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Classic Boots for bad weather - Navy vs Tan?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Technica, Jan 13, 2016.

  1. Technica

    Technica Active Member

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    Jan 13, 2016
    Oxford (UK)
    Dear all,

    Hello, I am a new member here and would like to ask the community for some style advice.

    I am looking to purchase my first pair of nice military style leather boots that I can wear this winter in bad weather.

    In my research I have come across the Crockett and Jones Coniston boots, which are available in Navy and Tan colours:


    The navy ones are currently on sale as well in London, so really tempted to get those, they look unique and beautiful.

    However, I am just not sure how the colour navy would work in shoes? Most people seem to say shoes need to be either black or brown/tan, and any other colours should be avoided.

    What is the community's opinion on navy shoes for men? Versatile enough to wear with many different outfits including suit? Or too restrictive?

    Would love some input! If any navy Coniston owners could chime in as well that would be great! :D

    Many thanks!

  2. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    It's not that there is no way to wear blue shoes well, but it is not easily done. More often than not, you will find yourself reaching for something in a more conventional color.

  3. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored

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    For bad weather tan shoes are going to be difficult to keep tan, or at least passing as somewhat presentable.

  4. RogerP

    RogerP Distinguished Member

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    Oakville, Ontario, CANADA
    I don't speak for the community but I will attempt to address the questions raised in your post.

    First of all, leaving the question of colour aside, I would not wear either of those boots with a suit. Full grain, open lacing and storm welt are not elements of a dresss boot.

    As for the question of the versatility of navy as a shoe / boot colour, I find it to be quite versatile - though more so in a business wardrobe than with casual fair. The simple reason for this is that navy works spectacularly well with grey, and there are far more grey trousers to be found among my suits and sport coat combos than in my casual wardrobe.


    I think that for a casual boot, the tan Coniston would prove to be more easily paired.

    But that said, medium-brown derby boots are a sime a dozen. A navy grain derby boot is something you don't come across every day - and is exceptionally well-executed here. I'd be inclined to grab that on sale and make a brown boot my next target.

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