Black or Brown Shoes with Navy Suits

If you have a solid navy suit, is there a rule of thumb for when to wear brown vs. black shoes dress shoes? Does it depend on shirt or tie color?

Before someone says it, there are plenty of threads. However, none that definitively provide an answer to my question.

Just tryin' to look great...

Best Color Combination? Black Shoes Or Brown Shoes With Navy Suit

It would ultimately come down to the situation to decide whether or not brown shoes are best paired with the navy suit. As @GenghisKhan, an investment banking managing director, puts it

GenghisKhan - Investment Banking Managing Director:

I would never, ever, ever go to an interview wearing anything other than a pair of black shoes, a navy or gray suit, and a white shirt.

The general consensus around WSO is that it is more professional and formal to wear black shoes with your navy suit to more important events (such as interviews). Your professional attire should be considered more of a uniform instead of an expression of your personality.

User @mxc made an interesting comment regarding this

mxc:

You'd be surprised how irrational and overly attentive to unimportant details corporate environments often are

On the other side if you already got the job and want a more casual look, it is acceptable to wear brown dress shoes to complement your navy suit. There is no right or wrong answer it all depends on the situation or event you are heading to.

Brown Shoes Blue Suit Example


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Navy Suit with Black Shoes Example


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Do My Dress Shoes and Tie Need to Match?

The simple answer is no. However, there are a few guidelines to follow when piecing together your sharp suit. Here are a couple:

  • Your tie should not be lighter than your dress shirt
  • It most cases never wear a black dress shirt for a formal/business event
  • Your belt must match the color or shade of your dress shoes
  • Your sock must match your dress pant color

If you have any more guidelines or advice on choosing black or brown shoes with your navy suit comment below!

Thanks!

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Comments (133)

Oct 7, 2013

I think it's just a matter of taste/how you want to look. I'm sure you've heard the old Brit addage "no brown in town", but myself personally think that brown shoes look esp nice with navy suits (so long as the shoes are dark, don't really like the lighter hues of brown.) I think that traditionally however, black shoes are the most appropriate, even with navy suits (despite idiot girls that tell me you can't wear black with navy) for business/formal events.

Bottom line, I don't think that there is an "answer" to this question.

Mar 27, 2014

Any brown shade within reason will look good...

Put your suit on and go to the AE store and try them all on...

May 17, 2014

Black, black, black possibly shiny polished black...

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Dec 10, 2014

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Oct 8, 2013
Anihilist:

I think it's just a matter of taste/how you want to look. I'm sure you've heard the old Brit addage "no brown in town", but myself personally think that brown shoes look esp nice with navy suits (so long as the shoes are dark, don't really like the lighter hues of brown.) I think that traditionally however, black shoes are the most appropriate, even with navy suits (despite idiot girls that tell me you can't wear black with navy) for business/formal events.

Bottom line, I don't think that there is an "answer" to this question.

Hit the nail exactly on the head. The only people who will frown on brown with navy suits are the Brits, so if you're ever in the City, avoid anything except black footwear when conducting business (and don't be caught in a loafer).

That being said, brown (in any shade) is considered more complimentary to navy than black.

TwoThrones:

When I was interviewing, some kid showed up with a navy suit and walnut shoes. Not gonna lie, looked pretty sweet.

Might that have been me? That was my power combo for years, haha.

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Mar 27, 2014

Thanks.

Oct 8, 2013

APAE that is not entirely true. I spent this past summer interning in Mayfair and nearly everyone had on a blue suit with dark brown shirts.

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Mar 27, 2014

agree

Oct 7, 2013

Most women will say never black with blue. I think either way you can look good, but brown definitely looks much better.

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Mar 27, 2014

Dark

May 17, 2014

Check out the Allen Edmond's factory seconds. I bought a pair of AE Jefferson's in cognac and looks absolutely beautiful. It was only $230 too. Usually they have a slight defect (cosmetic defects only, no functional defects). With that said, most of the typical AE's such as Park Avenues and 5th avenues I find a little too conservative.

