Yuck. Â If you have to wear black shoes, make them as sleek and unnoticeable as possible. Â All that broguing makes for too busy a black shoe. Â It looks like the tread of a tire. That said, the same shoe in cordovan (color and material) or suede (chocolate or tobacco) is quite lovely. Oh, hell, don't listen to me. No, wait. Â Have you thought about trying to create a wardrobe that doesn't require the support of black shoes? Â I am working on it right now, and it has forced me to deal with some very interesting questions. Â But that is another matter.