Shoes and matching to a suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by thenitwit, Aug 29, 2014.

  1. thenitwit

    thenitwit Well-Known Member

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    I am going to be commissioning my first suit, which will likely be worn three times a year at most. I mostly wear a navy blazer when dressing up.

    Originally, I thought I'd get a midnight navy suit made however, I only own two pairs of brogues and a Derby shoe that are good quality (ish, not SF standards but entry level good shoes I guess) and was wondering what colour suit would be recommended. One pair is light brown, another dark brown and the last burgundy which I will likely keep away from being worn with the suit.

    Consensus I've come across on AAAC seems to be that a good shoe is fine regardless and anyone is likely to not notice, but if I am going to have a suit made, I was just wondering if there was a better choice. I am trying to avoid navy as have a navy blazer I wear often and don't them to look too similar but should I opt for a navy suit regardless?

    Again, thanks for any feedback on this.
     
  2. facet

    facet Senior member

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    I would still go with a navy personally. Even though you'll have a blazer that's similar in colour, it's still a separate item. Also, I wouldn't pick the colour of the suit based on the shoes you have but the other way around since the suit is the more expensive and important part of whatever ensemble you're putting together. Otherwise, you can always go with charcoal if you don't already have that or, if you do, medium grey. But navy would be my first choice.
     
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    thenitwit Well-Known Member

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    Awesome. I presume tan shoes and dark brown can work with a navy suit? As I'd wear a suit less often, it made sense to match to the shoes as I have a few pairs and gives me more options as and when I wear the suit. But yes, one pair of shoes wouldn't break the bank compared to the suit. Just rather doing so.

    I figured navy was the most versatile. Would midnight navy also work? I'd rather avoid the other colours till I have this as I see it as a more versatile suit occasion dependent.
     
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    I'm not going to claim to be any form of expert.

    Generally, the darker the shoe the more formal it is considered to be. Similarly for the more formal look the shoes should be darker than the suit.

    So, tan shoes can be worn with a navy suit but its not going to look formal. You can see on google many examples of people with this kind of parring. I would do it with a more "funky" suit for a dinner or event where I'd want to stand out a bit etc but when at work, court, formal dinner etc then I'd stick to the dark brown shoes

    This is a UK view though, the US have a slightly different view on what is formal to us.
     
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    I'm not an expert either but here's my two cents.

    Don't pair your tan shoes with a navy suit - it just doesn't look good as you would look top heavy:

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    I would wear dark brown or burgundy:

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  6. thenitwit

    thenitwit Well-Known Member

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    I think they may be closer to cherry (my shoes) than burgundy , but yes the navy with dark brown looks very good there. I suppose I'll get the navy suit and see what happens. Sure, I'd love to wear my other shoes but I have the dark brown and a matching belt so this may be the best option.

    I can then buy another pair of shoes that is more appropriate when I have another suit made in future.

    I'm from the UK too and I've seen a few navy suits with tan brogues and did not think it looked too bad. The belts being worn were also halfway between formal and casual. Not casual completely with offensive buckles but not a traditional formal belt.

    I'll stick to the dark brown I guess as the option as the suit will likely get very little wear and can see how other outfits match RE shoes. As they were brogues, I certainly wouldn't be walking into a job interview with them or anything serious. Just for going out on the rare occasion to dinner or what not (non formal).

    Maybe it's just me but I think the top picture is even worse as it's a pinstripe which I was under the impression was a very serious suit, likely one of the most serious.

    Thanks for the feedback, will keep it in mind now.
     
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    Bear in mind "Midnight" and "navy" are two quite distinct colours and not one as you suggest.

    Midnight blue will need your needs - burgundy shoes would look good.
     
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    thenitwit Well-Known Member

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    Midnight is close to black, isn't it? Will it also work with dark brown?
     
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    Since you are commissiontng your suit, why don't you choose side tabs instead of belt loops? You never have to worry about matching belts.
     
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    Is it worth doing? I suppose it gets me off the hook RE matching. I've seen two opinions on whether a suit should even have loops.

    I don't want to wear braces however. Can you wear tabs and no braces? I'd guess tabs also give you room for mini weight fluctuations too regarding your waistline?
     
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    I suppose that also begs the question, as I will be having grey odd trousers for my navy blazer, do I opt for tabs on then too? I don't want them to be too formal though by virtue of being odd so are belt loops on those acceptable?
     
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    Personally, I really like the look of tan or walnut shoes with navy (but I happen to like the look of pretty much a lot of things with a navy suit; the versatility of navy is one of the things I like about it) but I don't think it's something you really have to sweat over because you always have your dark browns to fall back on. Same goes for your cherry shoes if they are cherry vs burgundy. But, from what you describe in terms of the intended use, it sounds like any of your shoes would be perfectly suitable to wear with the navy suit.

    If you get side tabs then you won't need the braces.
     
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    Yes, the tabs are there for minor adjustment to ensure the trousers fit perfectly thus avoiding the need for belt or braces.

    That said, I still have belt loops put on my bespoke trousers as I am used to wearing belts and like them with the exception of black tie
     
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    Maybe get the suit in French Navy which is lighter than navy and definitely could go with your tan and cherry shoes?

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    That's a very nice colour and I imagine would look stunning if it fitted very well however, I was hoping to get something that *if* I ever have a job interview in the next few years, it would be appropriate with the dark shoes and a white shirt. I mostly freelance as a programmer so have never had an interview to date alongside being a student.

    I'm just looking to get one suit for whenever I may need it until I graduate and figured midnight navy seemed the smartest choice given my shoes and so forth.
     

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