Dec 10, 2014

Generally, yes. It will work. Some people do not like brown and navy. I personally think as long as the shoes and the belt are a dark enough brown it looks good. It's ridiculous, but if you are going that route it is very important that your belt is as dark as your shoes, even more so than normally. Otherwise, it really won't look good at all. Just a warning.

Mar 27, 2014

Any reason walnut is a poor choice?

Oct 7, 2013

When I was interviewing, some kid showed up with a navy suit and walnut shoes. Not gonna lie, looked pretty sweet.

Mar 27, 2014

IMO dark is more conservative and versatile.

May 17, 2014

Nordstrom Rack

Dec 10, 2014

Always just match belt with shoes. Then Brown + Blue is actually better than Black + Blue

Mar 27, 2014

Thanks.

Dec 10, 2014
yeahright:

Always just match belt with shoes. Then Brown + Blue is actually better than Black + Blue

I think that if you called in the British fashion police they'd say that blue and brown is absolutely correct and blue and black is wrong.

Oct 7, 2013

Black, Brown or Cordovan shoes all look great with blue suits. Just make sure you have a matching belt and wear the proper socks. Black socks should only be worn with black shoes.

Mar 27, 2014

go dark. and navy suit/brown shoes is a yummy combo. keep it up. make sure to get a belt to match and you're set.

May 17, 2014

AE Strand, Park Ave, Fifth Ave in Walnut or Black.

Dec 10, 2014

FWIW, I always wear brown shoes/belt with a navy suit to anywhere that matters

Oct 7, 2013
FormerHornetDriver:

Black, Brown or Cordovan shoes all look great with blue suits. Just make sure you have a matching belt and wear the proper socks. Black socks should only be worn with black shoes.

I personally don't care for burgundy shoes.

Not sure how I feel about Walnut, but was looking at AE and was debating between Bourbon and Brown for now:

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Mar 27, 2014

Always match my belt and my shoes. Thanks!

Oct 7, 2013

Can't go wrong with AEs. I am wearing my black pair of Fifth Avenue AEs today. Very comfy shoes on a nice thick sole.
I also have the walnut version but I wear them only on the weekends for less formal clothes.
It's a steal for that price.
One more guide link for shoes choice with the suit.

http://www.theshoesnobblog.com/2010/02/shoe-color-...

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Oct 13, 2013
peinvestor2012:
FormerHornetDriver:

Black, Brown or Cordovan shoes all look great with blue suits. Just make sure you have a matching belt and wear the proper socks. Black socks should only be worn with black shoes.

I personally don't care for burgundy shoes.

Not sure how I feel about Walnut, but was looking at AE and was debating between Bourbon and Brown for now:

http://www.allenedmonds.com/aeonline/producti_SF57...

I own the 5th Aves in 3 colors (this model is always on sale). If you want a more conservative look get the Brown Burnished ones. The bourbon ones are a little too bright imo (they only look dark in the pic)

On Fridays I wear 5th Aves or McAllisters in Walnut. The color looks great w/ light navy imo. It depends on your work culture and whether you'll see clients that day.

I want to get the Park Avenues in Cordovan Burgundy but I just can't get myself to pay $500-$600 for shoes. That's 1k before taxes.

Jul 29, 2014

Ditto this

Oct 7, 2013

I've alo heard girls say not to wear black shoes with navy suits, but I personally think they look fine. However, brown shoes with navy suits is the more conventional combination, and looks great. To put it in perspective formality wise, I might wear a navy suit and black shoes to an interview/a first day, and then brown shoes and a navy suit later. I think navy and black looks more formal.

Mar 27, 2014

Make the first pair dark, then when you're in the market for a second pair you can go lighter, or maybe mix it up with some cordovan. But as said above, the dark brown is very versatile

I would agree with you, but then we'd both be wrong.

May 19, 2014

While I favor black, I also like a dark brown as well.

Dec 10, 2014

navy suit with brown shoes is a classic look, IMO.

