I have a pair of burgundy shoes I'll be able to wear with grey or navy suits etc.
I legit can't see myself wearing them as a student. I really wear them to work now as it is.
Okay, after much debate (thank you) I'm willing to consider another pair of black shoes. I'm thinking one of the following and need your advice. It would be worn with SCs mainly (for suits I will reach for my cap toes when I need a black shoe).Gaziano & Girling, Burlington (Click to show)
If I (we) decide on this make up, I will probably have another maker replicate the model, as G&G is currently out of my budget.
Vass, Budapest-Oxford (Click to show)
Vass, Old English Medallion (Click to show)
Carmina, Double monk (Click to show)
I would take the double monk, but that's also because I like double monks.
For me a black semi-brogue (Burlington and the OE medallion) is too much neither fish nor fowl. I own a pair - C&J Selbourne - and always find that with a suit a punch cap would work better while still having the same visual appeal over a plain stitch cap and for black shoe SC fits (I do not wear the Selbournes with these) either the monk or the Budapester would work better.
I also do not wear black shoes with SCs, but if I did it would either be a wingtip like the Budapester or a DM. I included the possibility of black shoes/SC in the comment above in deference to the recent discussion on the topic in this thread.
Thanks for your suggestions, gentlemen. I actually gave up on a pair of black loafers from C&J at a very good price just recently because I felt that black and loafers didn't go well together. But I'm planning to purchase a pair of loafers later, but in a brown hue with a red undertone.
I do wear navy SC often, and given that I do not intend to wear the black shoe with suits, DMs might be a better option than the other alternatives. I own one pair of DMs (brown suede) but prefer to wear them with chinos instead of wool/dressier trousers.
The reason I brought the whole black shoe discussion up to start with is that I really like the look of black shoes, but I'm struggling to find a place for them outside of with suits. And since I'm not required to wear suits all that often (and when I do, I don't always want to wear black shoes) I feel I'm missing out on it.
But in most cases it looks better with brown...