Wearing Brown Shoes to Work

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Bear, Jan 10, 2012.

  1. blahman

    blahman Senior member

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    Well he was definitely not a farmer.
     
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    It's possible charcoal can look good with brown shoes, but the OP seems like he's just starting out so it's probably best to stick to the basics for now. But, I have seen some examples where they look OK together.
     


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    That's right, remember the basics brown or black. I myself use brown at work with dark pants of course
     


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    Farming is going to be the next hippest job when the world's population reaches another milestone. Rock those brown shoes.
     


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    I know no fewer than 4 hipster farmers.
     


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  7. TauKappaEpsilon

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    I don't fully understand the question here. Are you asking if it is appropriate to wear brown shoes to work? This leads to several questions.

    1.) What kind of work environment do you work in? You should take a look at what everyone else is wearing to work to see if any of them wear brown shoes and what they wear the shoes with.

    2.) You are asking about wearing brown shoes as opposed to wearing black shoes? I'm no expert but I believe most people here will agree that black shoes are really only necessary with black suits, and black suits aren't worn too much (other then a funeral or formal evening event).

    If you are working in an office where the dress is business formal you are probably wearing suits that are navy, charcoal, light grey, olive, brown, tan, etc. I'd assume if you were slightly more style-oriented you probably aren't wearing black suits that much. If this is the case a dark brown shoe like the one you've pictured is going to look better then a black shoe. Same goes for a business casual office. Again, if you work in a business casual office chances are you aren't wearing black that much, which means brown shoes will look better then black shoes.

    Personally, I don't own black shoes (I'm the exception). I have two pairs of brown shoes and one pair of burgundy shoes and I never have a problem.

    I hope this helped.
     


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    I feel that you gotta own a pair of black shoes....a pair of black park avenues should take care of you. Can even wear them just fine with a tux after a good shine.

    I never have plans to buy black shoes, anything I imagine myself wanting is always going to be brown. Yet somehow I keep ending up with black shoes. Sometimes things just work out and you end up with a pair...I think I now have equal amounts brown/black but the brown shoes get more wear. Further purchases are most likely to be brown and the pair that might be next in line to wear out the sole are black AE hancocks (the old split-toe model, not the new brogued captoe) which I do not plan to resole...maybe just put a topy over the worn-out sole and use them in the rain a bit.
     


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    Please don't do this. Brown shoe with black suit =:puzzled:
     
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    Browns shoes go with most of the colours out there, with the exception of black, especially, black suits. However, I have to admit that I have seen a few gentlemen pulling off black pants with brown shoes when I was in Rome.

    However, to be safe, avoid black with brown shoes.

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    Bigger question is why one would own a black suit.

    Brown shoes aren't appropriate for funerals.
     


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    I am only gonna be buying tan/brown/dark borwn shoes from now on, and keeping my only black pair of dress shoes for very formal events.
     


  13. otc

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    What kind of loser wears brown shoes to work?
     


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    A farmer. They're not losers. It's a noble profession.
     


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    "Losers" that have a clue.
     


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