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Brown or black shoes with this navy suit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Dipty, Sep 26, 2013.

Brown shoes or black?

  1. Brown

    5 vote(s)
    29.4%
  2. Black

    12 vote(s)
    70.6%
  1. Dipty

    Dipty Member

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    Hey there.

    First of all, I just want to apologise in advance if this is the wrong section to post this, I've been a fan of this website and its content for some time now, but this is my first post. Also, sorry if this is a bit much to read.

    Now that is out of the way, I'll get straight into it. A couple of months ago I purchased a navy suit from Country Road (picture attached) for my upcoming formal (I am 16) which is in November. I plan on wearing the suit at least fairly often after my formal, which is why I decided to put a fairly good amount of money into it. Anyway, as you might just be able to make out, the shoes that I'm wearing in that photo are pretty old now, are worn out. I'm horribly stuck between the decision of black vs brown lace up dress shoes to go with my suit (brown shoes which I will possibly get have been attached). I want to say now that I do prefer brown, as they add a subtle touch of colour and flair.

    What are your thoughts on this? Should I go with my initial preference and get a pair of brown shoes? Or do you think I should go black? (Keep in mind that if you say brown, it must be the ones I have pictured, for a couple of different reasons - firstly because I'm pretty close to hitting the next stage in my loyalty card with CR and secondly because I'm meant to come to a decision within the next 7 or so days before my birthday.
    Also, I should mention that the suit does tend to look a touch darker in darker areas, and I've attached a couple of retail photos I found on Country Road's website that show how the suit looks darker sometimes. (I wasn't sure if this was relevant, I just wanted to make sure that I got the whole colour description thing right)

    Thank you to anyone who offers me their opinion!

    Regards,
    Sky W.

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    [​IMG] -My suit as it currently is


    [​IMG]-The brown shoes I mentioned

    [​IMG]-These two photos show how the suit looks a bit darker (which generally happens indoors when not under direct light)
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  2. Shawl Lapel

    Shawl Lapel Well-Known Member

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    What are your plans for wearing the suit after the formal? Convention would state black shoes for anything formal especially if it's in the evening. In the long run, black is safe, brown can work though possibly in less instances, again depending on what else you plan to use the suit for.
     
  3. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Well-Known Member

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    TLDR but back every time with navy.
     
  4. Twotone

    Twotone Well-Known Member

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    My choice is neither brown nor black, but oxblood or burgundy.
     
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  5. porcelain monkey

    porcelain monkey Well-Known Member

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    This would be my vote as well. Also, if you are investing in nice shoes, think about where else you will wear them. You will likely find brown or oxblood more versatile.
     
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  6. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Well-Known Member

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    Black oxfords. If you have only one pair of dress shoes to wear with a suit, they should be black. There are times when only black shoes will do, so until you have more than one good pair of dress shoes, get black ones.
     
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  7. StephenB

    StephenB Well-Known Member

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    That suit is a pretty blue navy, I think a brown/walnut color would look sharp especially at an event like a high school formal.

    But taking into account you are in high school I like Archibald's recommendation.
     
  8. msulinski

    msulinski Well-Known Member

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    I'll say black since the event is at night and formal. I also don't like the brown shoes you picked out, so there is another reason for you. Just don't go buy those same shoes in black.
     
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  9. Matt S

    Matt S Well-Known Member

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    Exactly. If you don't have a pair of black shoes already, you'll need to get those. Black shoes are necessary for a formal in the evening. The light brown shoes pictured are too light for this dark navy suit anyway. Those shoes go better with a light navy/dark blue or lighter. As others have said, burgundy shoes would go nicely, but still not for a formal.
     
  10. Dipty

    Dipty Member

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    I found Shawl Lapel's comment to be the most informative. Thank you all for your help, I ended up getting black oxfords. :)
     
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  11. Ivar

    Ivar Well-Known Member

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    Good choice, and grats on the new shoes!
     
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2013
  12. GBR

    GBR Well-Known Member

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    A pair of burgundy shoes would be a good investment for informal occasions.
     

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