What color shoes with brown cords?

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  1. odoreater

    odoreater Senior member

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    I have a really nice pair of brown cords that I just picked up and I can't figure out for the life of me what color shoes to wear them. The cords are basically a regular brown. To my eye, brown shoes look like they match the pants too much and black shoes look too formal. Any suggestions? Maybe I should think about investing in a pair of olive EGs [​IMG] . But seriously...?
     


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    cordovan? suede?
    To my eye, the close shades of brown could be ok, usually the contrast of the cloth against the gloss of leather provides a contrast of texture.

    Looks like your gonna have to go bespoke[​IMG]
     


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    cordovan? suede?
    To my eye, the close shades of brown could be ok, usually the contrast of the cloth against the gloss of leather provides a contrast of texture.

    Looks like your gonna have to go bespoke[​IMG]


    I tried burgundy, but it didn't look right for some reason. The outfit is casual (brown cords, ribbon belt, light blue polo shirt) and the only burgundy I have is a pair of EG Monmouths, which looked too dresssed up.
     


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    I like a pair of suede chelseas or chukkas
     


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    I agree with a lighter brown suede shoe or boot. The suede texture will compliment the cordoroy texture nicely. Or find a more casual burgundy shoe...maybe some chunky-ish bluchers.
     


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    I have a really nice pair of brown cords that I just picked up and I can't figure out for the life of me what color shoes to wear them. The cords are basically a regular brown. To my eye, brown shoes look like they match the pants too much and black shoes look too formal. Any suggestions? Maybe I should think about investing in a pair of olive EGs [​IMG] . But seriously...?

    brown suede would probably be my first choice, but i might also go with brown shell cordovan.

    sometimes i wear a shade of brown that doesn't match - such as AE's chili with a regular brown cords. some days i like it, some days i don't.
     


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    I often wear my shell cordovan chukkas (RL McCallum) or my Clarks Desert Treks in oiled leather with brown cords.
     


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    I agree with a lighter brown suede shoe or boot. The suede texture will compliment the cordoroy texture nicely. Or find a more casual burgundy shoe...maybe some chunky-ish bluchers.


    Not to be Lance's pimp or anything, but...

    http://www.virtualclotheshorse.com/i...id=81083253317
     


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    i wear a pair of reddish brown Moreschi's with my brown slacks. it's not yet to the point of burgundy. less red. but that color in a boot would look great with a pair of brown cords.

    -Jeff
     


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    Not to be Lance's pimp or anything, but...

    http://www.virtualclotheshorse.com/i...id=81083253317


    My only peeve about this boot is that the white welt stitching doesn't go around the heel.... it makes it look incomplete.
     


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    Chestnut colored shoes (AE Chili...) will go splendidly with brown pants.
     


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    My only peeve about this boot is that the white welt stitching doesn't go around the heel.... it makes it look incomplete.

    Good catch.
     


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    odoreater - I happen to be wearing chocolate brown cords with chocolate brown suede loafers today. Pic's in the stickied thread if you want to assess whether the look's too matchy-matchy or not. I think it's a fine combo - not "wow" but it's OK. Then again, I chose to wear them together, so my opinion's not exactly subjective. [​IMG]
     


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    odoreater - I happen to be wearing chocolate brown cords with chocolate brown suede loafers today. Pic's in the stickied thread if you want to assess whether the look's too matchy-matchy or not. I think it's a fine combo - not "wow" but it's OK. Then again, I chose to wear them together, so my opinion's not exactly subjective. [​IMG]

    Not too matchy-matchy after all. In fact, I decided on a pair of JL double monks in dark oak. I tried a couple different things, but I thought a darker brown than the pants looked better than a lighter brown. Pictures will follow when I get home tonight.

    Thanks for all the suggestions everyone.
     


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