Mar 28, 2014

Now to try and use this response to convince the wife that I need 2 pair of brown shoes.

Apr 6, 2014
AcctNerd:

Now to try and use this response to convince the wife that I need 2 pair of brown shoes.

Jesus... Get some fuking balls. Convince the wife you need shoes? How fuking ironic... I bet she gets permission for her shoe purchases.

If you want shoes buy them. You work right? So spend your money.

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Oct 7, 2013

Dark brown captoes and a navy suit is pretty much my uniform. However, it is seen as a little less conservative in some circles.

Please don't quote Patrick Bateman.

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Mar 27, 2014

depending on the hue of navy, bourbon shoes may be a great option. This was advice I was given. Agree that you should wear your suit to go try the shoes on too

May 20, 2014

I think dark brown is good.

Dec 10, 2014

Yes. I don't like your shoes though.

Dec 11, 2014
ArcherVice:

Yes. I don't like your shoes though.

this

Oct 7, 2013

I only wear brown shoes with navy suits. Black shoes are too formal and isn't it a fashion no-no to wear black and navy together?

Mar 27, 2014

If you don't mind looking fashionable, rock the British tan. It's a bold look.

May 20, 2014

It is worth the extra few bucks to get Allen Edmonds if for nothing else than the long term use you will get from them.

Oct 7, 2013

If you don't wear black shoes with a navy suit...I'm not sure what color you'd wear them with

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Mar 27, 2014

The darker the navy, the darker the shoes. Check out some Grensons.

May 23, 2014

I have actually had these for awhile and they look great with my navy suit: http://www.colehaan.com/air-stylar-split-oxford-t-...

Despite the price they have lasted quite a while (quite a bit more when I picked them up), I would buy the belt at the same time as that is a difficult color to match.

Oct 7, 2013

Charcoal, grey, and black

Oct 7, 2013
goblan:

Charcoal, grey, and black

Cannot believe he asked that question

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Oct 7, 2013
goblan:

Charcoal, grey, and black

I think black shoes look terrible with grey suits, and nobody wears black suits to work. Guess you could do black and charcoal

Oct 7, 2013

brown shoes with navy suit all the way, and like above posters have said make sure they match with socks, belt, tie etc

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Mar 28, 2014

Definitely go for a dark shade of brown, like chocolate.

May 23, 2014

Determine your sizes for some decent shoes, AE as others have suggested, and buy them off ebay.

Mar 28, 2014

Thanks.

Oct 7, 2013

would cop oxblood shoes instead. traditionally more formal than brown, and i think it's more versatile as well. looks kick ass with a navy suit.

Mar 28, 2014

Darker side of brown shoes with navy is what i usually wear. People say it looks good.

May 27, 2014

Just a side comment. With a navy suit you should AVOID black shoes. Black shoes go well with black suit, perhaps grey.

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Jun 2, 2014
Capo_MBA:

Just a side comment. With a navy suit you should AVOID black shoes. Black shoes go well with black suit, perhaps grey.

Agree. The black shoe look is not very current for the analyst age group anyway. I only wear them when I have no other choice.

Oct 7, 2013
May 27, 2014

how has no on mentioned cole haans yet?

happy to give advice; no asking for referrals please

Oct 7, 2013

You only get navy shoes with navy suits. Period. That's the drawback of them.

May 27, 2014

also zara has a decent selection too

happy to give advice; no asking for referrals please

Oct 7, 2013

1/10.

You can do better.

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Oct 8, 2013

Best rule to follow is your shoes need to be darker then your suit, especially with a Navy suit. Make sure the shoes are a dark brown not too light and make sure your belt matches the shoes, basics!

May 27, 2014

Traditionally brown or some version of brown (cognac, etc) are appropriate for blue suits and black shoes should be avoided, although that's largely disregarded today. I often wear black shoes with navy suits but from an old school Saville Row point of view, it goes against the rules.

Oct 8, 2013

Brown shoes with a navy suit is chill if you wear a brown belt with it. Or black shoes and a black belt. As the old adage goes, Belt and shoes go together like sex and cigarettes.

