business Formal (suit & tie), there is no casual shoe that would be appropriate.  Period.

If Business Casual, check to see what the execs are wearing.  Nice loafers in black or dark brown may be acceptable if they are the chino & polo set.

If Casual, then you are OK to proceed with you goal of dressing down for work, although I caution what message that sends to the management about you.

 

As far as colors: black is universally accepted, with dark brown as the 2nd pair.  Cordovan could be considered for 3rd, followed by one of my favorites for a nicer casual look: dark navy.

 

From a practical standpoint, I recommend that you do NOT follow through with this plan.  It will be hard to keep your shoes in the tip-top shape that should be expected of work shoes.  And as mentioned above, you should rotate your shoes.

 

Also as mention, comfort has to do with fit, not with style or type of shoe.

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