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post #46 of 60
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Originally Posted by 0b5cur1ty View Post
I can't understand the general dislike of black shoes. I like them and wear them often... though I confess I wouldn't personally do so with khakis. It's not wrong, but not my personal taste either.

I agree with this. I wouldn't wear black shoes and khakis either (reminds me of my high school outfits too much) but I don't think its a bad choice.
post #47 of 60
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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?

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Originally Posted by amiestilo View Post
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 was warlock1965 on April 9th. You can compare with chorse123 the next day


I'd say that warlock1965's look is more striking and harder to pull off- to me it looks deceptively simple and I'd be happy to put it in the category of "is it done? only by pros".
post #48 of 60
I wore a pair of black Donald Pliner loafers with flat front khakis, as long as the belt matches, your cool.
post #49 of 60
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Originally Posted by james_timothy View Post
That was warlock1965 on April 9th. You can compare with chorse123 the next day


I'd say that warlock1965's look is more striking and harder to pull off- to me it looks deceptively simple and I'd be happy to put it in the category of "is it done? only by pros".

What shoes and chinos are in this photo? The chinos are very nice... slim fit and crisp. Shoes look great too.
post #50 of 60
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Originally Posted by LesterSnodgrass View Post
But since I wholeheartedly agree with Dewey, it IS a fact that brown shoes are superior to black.
It IS a fact in the country. It is not a fact in town.
post #51 of 60
It's amazing how black stirs up emotions when discussing men's clothing. There is a large group that despises black for most things and another group that wants to Johnny Cash it up. I was not aware of the extreme prejudice against black till I began frequenting these forums but I always has in mind that you don't wear black suits (not to bring THAT up again!). But I also never though black with khaki pants was a good look. Heck, why wear black shoes if you have good brown ones to wear with khaki?
post #52 of 60
It's no problem at all. In fact, I wore it today. I wore a well-fitting pair of cotton khaki pants with a medium blue herringbone shirt. Black belt and black Park Ave. finished things off.
post #53 of 60
I think it looks fine to wear black shoes with khakis, but it looks better with brown. Thats just my opinion though.
post #54 of 60
As long as your wearing a black belt as well.
post #55 of 60
I'm not a fan of black shoes with khaki's for three reasons.
1) too 'Third Reich'



2) I, myself can't pull it off.
3) it may draw negative reaction from others for reason 1.
It can work ofcourse, but I've had no sucess with the combo, so I avoid it.
post #56 of 60

Black shoes with Khakis is just fine, as long as matching belt is worn. After all, now is fashionable to wear brown shoes with blue suits, reminds me of the 60's when grey four button double breasted suits were worn with brown shoes.

post #57 of 60
A lot of people will bring up military dress as justification for this being classic since this combination is frequently seen at least in the US military. It probably does not violate any rules either.

For me, however, the look of black shoes combined with khaki trousers is visually displeasing. Khakis are rather informal whereas black shoes are rather formal and the colors just do not fit in my eye. For me this would be an emergency option, but if you own brown shoes I cannot see why you would prefer wearing black shoes with khakis.
post #58 of 60
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Originally Posted by voxsartoria View Post

Some shoes that I wear with chinos:

1. Lobb boat shoes. Black Barenia.

2. Tramezza penny loafers. Black calf.

3. Made in Maine Weejuns, with original soles and heels. Black.

4. Alden Leisure handsewn. Black cordovan.

5. EG for RLPL tasseled loafers. Black calf.

I am sure that these are five of many reasons why I will never score a signed copy of, "The Suit."

- B

 

Anyone care to speculate on what Vox wears five different pairs of black loafers/mocs with? That seems like a lot black casual shoes - even for a Brahmin patriarch of impeccable Ivy credentials.

 

I'm guessing semi-formal/evening dressing in summer. 

post #59 of 60

This, for example, would be pretty FU if Mitch swapped out the trousers for chinos and the burg shell for black calf:

 

post #60 of 60
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Originally Posted by AlexE View Post

A lot of people will bring up military dress as justification for this being classic since this combination is frequently seen at least in the US military. It probably does not violate any rules either.

For me, however, the look of black shoes combined with khaki trousers is visually displeasing. Khakis are rather informal whereas black shoes are rather formal and the colors just do not fit in my eye. For me this would be an emergency option, but if you own brown shoes I cannot see why you would prefer wearing black shoes with khakis.

You can get informal looking black shoes. JM Weston 180s are a nice, chunky penny loafer. I wear mine with chinos and jeans.

Tassel and horsebit loafers also work.

Black often signals formal, but sometimes, it's just a color.
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