Dark brown shoes with charcoal suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by wq1999, Oct 11, 2006.

  1. wq1999

    wq1999 Senior member

    Messages:
    348
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Sep 17, 2006
    Hello.

    I understand that dark brown is considered by many to be a more versatile color than black for shoes. Does its versatility extend to combination with a charcoal grey suit? Is there a consensus on this?

    many thanks.
     


  2. Mentos

    Mentos Senior member

    Messages:
    382
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2006
    Hello.

    I understand that dark brown is considered by many to be a more versatile color than black for shoes. Does its versatility extend to combination with a charcoal grey suit? Is there a consensus on this?

    many thanks.


    No consensus, but there is strong, strong support here. Basically not for interviews or, as a certain someone says, when doing business with the English, but otherwise a lot of people here would only wear brown shoes with a charcoal suit.

    Do a few searches. This comes up all the time.
     


  3. marc237

    marc237 Senior member

    Messages:
    2,381
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2004
    I am a practising attorney (hope to get it right someday) and would not hesitate to wear brown shoes with a charcoal suit for all occasions.
     


  4. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    5,841
    Likes Received:
    609
    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2004
    Next summer if I'm feeling very radical, I will wear dark brown shoes with light or mid grey. Or I may chicken out and just do cordovan.

    Brown with dark grey suits around this part of the world is either (a) an Italian/Louis thing, or (b) an old Boston Yankee thing, which looks much stodgier. Either way, I am not a fan.

    Yet.
     


  5. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Suitsupply-sider

    Messages:
    32,350
    Likes Received:
    153
    Joined:
    Jul 17, 2006
    Very much yes on dark brown shoes and charcoal suit. Works superbly. [​IMG]
     


  6. gdl203

    gdl203 Affiliate Vendor Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

    Messages:
    36,836
    Likes Received:
    17,378
    Joined:
    Jun 9, 2005
    Location:
    New York
    Without a doubt. Great combination [​IMG]
     


  7. aportnoy

    aportnoy Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    6,790
    Likes Received:
    656
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2006
    Is this a trick question...?
     


  8. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    16,118
    Likes Received:
    1,088
    Joined:
    Apr 21, 2005
    Location:
    Tombstone
    It's as close to consensus as I've seen SF reach on anything.
     


  9. NoVaguy

    NoVaguy Senior member

    Messages:
    6,530
    Likes Received:
    110
    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2004
    Location:
    Guv'mintFlunkyLand
    Works well. Probably not for interviews, and maybe not a good idea in front of a jury, but otherwise, great combination, wear anytime.
     


  10. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

    Messages:
    22,162
    Likes Received:
    7,357
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2006
    Works well. Probably not for interviews, and maybe not a good idea in front of a jury, but otherwise, great combination, wear anytime.
    I wore that combination during my closing argument in my most recent jury trial. FWIW, I won. (Thereby netting my clients a pretty piece of paper that says somebody theoretically owes them a lot of money.) Then again, maybe the damages award would have been bigger if I'd worn black shoes. [​IMG]
     


  11. Manton

    Manton RINO Dubiously Honored

    Messages:
    41,574
    Likes Received:
    2,814
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2002
    Location:
    In Hiding
    A little attention should be paid to the color of your accessories. Oranges, greens, pinks, and earth tones in the shirt or tie pair very nicely with -- almost demand -- brown shoes but don't look so good with black. Banker blues and reds, and also white shirts and spiffy wedding ties, pair perfectly with black shoes but can be incongruous with brown.
     


  12. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

    Messages:
    22,225
    Likes Received:
    14
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2006
    Location:
    Irvine
    Hello.

    I understand that dark brown is considered by many to be a more versatile color than black for shoes. Does its versatility extend to combination with a charcoal grey suit? Is there a consensus on this?

    many thanks.


    this is just one of my favorite looks. a luscious antiqued dark brown shoe on a charcoal suit looks just too delicious.


    everytime i look down at my feet and see the pant and shoe combo my mouth starts to salivate uncontrollably.
     


  13. lawyerdad

    lawyerdad Senior member

    Messages:
    22,162
    Likes Received:
    7,357
    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2006
    this is just one of my favorite looks. a luscious antiqued dark brown shoe on a charcoal suit looks just too delicious.


    everytime i look down at my feet and see the pant and shoe combo my mouth starts to salivate uncontrollably.

    For anybody who shares diorshoe's physiological reaction, Novaguy's advice of not trying this in a job interview or before a jury is probably prudent.
     


  14. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff grrrrrrrr!!

    Messages:
    22,225
    Likes Received:
    14
    Joined:
    Apr 15, 2006
    Location:
    Irvine
    For anybody who shares diorshoe's physiological reaction, Novaguy's advice of not trying this in a job interview or before a jury is probably prudent.

    lol right!
     


  15. marc237

    marc237 Senior member

    Messages:
    2,381
    Likes Received:
    1
    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2004
    everytime i look down at my feet and see the pant and shoe combo my mouth starts to salivate uncontrollably.
    Yes, Margaret, this is a classic example of over-sharing (although I do sympathize).
     


Share This Page

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by