Shoe color to match a navy/midnight blue suit

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  1. PeterEliot

    PeterEliot Well-Known Member

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    What color Oxfords should I wear with a true navy/midnight blue suit?

    (1) Black
    (2) Deep red-brown (exact name escapes me at the moment)

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  2. rs232

    rs232 Senior member

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    I believe you refer to oxblood? Not sure what "true navy" is (can someone post a pic of a fausse navy jacket to explain?), but both work. Depends on shirt and tie.
     


  3. ysc

    ysc Senior member

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    True navy means so dark it almost looks like black, as opposed to what most people think of as navy blue which is lighter.

    I would have thought either shoe colour would be fine. The dull do not wear a brown shoe with a blue suit, but the more interesting do.
     


  4. guster

    guster Senior member

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    I mix up the shoes with the true Navy. I think either is fine, so to me it is more interesting to try both. If you are going for the one standout look, then I would go with the brown/red.
     


  5. rs232

    rs232 Senior member

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    I liked it back in the day when navy was navy and blue was blue. [​IMG]
     


  6. Shoe City Thinker

    Shoe City Thinker Senior member

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    An oxblood or burgundy shoe would be the more sophisticated way to go. I got into a debate with a peer in the IT industry over black shoes vs. "cordovan" with a navy or charcoal suit. He argued strongly for black shoes. I argued that the oxblood would of been a more sophisticated choice and communicates that you pay attention to detail and can think "outside the box". I noted that my lawyer, a sophisticated Italian gentleman, wears brown shoes with his grey suits. My lawyer also makes more than both our salaries combined.
     


  7. ysc

    ysc Senior member

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    I liked it back in the day when navy was navy and blue was blue. [​IMG]

    I don't think anything has changed technically, Navy is still navy, just most people don't realise how dark navy really is/should be. Some clothes are described as navy that are clearly just a dark blue, I have seen a few garments described as "true" navy to clarify this, so I understood what the op meant.

    Midnight blue is a little different though I think, a richer colour generally reserved for DJs, and it should look like black under artificial light, I might not wear brown shoes with that.
     


  8. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I wear either burgundy or black with my navy suits.
     


  9. sswiseguy

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    depends I would go for the wow factor and wear the oxblood coloured shoes however if you wanna be lowkey wear the black....I find black shoes will almost make the suit look more black than it already does....if you want the suit to look navy wear the oxbloods
     


  10. mdg137

    mdg137 Senior member

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    I find black shoes will almost make the suit look more black than it already does....if you want the suit to look navy wear the oxbloods

    +1
     


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