Jun 1, 2014

I never wear black shoes. I hate the look.

Oct 8, 2013

I do not think that it is allowed.

More importantly it would look bit weird wearing two shoes of two different color!

Oct 8, 2013
tim75:

I do not think that it is allowed.

More importantly it would look bit weird wearing two shoes of two different color!

You tried hard to be both technical and funny. You failed at both.

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Oct 8, 2013

Black is the most conservative and formal, hence the most appropriate for client facing roles. Don't listen to what women say, black and navy is one of the most classic men's combinations there is. The same goes for black and grey. The fact that this question is so heavily debated on here is astounding. I thought bankers were supposed to be smart? I suggest you all read up on dressing appropriately for the occasion.

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Oct 8, 2013
Monkeyfaces:

Black is the most conservative and formal, hence the most appropriate for client facing roles. Don't listen to what women say, black and navy is one of the most classic men's combinations there is. The same goes for black and grey. The fact that this question is so heavily debated on here is astounding. I thought bankers were supposed to be smart? I suggest you all read up on dressing appropriately for the occasion.

Thanks for adding nothing and wasting everyone's time.

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Oct 8, 2013
peinvestor2012:
Monkeyfaces:

Black is the most conservative and formal, hence the most appropriate for client facing roles. Don't listen to what women say, black and navy is one of the most classic men's combinations there is. The same goes for black and grey. The fact that this question is so heavily debated on here is astounding. I thought bankers were supposed to be smart? I suggest you all read up on dressing appropriately for the occasion.

Thanks for adding nothing and wasting everyone's time.

The guys who are saying that navy and black is a no-no are wasting everyone's time. Black and navy is the most correct combination there is.

There is no debate here. It does not depend on shirt or tie color, black goes with everything, as long as the suit is navy, grey or charcoal. There are certain rules in menswear, and they can be found very easily on google.

Wear black shoes if you want to be more conservative, wear dark brown if you want to be a bit more casual. One can even argue that if you want to be a bit more casual you shouldn't be wearing a navy suit in the first place.

My comment added a whole lot more than yours. Why don't you counter my statements in a friendly discussion if you disagree, instead of referring to ad hominems?

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Oct 8, 2013

The British (and Americans until around the 1940s) came up for these rules for a reason, adhering to them ensured you looked good. Over time the lounge suit rules iterated to perfection.

When I see somebody breaking one of the rules, it tells me that this person never was exposed to proper dress, which in most countries implies something about their social status and origin. As I got older and learnt more about the world, I started seeing square, light brown shoes worn with a purple-striped navy suit as a sign of a doer instead of someone who needs a lesson in basic dressing ideas. The most interesting are those who break the rules consistently and thoughtfully (for example wearing the wrong outfit perfectly).

Still, brown shoes would be appropriate with tweed or other countryside outfits, whilst black is what should be worn in any meeting room. This especially applies to navy, which is the most formal colour a man can wear (for example, appropriate at a wedding when one does not have a morning suit). To then wear a "casual" colour designed for one's country estate is an interesting choice, which takes quite a stretch of the imagination to justify as spezzatura (the careful art of pretend carelessness that characterises the tasteful).

One caveat: if you spend a bit of time studying Apparel Arts or other fashion magazines from the first half of the 20th century (arguably the peak of male dress) you find that "clients" wore considerably more liberal outfits than their "bankers" or service providers. For example: http://cdn.styleforum.net/1/17/900x900px-LL-176a3b...

I'll let you think about that one ;)

Oct 8, 2013

Adding even more value, a comparison of different black captoes. Go and pick your next pair of shoes! I'm a big fan of the Gaziano & Girlings, but the John Lobbs are very nice too.
http://www.styleforum.net/t/362365/the-quintessent...

"No man should be without a pair of black dress shoes in his wardrobe; if there is room only for one pair, it would be the quintessential black cap toe oxford. It is one of the most versatile shoes a man can own, suitable for nearly all formal occasions from office to weddings. While dark brown offers deep patina and changing highlights, black brings out the best in mirror shine at the same time being a subtle conservative foundation to a good outfit."

