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The art of wearing tan shoes with navy suits

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by the_sulks, May 14, 2014.

  1. the_sulks

    the_sulks Senior member

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    What's your choice among these four statements if wearing navy suits?

    1. You should never wear tan shoes with navy suits.
    2. You should match tan shoes with tan belts.
    3. You should not match tan shoes with a tan belt. Belt must me much darker.
    4. You should not wear a belt at all if you wear tan shoes.


    IMO tan (not light brown, but tan) shoes look bright so if matched with tan belt it looks much too risky. So, I assume you either should wear a black belt with tan shoes or no belt at all. The question is if these two options are allowed stylewise.
     
  2. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    However you feel about tan shoes with navy suits, a black belt is the wrong answer. At least do dark brown.
     
  3. medphred

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    ^ this black and blue is only for bruises
     
  4. the_sulks

    the_sulks Senior member

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    The problem is both tan shoes and tan belts are too bright. So your belt must be darker. So you have the belt and the shoes that don't match which is a problem in its own right.
     
  5. Allen Smithee

    Allen Smithee Active Member

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    1. You should never wear tan shoes with navy suits.
    and the last three words could be stricken as well.
     
  6. the_sulks

    the_sulks Senior member

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    What do you mean?
     
  7. the_sulks

    the_sulks Senior member

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    Do you mean never wear tan shoes at all? A lot of people here on styleforum wear tan shoes.
     
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  8. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    That's why they visit SF for proper guidance. Don't wear tan shoes with Navy for business. Do it for #menswear.
     
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  9. hoxuantu

    hoxuantu Well-Known Member

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    Let post some illustrative photos for the combination.
     
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    I never wear black with blue
     
  11. archetypal_yuppie

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    Tan shoes with navy looks like shit. Has to be darker than tan, or lighter than navy.
     
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  12. the_sulks

    the_sulks Senior member

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    What is #menswear? Do you mean casual clothes?
     
  13. the_sulks

    the_sulks Senior member

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    Weird choice. Navy and black is classic. What do you wear then? Brown and burgundy?
     
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  14. medphred

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    Yes brown or burgundy. I typ only wear black shoes with blk pants. I think this is pretty common in my experience.
     
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    I really don't like navy suits with tan shoes. It looks quite flashy, and not in a fun/good way.

    If you really, really must combine light brown shoes with a blue suit my tips would be these:

    - only do it on the sunniest days of the year
    - only do it with a blue suit that is at least a couple of shades brighter than navy (and preferably much lighter still)
    - only do it within a reasonably casual outfit/setting

    I almost always wear black shoes with navy suits. Once in a blue moon, I might wear very dark brown or dark burgundy. I always feel a bit random on those days.
     
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  16. msulinski

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    Quote:Sure, but if you go darker, go dark bown. Don't mix black, tan and navy.
     
  17. the_sulks

    the_sulks Senior member

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    I believe pants should never be of the same color with shoes except you wear a tux.
     
  18. the_sulks

    the_sulks Senior member

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    Thanks for details.
     
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    Last summer. Silk-linen suit, linen shirt and wore chocolate brown belt .this is casual and by no means business wear IMO. If its bsuiness wear, do not wear tan shoes and blue, stick to dark brown or black
     
  20. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    Get trousers with suspenders or side tabs with your suits; solves the problem of picking out a belt. I also am in the no tan shoes with navy suits category. It's a look I consider to be more flashy than elegant.


    Black shoes are absolutely classic and fine with any navy or grey suit (they also work with black trousers or suits but IMO those are not things any well-dressed man needs to own). You're of course free to not wear black with navy, but there's nothing wrong with it objectively and there are some times when black shoes really are the correct option.

    You're probably the first person I've seen say they only wear black shoes with black pants, but maybe there are more.
     

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