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Gray Suit and Brown Shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by hugomano, Jul 15, 2007.

  1. sho'nuff

    sho'nuff Well-Known Member

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    Just give it time.

    then i will go on another indefinite leave of absence. hehehehe
     
  2. manofstyle

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    Brown shoes + navy suit = disgusting.

    With grey suits I'll wear black suede, or black leather.
     
  3. houserichichi

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    Brown shoes + navy suit = disgusting. With grey suits I'll wear black suede, or black leather.
    I always thought blue suits with black shoes looked rather McDonalds-ish. That's just me. Grey with black looked too monochromatic to my eye. Thus, in both instances, I opt for brown of more or less any shade depending on my mood.
     
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    Brown shoes + navy suit = disgusting.

    With grey suits I'll wear black suede, or black leather.


    You're entitled to your opinion.
     
  5. whnay.

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    Brown shoes + navy suit = disgusting.

    With grey suits I'll wear black suede, or black leather.


    There you have it ladies and gentlemen..."man of style" has said it therefore we must all agree.
     
  6. manofstyle

    manofstyle Well-Known Member

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    I know most here think navy suit + brown shoes is OK in a business environment. It's still wrong and represents lower standards.
     
  7. RJman

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    I know most here think navy suit + brown shoes is OK in a business environment. It's still wrong and represents lower standards.

    My God, you've opened my eyes!

    What are your thoughts on black suits?
     
  8. JonB27

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    I personally like the look of navy with brown shoes... Surprised to see that people think it looks disgusting.
     
  9. academe

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    I know most here think navy suit + brown shoes is OK in a business environment. It's still wrong and represents lower standards.

    I appreciate your short, declarative statements. [​IMG]
     
  10. Lel

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    I think people here are being harsh on the OP, he's new and he has a different opinion. In the beginning, I agreed with him. Brown shoes with navy? Kind of weird. Black always seemed the safe, right choice. However with safe comes boring. After all there's only one shade of black and that's it. However with brown there comes an infinite range of versatility, which allows for more interesting choices and combination. Also over time the leather ages and the color changes, beautiful I might add. That's why so many forum members prefer brown, simply because they have done black and they have become bored with it. Black shoes have their place, but owning more than several pairs is pointless.

    Seems odd to have brown shoes and gray suit, even if it is a light shade. I just don't get how you match a color that, if darkened, hits black. Brown, however is in the yellow to reddish range.

    Also, it looks weird to see gray and brown....it really bothers me. But black shoes and a gray suit with black buttons, nice contrast within the same color family....like Sean Connery in his bond days.

    Brown shoes maybe can go with a medium blue suit, but even there, I like black shoes with a blue suit....just seems blue and brown are in different color families.

    Anyone agree?
     
  11. revenant

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    The word gray is the layman's term for any color that approach neutral. Most gray clothing is not perfectly neutral or even close to it. It is however tricky to decide which color family does it belong to. For simplicity, you would do best to decide if the particular gray is on the cool side or warm side. For more harmonious effect, match warm gray with brown shoes and cool gray with black. For more contrast, do the other way. It is vital to know that being neutral, gray can shift in color much more than other "colors". A gray suit, for example, would look cool blue under a florescent light and a warm light brown under incandescent or the sun. Thus, if one knows under what condition one would wear the clothes, one would fare a lot better.

    A brown is in essences a dark orange, and should be treated as such. It is the complimentary color of blue and create most striking contrast. The trick to such a combination is the balance of color. A bluer suit would require a more colorful shoe to match.

    Luke
     
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  12. GeorgePaul

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    ... After all there's only one shade of black and that's it.
    Really? Do you think that black suede and black calf look the same?
     
  13. OxxfordSJLINY

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    However, medium and especially lighter shades of brown with a navy suit stand out too much.

    I agree with the OP that shoes in any shade of brown with a suit in any shade of gray looks weird. I never liked gray with brown, regardless of the shade. Saying that gray and brown together stands out too much is being generous. Gray and brown together stick out like a sore thumb (maybe more), IMO.

    Gray suits, particularly charcoal suits, look best with black (which is the only way to go with a dark gray or darker gray suit, most of all, a charcoal suit, IMO). Some shades of burgundy, specifically darker and/or more subtle shades of burgundy, like blackberry and oxblood, might look good with lighter shades of gray as well as a few shades of medium gray but never with dark gray with charcoal being the worst offender with anything other than black shoes.

    I will admit, however, that gray suits, charcoal or other shades of gray, with black shoes are safe and monochromatic but not by any means boring like one poster said.
     
  14. babygreenspots

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    The word gray is the layman's term for any color that approach neutral. Most gray clothing is not perfectly neutral or even close to it. It is however tricky to decide which color family does it belong to. For simplicity, you would do best to decide if the particular gray is on the cool side or warm side. For more harmonious effect, match warm gray with brown shoes and cool gray with black. For more contrast, do the other way. It is vital to know that being neutral, gray can shift in color much more than other "colors". A gray suit, for example, would look cool blue under a florescent light and a warm light brown under incandescent or the sun. Thus, if one knows under what condition one would wear the clothes, one would fare a lot better.

    A brown is in essences a dark orange, and should be treated as such. It is the complimentary color of blue and create most striking contrast. The trick to such a combination is the balance of color. A bluer suit would require a more colorful shoe to match.

    Luke


    This actually quite useful. The orange and blue comment is particularly relevant. So would the idea with a pretty mid-range, but dark navy, appear balanced with a more subdued brown?

    Frankly, I've never understood why black shoes would be considered good with navy, at least from a color harmony perspective.
     
  15. misterjase

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    That is a yes for me on choice of Brown shoes with Grey suit (light with light, dark with dark).
     
  16. Lel

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    Really? Do you think that black suede and black calf look the same?

    That's more matter of texture than color.
     
  17. ExHack

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    I don't see anything wrong with wearing black or brown shoes with navy or grey. I used to agree w/the OP that brown and grey were from 2 different color families, ergo don't wear 'em together. But by that token, blue suits shouldn't go with brown OR black - so where would that leave you?

    A woman running a tasting room in Monterey once gave me the best advice on wine: If it tastes good to you, it's a good wine. I tend to err in that direction with sartorial choices.
     
  18. contaygious

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    seems to me grey suit.... brown shoes. I fought it at first, thinking why fight a color story? Turns out a slight contrast is achievable while staying conservative. A black shoe is safe and a good standby but inside the box. A good oxblood, always a favorite, goes with any suit already owned. Damn me for it. Layer upon layer, colour, within a season appropriate texture is always well received. A grey suit is always and will continue to be a favorite, pin stripped, chalk stripped and window pain. Doesn't matter. It continues to be a blank canvas with nothing but color options available.
     
  20. IUtoSLU

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