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Shoe color w/ navy suits

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mike C., Jun 9, 2004.

  1. Mike C.

    Mike C. Well-Known Member

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    What color shoe do you prefer with a navy colored suit?
     
  2. montecristo#4

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    I selected darker brown as the go-to choice, but in summer months I'll vary that with antique tan, and in cooler weather I'll break out the cordovan for a change of pace.

    Only rarely will I break out the black. Typically for evening events.
     
  3. Classic

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    It is just my opinion, but I think the reason most men wear black dress shoes, even with blue suits is that they do not have to think about color cordination.

    Classic
     
  4. Steve B.

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    IMO completely depends on the function/purpose, and the rest of the outfit. All choices are correct and stylish given certain circumstances...
     
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    I agree with Steve.  Generally, for day-wear or more relaxed after-six-affairs, I tend to prefer dark brown shoes.  For more "formal" events, I stick to black shoes.  However, well made, exquisitly polished shoes of either brown or black of appropriate style will pretty much always be fine.
     
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    Stylestudent:  That is very interesting.  With every household inundated with all sorts of visual media, I would have assumed that regional perceptions of sartorial propriety would have begun by now to recede.  Some ideas are tenacious, I guess.
     
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    Black for city

    Brown if I go to country
     
  8. Mike C.

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    Yea, that is why this is such a great question (to toot my own horn). I know that people feel strongly about which color shoe to wear with a navy suit. Some are adament against wearing black shoes with navy, while some think that corodovan is only apporpriate, and that brown is too casual.

    I feel that cordovan looks the most stylish, while darker brown is the norm.
     
  9. matadorpoeta

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    the poll choices should have included "all of the above".
     
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    as well as 'lime green'.
     
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    Do any of you make distinctions among the various shades of navy? Â For example, I have both a midnight navy HF Boardroom suit and a much warmer, brighter navy HSM 'Gold Trumpeter' suit. Â The darker one is close enough to black that wearing black shoes with it gives the same clash you always get when mixing 2 slightly different shades of any color. Â I'll usually wear cordovan shoes with it, but would consider brown in relaxed situations where I'm not worried about offending anyone. Â The lighter navy suit, on the other hand, goes just fine with black shoes. In fact, its fabric is actually composed of tiny alternating pinstripes of black and medium blue, but it appears solid to all but the closest of inspections. Now, tan with navy suits is a bit much for me personally; I'm a 48L with a 13 foot, and I think I might as well wrap my feet in neon tubing as wear big, bright clodhoppers like that. [​IMG]
     
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    I only wear the bright navy suits, so I've never thought of that. As for the tan shoes - that's primarily what I wear with navy suits, though I prefer dark brown and I've got those sz 13 clodhoppers you're talking about. I've got so many pairs of tan shoes I've got to wear them with something.
     
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    (matadorpoeta @ 10 June 2004, 12:16) the poll choices should have included "all of the above".
    as well as 'lime green'.
    Heh, I have a pair of lime green Ludwig Reiter trainers I have yet to wear; I may have to wear them with one of my navy suits one day just for the hell of it. I don't have any huge preferences myself, though I personally like light brown/tan the most, but all colors seem fine.
     
  14. Mike C.

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    How can brown shoes be considered offensive? I don't get it. Too casual?
     
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    Probably. I don't consider brown shoes offensive; I just know that brown+navy strikes some people as improper.  Where I grew up (one of the aforementioned small towns in the Midwest), it was frowned upon. So I wouldn't wear brown shoes and a navy suit to (say) a job interview, but I'd happily wear that combo most other places.
     
  16. johnnynorman3

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    I agree with Ernest. [​IMG] Seriously I do. Ernest, I tend to think brown is a little odd on a young guy in the city, don't you think?
     
  17. Phil

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    go to any city in Italy (Milan, Rome, Florence, etc.) and you will find about 5 million young men who would disagree. That old rule about black in the city, brown in the country is about as dead as black after dark. Those silly rules simply dont apply anymore. Furthermore, I hardly find brown shoes to be overly casual. Sure, if I am in a tux, brown shoes would look odd, but in just about anything else brown shoes add a touch of class and sophistication that black shoes simply do not.
     
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    I too would say that brown with navy suits is a look more suited to European cities rather that the countryside.
     
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    But this is the point I am trying to make -- that "touch of class" you speak of is a type of class that is more suited to a 30s and older guy. Look, I'm 25. If I try to wear some beautiful brown shoes with my navy blue suit, I come off as trying to "act older than I am." This is the same thing that I would be doing if I wore wing tip cordovans. I'm not advocating that a 25 year old wear a 1200 suit and then wear some rubber soled black square toed. Rather, I'm saying that the 25 year old "sticks out" less while wearing black shoes than brown shoes, and in an office building this is exactly what he should wish. That is why a 25 year old should avoid Armani (in addition to its inferior quality) -- you just stick out too much.
     
  20. Mike C.

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    While living in Florence about a year ago, I couldn't seem to find any man wearing black shoes, at any age. Brown shoes were everywhere, with every color suit you can think of; yes, even black.
     

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