I suggest you read all 683 pages of this thread:
http://www.styleforum.net/t/309586/whnay-s-good-ta...

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Oct 8, 2013

Just my two cents:

Regardless if you think women are wrong on this, black and blue do not go together. I always see people wearing a blue suit and black shoes, and it looks like they are clashing. It looks sloppy. The black shoes hinder the blue in your suit. If you combine the right shade of brown, with a matching belt, and some nice blue socks, then your blue suit color pops out more. Black and blue are too similar, and they should not be worn together (in my opinion). Its like the same thing as wearing a red t-shirt with orange shorts.. Too similar. You need some nice contrast/complimentary colors.

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Oct 8, 2013
StudentLoanBackedSecurities:

Just my two cents:

Regardless if you think women are wrong on this, black and blue do not go together. I always see people wearing a blue suit and black shoes, and it looks like they are clashing. It looks sloppy. The black shoes hinder the blue in your suit. If you combine the right shade of brown, with a matching belt, and some nice blue socks, then your blue suit color pops out more. Black and blue are too similar, and they should not be worn together (in my opinion). Its like the same thing as wearing a red t-shirt with orange shorts.. Too similar. You need some nice contrast/complimentary colors.

Sorry, but that's just wrong. As EURCHF parity so eloquently stated: "When I see somebody breaking one of the rules, it tells me that this person never was exposed to proper dress, which in most countries implies something about their social status and origin."

If you're caught wearing brown and navy (I hope you're not wearing blue suits to work!), in for example London, people will judge you for it.

When it comes to dressing appropriately for the office, individual opinions are simply less relevant, whether you like it or not.

Oct 8, 2013
StudentLoanBackedSecurities:

Just my two cents:

Regardless if you think women are wrong on this, black and blue do not go together. I always see people wearing a blue suit and black shoes, and it looks like they are clashing. It looks sloppy. The black shoes hinder the blue in your suit. If you combine the right shade of brown, with a matching belt, and some nice blue socks, then your blue suit color pops out more. Black and blue are too similar, and they should not be worn together (in my opinion). Its like the same thing as wearing a red t-shirt with orange shorts.. Too similar. You need some nice contrast/complimentary colors.

We should all take this junior's advice seriously, as he is a true trend-setter and fashionista.

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Oct 8, 2013

peinvestor, this thread is hilarious! You ask a legitimate question, and then when people answer, you crap in their pants. Haha, I'm loving it!

Oct 8, 2013
StudentLoanBackedSecurities:

Just my two cents:

Regardless if you think women are wrong on this, black and blue do not go together. I always see people wearing a blue suit and black shoes, and it looks like they are clashing. It looks sloppy. The black shoes hinder the blue in your suit. If you combine the right shade of brown, with a matching belt, and some nice blue socks, then your blue suit color pops out more. Black and blue are too similar, and they should not be worn together (in my opinion). Its like the same thing as wearing a red t-shirt with orange shorts.. Too similar. You need some nice contrast/complimentary colors.

Another note on black and navy: shining black shoes with navy is a great idea and one of the ways in which one can deepen the colour of the shoe whilst remaining correct. I recommend wax instead of the kwikwax type horrors, applied sparsely and with a hint of water on the hard bits once a week. It takes around 40 minutes to obtain the correct effect. If you care.

Regarding grey suits and black shoes:
http://www.levinerwood.com/wp-content/uploads/2010...
http://www.gentlemansgazette.com/de/wp-content/upl...
http://i23.photobucket.com/albums/b367/thunderw21/...
And here's a chap returning from the country, for a nice contrast: http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-J1VOLK7RFX8/To7LBnnZW2I/...

The Mayfair angle is interesting. I do think that a lot of the companies (read: hedge funds) in Mayfair are on the "doing" side, whereas most of the City and Canary Wharf is in the business of providing professional services and dress accordingly. When you are having lunch with Amitabh from Blackbox Capital, you sure won't say a word about his wearing a blazer (impeccably) outside a sports event. And of course, talking of grey, the correct colour of trousers with a navy sports coat, you would then pair it with brown shoes, as is appropriate with the setting.

