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Mahogony shoes -- what color suit?

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Just made my first foray into non-black dress shoes with a pair of mahogony split-toe lace-ups bought on sale at cole haan. Any opinions w/r/t what color suit would go best with this color shoe?
 

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That's one of the great things about mahogany/cordovan shoes -- they go with almost anything.  Gray, charcoal, navy, black.  While black goes with everything, too, I think cordovan shows a little more individuality.

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Thanks for the input; i'm particularly thankful since every suit I own is either navy or some shade of grey. The shoes are more of a chestnut -- very little red is evident to my eye at least.
 

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I hope you bought a cordovan belt to go along with it.

That's one of the great things about mahogany/cordovan shoes -- they go with almost anything.  Gray, charcoal, navy, black.  While black goes with everything, too, I think cordovan shows a little more individuality.
I agree with this, with a couple of exceptions:

1 - I don't agree that cordovan goes with black.  I've seen some people attempt it with misplaced confidence.  If you're going to wear a black suit, wear black shoes.

2 - I don't think black goes with everything either.  In particular, earth tones and black looks terrible to me.  That includes any hue of brown or khaki.
 

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