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question about black shoes

kjm

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I bought a pair of black AE Park Avenues just before I graduated from college. They were perfect for interviews. I'm now working as a "client-facing engineer/consultant". I want to wear them to the office, but I'm not sure if they're too formal. What do you think? If wearing them is acceptable, what color pants can I wear them with? Thanks.
 

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Really? No thoughts on this?
 

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It rather depends on what clothes you normally wear to the office. Nothing could be more appropriate than a pair of PAs when paired with a suit - with business casual, however, they would probably be too formal. Having said that, with dark trousers and a neat shirt, I'm sure they'd look fine.
 

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I probably have to wear a suit once or twice a quarter. The rest of the time, it's business causal. I'll give it a shot with a pair of charcoal trousers and see how it goes.
 

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IMO black shoes are fine with casual or formal clothes of any color.
 

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Originally Posted by JayJay
IMO black shoes are fine with casual or formal clothes of any color.
I personally think the black shoes with chinos (or any light colored trousers) look is terrible.
 

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You can wear black shoes with nearly anything. They are seldom the only choice and often not the best, but they will rarely get you into trouble.
 

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I would like to hear more thoughts on this. I feel the issue is more balmoral vs. blucher, rather than black vs. another color. I have two pair of bals that I no longer wear with suits, but don't know what else to pair them with. Chinos/cords/jeans just don't look right to me paired up with black bals. Too formal looking for lack of a better word.
 

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Originally Posted by wasteland
I would like to hear more thoughts on this. I feel the issue is more balmoral vs. blucher, rather than black vs. another color. I have two pair of bals that I no longer wear with suits, but don't know what else to pair them with. Chinos/cords/jeans just don't look right to me paired up with black bals. Too formal looking for lack of a better word.

Completely agree, this is exactly the way I always understood it.

Balmorals, especially black, with casual wear can look very odd... derbys/bluchers regardless of their color are perfectly fine, imo.
 

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Originally Posted by Chouse
Completely agree, this is exactly the way I always understood it.

Balmorals, especially black, with casual wear can look very odd... derbys/bluchers regardless of their color are perfectly fine, imo.

I also agree with this. My black bals are exclusively for suits because they look odd to me otherwise. However, I wear my black bluchers with suits and casual wear.
 

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Gosh, AE Park Avenues are about as inoffensive as shoes can possibly be. In a work environment they give off an air of solid hardworking efficiency. In a situation where you are intending to extract money from someone for your services, they are probably more appropriate than the stylish brown country shoes (i.e. chestnut derbys) that were originally intended for sport and leisure.

The problem is not the black shoes so much, but the other clothes one is compelled to wear in a modern day "business casual" workplace. One is caught between trying to look professional, but not too stuffy or dandified.
 

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