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New Navy Suit, what color shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by shinallsm, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. shinallsm

    shinallsm New Member

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    I recently bought a new navy suit, for interviews and dress up occassions. I'm about to graduate from college, so mainly for interviews and such, however what color shoes are most appropriate for interviews or outside of work?

    Additional i purchased a marengo/charcoal suit, and as wondering what color shoes I should wear with that also??

    Thanks!!
     


  2. mcbrown

    mcbrown Senior member

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    anakin Well-Known Member

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    Burgundy with the navy.
     


  4. mafoofan

    mafoofan THE FOO Dubiously Honored

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    The beauty of a navy blue suit is that you can wear virtually any color shoe with it. However, if you ask me, the absolute most business formal combination is a navy blue suit, white shirt, and black shoes.
     


  5. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    For interviews and business I'd wear black shoes with a navy suit.
     


  6. dragon8

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    Agree with black shoes
     


  7. KObalto

    KObalto Senior member

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    For interviews, black. Otherwise, medium to dark brown or burgundy.
     


  8. Toffee

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    You can't go wrong with Burgundy, especially if the shoes have been antiqued into nice black bits on toes etc. This provides the formalism of black for interviews and the understated class of the burgundy / blue combo for effect.
     


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    cptjeff Senior member

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    I usually prefer burgundy, but black for more formal occasions like an interview.
     


  10. Twotone

    Twotone Senior member

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    Burgundy or Oxblood shoes are my favorites for navy or charcoal suits worn during the day. At night, black is OK, but too boring for day wear. Never brown.
     


  11. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    I generally prefer black shoes with navy suits. I will make a very rare exception if everything else in the look steers the shoe choice away from black, but it takes a lot for me to swerve in that direction, and I'm often a little displeased by the resultant ensemble anyway.

    If it's not a true navy blue, other options can look appealing (dark browns, burgundies and - if it's a paler blue still - tans). But with navy blue, I really struggle to find anything other than black shoes terribly aesthetically appealing. This is probably partly cultural, admittedly, as many here (though interestingly, not many so far in this thread; maybe the tide is turning?) find navy/brown to look nice. Leaving personal tastes aside, and considering societal preferences only - as others above have mentioned - black shoes with navy suits is seen as more formal choice as well.
     


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    Sound advise and it seems the replies are nearly unanimous. I was raised by an old-school dad so it was always black shoes with blue suits, but now I wear walnut brown shoes as well. But for interviews good quality leather soled black lace-ups.
    Good luck!
     


  13. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    Buy black. You can wear them with your blue suit and with a with a variety of other clothes. You can buy burgundy and medium brown later.
     
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    Black shoes with navy and charcoal are definitely the best choice for interviews. It's safe and conservative. I love brown shoes with navy suits but wear them when I'm looking to be a bit more dynamic or fashionable. I've seen pics here of people wearing brown and charcoal but I stick with black. I recently got my first pair of burgundy shoes (got a great deal) but still haven't worn them. Not sure if they are for me.
     


  15. Zauberer

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    If you're going to an interview, wear the suit and wear a pair of shoes, period. Black, brown -burgundy, doesn't matter. . If they're clean, they'll be fine.

    Over the years, I've interviewed near countless people. I'm not in HR but we wisely don't give our HR department any kind of weighty say in who we're hiring. That didn't work out so I along with a hiring comittee do the interviews. As long as the applicant is hygienic and mostly presentable, I get past their clothing. Maybe they don't have cash for a truly good well-fitted suit. That's why they need a job to begin with, right? If they're young and straight out of school like the OP all manner of "sins" are fogivable. Lack of cleanliness is not forgivable. If they've tried and have a jacket and tie then I want to move on and find out if they are worth a damn as a human being.. I'm hiring them not their closet. We can worry about their closet later. The most important thing is your demeanor. Are you confident? Will you look me in the eye and answer a question? Are your answers canned or natural? Do you have basic understanding of what's required of you for the job and life in general, or are you a moron? A little nervousness is expected, but are you shaking like an inbred chihuahua and choking? Are you going to pee on my floor? IMPORTANT: Are you qualifed?

    I honeslty don't give a shit if you're wearing brown or black shoes or whatever. As long as they're clean. Anyone who does think that brown or black makes an enormous difference with a navy or grey suit is someone you'd prefer not to have as a boss. Trust me.

    I'm concerned for the OP because anyone who will come to an internet message board for validation on what sort of shoes to wear might interview disastrously.even if he's dressed splendidly. Wear whatever color, but if you prefer to be told, wear black oxrfords.

    Good luck in your interview and in your future. Sincerely.
     


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