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What is with Lighter Brown Shoes and Navy lately?

Lino

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I am seeing this more and more. Light brown shoes (from almost bone tan to chestnut, sometimes with a bit more orange) and navy suits.

For example:

These


Or these (I know it's John Lobb, but...)


Another example


Or even these very light ones (the secong from right"”I saw an example of this color (not this shoe) paired with a dark Kiton suit in the window of Barneys):


What happened to brown shoes with a suit being dark?

I mentioned this to some folks at work and I was told "it's the new thing". All I could think is, "how long will it last?"

GQ is on my side, at least they where in January of 2005: http://men.style.com/gq/fashion/styleguy/shoes/498
 

tiger02

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It's a flashy look, no question. It won't be fashionable forever, but it will be stylish.

Tom
 

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Italian style. Disregarding the colour, most of those shoes are too rustic to be paired with something like a navy suit, IMO. I hate that look.
 

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I prefer dark brown, personally.
 

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First of all, I don't like bluchers with suits like those posted above anyway, unless they are more formal-looking derbies such that the laces aren't visible under the trouser at all. Second, I do wear lighter colored shoes with darker trousers and like the look. Like with a gray:



And, although burgundy/oxblood is usually my go to shoe with black, I also wear dark brown with black:



There is nothing wrong with wearing shoes lighter than your trousers, in my opinion.
 

Teacher

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Originally Posted by tiger02
It won't be fashionable forever, but it will be stylish.

Tom


Can I quote you on that? Oh wait, I just did!

I love the look, but I wouldn't wear it to a very formal business situation. It's a little more casual for me.

Originally Posted by odoreater
brown is for farmer


Oh no you di'in!
 

Luc-Emmanuel

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It's very poular in Italy. I don't like it either. I prefer black shoes with suits anyway.

!luc
 

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I'm a brown-shoes-with-suits kind of guy, and have been known to sport a lighter, chestnut brown with navy. It's certainly not an everyday look, but it's good for a change.
 

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Originally Posted by Vintage Gent
I'm a brown-shoes-with-suits kind of guy, and have been known to sport a lighter, chestnut brown with navy. It's certainly not an everyday look, but it's good for a change.

I agree,I like the contrast of the cool to warm color. It took some getting used to the contrast, but especially in spring I enjoy the change. I think if it is a classic shoe, and you have some color up top, the dark contrast of the suit can fit nicely.
 

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It may well be my poor clothing judgment, but I like the look of lighter brown shoes with navy and do that combination myself. I would probably not wear it to court or to a very serious litigation meeting, but then if I really wanted to blend, I would have to revamp the wardrobe in any event.
 

itsstillmatt

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I wear a lot of light brown with suits, I even have a red pair of oxfords that I wear with a suit and tie. I wear derbies with suits as well. I think that it is a matter of making sure that the combination is good rather than going by hard and fast rules.
 

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Is it safe to say that based on these responses there are no hard and fast rules across the board, and it really is a matter of personal taste and whether you think the combo you choose pulls off the look you're looking for? I'm certainly glad my tastes of someone in his late twenties is quite different than that of "older executive." Maybe when I'm 50 or 60 sitting on the board of directors of some company I can comment on the "young punks." But for now, I'll be one of those punks with the light brown shoes and a dark suit.
 

marc237

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Originally Posted by teddieriley
Is it safe to say that based on these responses there are no hard and fast rules across the board, and it really is a matter of personal taste and whether you think the combo you choose pulls off the look you're looking for? I'm certainly glad my tastes of someone in his late twenties is quite different than that of "older executive." Maybe when I'm 50 or 60 sitting on the board of directors of some company I can comment on the "young punks." But for now, I'll be one of those punks with the light brown shoes and a dark suit.

Actually, I wear light brown shoes with a dark suit and am 50. Guess I am just an older punk.
 

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