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Grey pants, brown shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by btulls, Jul 16, 2013.

  1. btulls

    btulls Active Member

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    I don't like my black dress shoes. Probably going to have to buy a new pair soon, but I have an interview on thursday and would prefer to wear my brown shoes. do any of these work?

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  2. Bureaucrat

    Bureaucrat Well-Known Member

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    I don't think any of those work particularly well, but if I have to choose, number 3 pleases my eye best. If it's a high profile job or something you really want to land, I suggest you go out an buy a new pair.

    Hope this helps,

    Robert

    edit. or maybe a nice polish might do the trick. Someone wiser will probably enlighten you.
     
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  3. btulls

    btulls Active Member

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    Polishing isn't a problem. Can definitely do that. But if none of these work, then perhaps I'll just wear the browns. I also have a navy suit that I could wear...not sure if it's the best summer attire though. It's for a law job, so fairly high profile I guess.
     
  4. btulls

    btulls Active Member

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    These better?

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  5. Bureaucrat

    Bureaucrat Well-Known Member

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    Number 5 works best, hands down. I've always found that a navy blue suit is a good choice for an interview, and brown shoes work extremely well with navy blue.

    Give the shoes a good polish and good luck with your interview!

    Robert
     
  6. msulinski

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    All of those shoes look like they have been sitting in a desert drying out for 10 years. Let's hope they take a shine and look presentable for the interview. I'm skeptical they will.
     
  7. btulls

    btulls Active Member

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    great thanks! making a new thread for shirt/tie combos.
     
  8. btulls

    btulls Active Member

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    read this on gq:

    There are many older men who will go to the grave believing that wearing brown shoes with a navy suit is morally wrong. Actually, it is wearing lighter brown shoes with a navy suit that is wrong. Your shoes should be at least as dark as your suit. If your brown shoes are of a darkness approaching black, you are okay. If they are tannish, the old man is right, and you should be banned from the executive washroom. There is nothing wrong with wearing black shoes with a navy suit, sir.


    i take it my shoes are dark enough.
     
  9. Garasaki

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    I'm confused. Your thread is asking about wearing with grey pants, but you are now referencing a blue suit.

    Not terribly complicated, but lighter brown looks awesome with gray.

    Darker brown works with blue, black also works with blue.
     
  10. btulls

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    originally was about grey suit, but told that was no good, so opted for the navy suit
     
  11. CousinDonuts

    CousinDonuts Well-Known Member

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    First thing to do after you get the job is to buy new shoes. I am sorry my friend but those are atrocious.

    And you can wear many shades of brown with grey or blue. Take a wander over to the WAYWRN or Good Taste threads for examples.
     
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  12. archibaldleach

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    Not for an interview in a conservative industry, it doesn't.
     
  13. btulls

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    hmmm. noted i guess, but i've been told by many people both of these shoes are very nice. people aren't huge fans of my black shoes though which is why i'm trying to figure out what to wear one of these brown pairs with.
     
  14. CousinDonuts

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    Might I ask, are any of these people wearing bespoke suits and expensive shoes with brands such as Lobb, Vass, Alden, C&J, Edward Green, or Gaziano & Girling? I might sound like I'm being a dick, but I'm trying to make my point. Just because my 60yo secretary said she likes my Mickey Mouse tie doesn't mean I'd wear it to the board room.

    In your pictures I see black (or is that dark brown) with burgundy sides and uppers, and brown with what appears to be a black cap toe. 2 toned shoes are not what you want in all but a few exclusive situations. If you bought a simple pair of black cap toes then you could wear them with all the pants you've posted. Or a medium to dark brown cap toe could be used with the navy or the grey. (my personal preference is no black with navy. but others don't stick to that. a darker brown will be better for an interview.)
     
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  15. Fred G. Unn

    Fred G. Unn Well-Known Member

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    Based on your pics, I'd buy a pair before Thursday. Those shoes you posted are neither interview appropriate nor quite frankly suit appropriate. Nothing wrong with wearing brown, in fact I rarely wear black, but you really shouldn't wear either of those shoes to an interview.


    I'm sorry, I'm not trying to be rude, but they aren't. Bicycle toed shoes are generally bad and your two-toned pair (like in #5) really shouldn't be worn by anyone. For an interview shoe you should just (as others have noted) wear a black captoe, something like these:

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    Where are you located and what stores do you have available to you? I'm sure we could help you find something before Thursday.
     
  16. HughJ

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    Yes to the navy suit, no to both pairs of shoes.The first pair need more TLC than you've got, and the second ones are awful.
     
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    I defer to the Americans on whether conservative dark brown oxfords (balmorals) would be appropriate, given the UK fixation with black shoes.

    But none of those are conservative in style (shape, two-tone colour, etc.).
     
  18. New Shoes1

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    If your choices are a crappy pair of black shoes or a crappy pair of brown shoes, I would go with the crappy pair of black shoes. At least that way, you'll draw less attention to your shoes in the interview and be wearing the most interview appropriate color.
     
  19. btulls

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    here's my 2 pairs of black shoes. i'm not really in a financial position to get a new pair right now. if i get a job, then i will definitely get some. don't worry about the polish or lack thereof, i've been in the army for 10 years and can polish the crap out of them.

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  20. CousinDonuts

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    Wear the ones on the left, throw away the ones on the right, as time has passed them by.
     

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