Originally Posted by brlfvr
I'm sorry sir it all comes off a bit arrogant. Now you are equating the quality of a shoe with dressing well. I guess I'm addressing it more from an aesthetic response. As is said a great quality suit that doesn't fit well or is poorly put together doesn't mean you are dressing well. You can wear a decently made shoe and still be well dressed. People usaully have a bigger problem with fit and how to put things together. Knowing they are wearing expensive items doesn't = being well dressed IMO. The original question was to whether black shoes can be worn with khakis. Not ratio of browns to black therefore making those who wear brown shoes better dressed individuals.
I'm sorry but this comes off as very sensitive. I am not here to cause offense or to put down anyone. And I'm not equating better dressed with affluence or superior virtue. But I do think that it's true that most of the people who really devote themselves to shoes find that brown shoes are more aesthetically rewarding. I feel like I am arguing in favor of microbrews with a big fan of Budweiser. And the fan of Budweiser is arguing that Budweiser tastes just as good as all microbrews, for some people, and that I am some kind of elitist jagoff for suggesting that Budweiser is not the equal of my fancy expensive beers. Or that I am suggesting that a man with a Budweiser in his hand can never be regarded as a well-beered man. Black has its purposes. But aesthetically, it is just not as good, in the opinion, I have observed, of most shoe lovers. And in my own opinion. Perhaps my observation is wrong. Perhaps the great dandies of the day adore black shoes, wear them every chance, and perhaps I have been drinking too much beer. It is on you to go forth and explore this question. I can not persuade you further, it is clear. But I say it is a fact that brown leathers have much more depth and variety and character than black leathers, and that these things are aesthetically pleasing, especially in the daylight, and especially when paired with light-colored clothing. To choose black when the circumstances are very good for brown is, in my opinion, to choose Budweiser when there are much tastier options available.