Jul 7, 2017

Sorry, but this is bullshit.

Oct 8, 2013

From a Yank in London:

- Loafers in the City are very common, and a fast majority of said loafers are penny loafers (someone above indicated that loafers were rare in London, they are incorrect)

- No brown in town is violated by two groups: Americans (who often wear Oxblood, but sometimes just dress like they want to be made fun of) and stylish Mediterranean types (the latter often also sport beards, they have special rules)

Ultimately, you can do what you want to express yourself sartorially. If you really feel like black shoes with a navy blue suit violates your sensibilities, then go ahead and wear brown. Just know that you are taking a huge risk. Historically, clothes signalled that you went to the right school and University, and knew the right people who told you off when you dressed poorly. These days, you can fake fitting in through a careful study of the internet, though there is plenty of misinformation out there.

Ultimately, EURCHF and Monkeyface are absolutely correct. The truth is, StudentLoanBackedSecurities, that your opinion is less important than the opinion of those who have banded together for a very long time to try and establish a non-linguistic code for excluding those who are not "in the know". Their contempt is honed by several generations of running the world, so I'd defer to their judgement. Less risky.

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Oct 8, 2013
cityknight:

From a Yank in London:

- Loafers in the City are very common, and a fast majority of said loafers are penny loafers (someone above indicated that loafers were rare in London, they are incorrect)

- No brown in town is violated by two groups: Americans (who often wear Oxblood, but sometimes just dress like they want to be made fun of) and stylish Mediterranean types (the latter often also sport beards, they have special rules)

Ultimately, you can do what you want to express yourself sartorially. If you really feel like black shoes with a navy blue suit violates your sensibilities, then go ahead and wear brown. Just know that you are taking a huge risk. Historically, clothes signalled that you went to the right school and University, and knew the right people who told you off when you dressed poorly. These days, you can fake fitting in through a careful study of the internet, though there is plenty of misinformation out there.

Ultimately, EURCHF and Monkeyface are absolutely correct. The truth is, StudentLoanBackedSecurities, that your opinion is less important than the opinion of those who have banded together for a very long time to try and establish a non-linguistic code for excluding those who are not "in the know". Their contempt is honed by several generations of running the world, so I'd defer to their judgement. Less risky.

Interesting. I always thought oxblood/burgundy (i.e. Alden's Color 8 shell) did not count as brown for purposes of the rule. I'm guessing the Americans are sporting those while the Italians run around in antiqued dark brown leather.

Oct 8, 2013

Depends on how judgemental the Brit in question is feeling. My current MD looks down on belts - a lack of tabs is a sign of general impoverishment.

And good looking Italian fellows know they can get away with anything. London may have codified the ground rules of looking proper, but plenty of Italians will catch you peering down at their suede brogues and give you a look that leaves no doubt as to who invented looking fucking fantastic.

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Oct 8, 2013
cityknight:

The truth is, StudentLoanBackedSecurities, that your opinion is less important than the opinion of those who have banded together for a very long time to try and establish a non-linguistic code for excluding those who are not "in the know".

I am tempted to resurrect Alan Plusser's quip about the value of women's opinion on male dress but I shall leave it to those interested in his excellent book :P

Oct 8, 2013

Black shoes and a Navy suit absolutely do go together. Why are we talking about what the dressing conventions of women are?

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Oct 8, 2013

At banks in the City and Canary Wharf black shoes is all you see. Mayfair is a slightly different environment. And yes, those Italians all seem to grow beards and longer hair as soon as they hit VP.

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Oct 9, 2013

Mayfair: where restaurants' extra ties are worn by hedgies worth more than the restaurant itself.

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Oct 9, 2013

This is why interns show up looking like, well, interns.

Oct 11, 2013

Brown flat out looks better. Go with brown for any situation except if what these posters are saying about banks is true.. I have no experience at banks.

