(marc237 @ 21 Dec. 2004, 5:33) I routinely wear brown shoes to court - federal and state- throughout the country. Â While the vast majority of lawyers I have seen wear only black shoes to court, a few wear very, very nice brown with blue or grey suits. Â I remember in Denver a senior partner type in a magnificent gray pinstripe with a light shade of brown broques. Â Worked very well. Imho brogues shouldn't be worn under a suit. Doesn't matter what colour they are. I am not sure that this view is univerally held. For example, from Flusser's Clothes and the Man: "The Cap-Toe Brogue The cap-toe, either plain or with a medallion decoration, is the most dressy business shoe one can wear, and for years this shoe has been the staple of the businessman's wardrobe. This lace-up shoe comes in black and various shades of brown. It is to be worn only with business suits of worsteds or flannels. In Boston it is considered perfectly proper to wear a highly polished brown version of this shoe with a navy suit, whereas in London it would be construed to be in poor taste to wear this combination. The Wing-Tip Shoe The traditional wing-tip or brogue shoe is a fine alternative to either the plain or the medallion cap-toe. It should be worn only in black, brown, or cordovan, and because of its heavy broguing, its wear can be expanded to include suits made with more textured fabrics, such as tweeds, cheviots, and flannels."