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Charcoal Suit - Color of Shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dieselman89, Jul 14, 2011.

What is your choice for color of shoes when wearing a charcoal suit?

  1. Black

    110 vote(s)
    47.4%
  2. Brown

    56 vote(s)
    24.1%
  3. Mahogany

    37 vote(s)
    15.9%
  4. Tan

    13 vote(s)
    5.6%
  5. Other

    16 vote(s)
    6.9%
  1. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior member

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    What is your choice for color of shoes when wearing a charcoal suit?
     


  2. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

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    Brown or black.,
     


  3. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    black
     


  4. southbound35

    southbound35 Senior member

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    #8 Shell Cordovan.
     
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  5. Achilles_

    Achilles_ Senior member

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    Burgundy or dark brown (think Darltons colour)
     


  6. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Well - actually more burgudy/merlot usually.
     


  7. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    Default - and IMO the most attractive - option is black

    Occasionally, I'll wear a dark burgundy though, if the precise shade of charcoal and the other items in the outfit works with them. On much rarer occasions, very dark brown if the same conditions apply. I have no particular aesthetic objection to other very dark shades like an olive black or a midnight navy with them, but don't own shoes in those shades. I'm not at all fond of the southern continental approach of sometimes using tan or similarly light shoes for contrast with charcoal suits. Perhaps some of that distaste is that I'm quite short; such contrast shortens me further. However I haven't seen it being done really well even on taller people.
     


  8. TexasDan

    TexasDan Senior member

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    I have found black to look the best.
     


  9. Achilles_

    Achilles_ Senior member

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    I'm curious, is this the general consensus of most people in the U.K.? (that black goes best with charcoal)
     


  10. Russ_H

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    Well, I can't speak for everyone, but I would say that it probably is the consensus. I can't imagine brown shoes with a charcoal suit being welcomed in a bank, or similar institution, although I'm sure that others will comment.
     


  11. Marcellionheart

    Marcellionheart Senior member

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    The darker the better, tbh.
     


  12. promark809

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    Black looks clean and sharp with the charcoal suit.
     


  13. Macallan

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    Charcoal suit = always black shoes
     


  14. ALFAMALE

    ALFAMALE Senior member

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    black
     


  15. Dinosarti

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    Black is the best bet, especially after 5:00 PM according to the books I have read......
     


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