Originally Posted by Dewey
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.
Very well stated.
Originally Posted by vitaminc
IMO the black belt is a bit too heavy with that look; notice how the black belt strikes out in the whole outfit? He could probably gain a few inches with a skinner black belt. But the whole outfit is looking nice regardless.
Interesting observation. I couldn't put my finger on why the overall look of that ensemble wasn't as pleasing to me as I'd like, but that's it. [Apologies to the individual in the photo as we are using it for this critique]... Perhaps another point for brown... the contrast is a bit strong between the stark black belt and the far too light (for my tastes) khakis. That reminds me...
When I used to paint, a lesson I learned early on was not to use any shade of "pure white" as it drew far too much attention to that part of the canvass, overbearing adjacent colors, unless of course that was the goal. I suspect similar rules might apply to use of color in wardrobe. Interesting.