Recap: black at bank. Brown anywhere else.

Oct 13, 2013

Fashions come and go, but proportions are timeless.

Agreed, heartily. The classic YSL quote comes to mind.

The idea is not to receive compliment, as you are so well dressed that it passes unnoticed.

True. I have been guilty of violating this; as a young man, there have been times I have purposely dressed to be noticed. As I've matured (it is a lifelong process), it's been more of an effort to dress well enough that the clothing complements my person rather than shouting on my behalf. Again, similar to the old saying about money: "Money talks, wealth whispers."

At this point, the people who comment on my clothing are exactly those you mentioned, other bespoke customers who inquire about my tailor. I disagree with your point about women and tailoring (and vice versa). I have been making more of an effort to be conversant in womenswear, and there have been times when ladies have made intelligent comments on my attire.

Regarding the gym, we've already got that covered. That unfortunately is the reason I began pursuing custom clothing in the first place; off-the-rack garments stopped fitting. At this point, my measurements are drop-11.

Oct 13, 2013

Indeed, as they used to say in ballroom, "be the frame on which the lady shines". To her the bright green and red flamboyance and interesting innovations. This is not to say that it is not possible to be original with taste, but our world is that of textures and proportions.

Let me qualify my statement: I've found that vastly more men, than women, know about male dress. Thus it is often the case that "getting female attention" is no sign of being tastefully dressed.

I find female fashion rather incomprehensible, due to its breadth and the much wider varieties of body shapes and colours to contend with; as such my attitude has always been to stay quiet and let live. Specific comments tend to draw wrath, anyway. As Anatole France used to say "life is too short and Proust is too long".

Oct 27, 2013

As an employee at Jos. A Banks, I would suggest black. Assuming you're not too into fashion considering you asked the question, most people who wear brown shoes with navy suits try too hard and match the belt with their shoes, and its off. And black goes with black, and every shade of grey suit. What type of shoe? Versace loafers, theyre pretty conservative, and last forever. Just my two cents.

Oct 27, 2013
HNEP:

As an employee at Jos. A Banks, I would suggest black. Assuming you're not too into fashion considering you asked the question, most people who wear brown shoes with navy suits try too hard and match the belt with their shoes, and its off. And black goes with black, and every shade of grey suit. What type of shoe? Versace loafers, theyre pretty conservative, and last forever. Just my two cents.

Terrible troll attempt.

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Oct 27, 2013

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Nov 6, 2013

Apologies for the bump but...
http://knowmore.washingtonpost.com/2013/11/06/what...
Discussion over.

Jun 10, 2014

>> http://knowmore.washingtonpost.com/2013/11/06/what...
>> Discussion over.

Yeah, white suit and purple shoes. 'nuff said!

Jun 6, 2014

If you wear any additional accessory to your outfit it should somehow compliment with each other.The best thing to go with for a navy suit is to wear brown shoes that matches any other accessories such as tie, belt, shirt etc.

Jun 10, 2014

Brown looks way better with navy. Its not boring, yet not too much.

Jul 28, 2014

Black and brown Park Avenues are on sale at Nordstroms for $240 until August 4th. McAllisters and Strands are also on sale.

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Jul 30, 2014

Season def plays a role--black shoes are more formal and wintry; brown/walnut better for warmers temps. Both are okay looks-wise. I'm not in love with the combination in the picture: shoe color a bit too rusty for the shade of pant and fit too small--foot appears wide and short. The lace and toe cap accents do well to minimize the width, but a wider toe would balance out perspective more.

Jan 25, 2015

lol at the guy suggesting super high rise and pleats. But seriously why are we holding ourselves to fashion standards of the 40's in 2015? Black looks ok with a navy suit but brown (darker)/burgundy definitely looks better. It also looks just as classy as black or sometimes even more so. I guess if it is the norm in the office and is frowned upon then do what needs to be done, but I certaintly don't want to only wear black cap toes for the rest of my life. Also, I think if females agree that should tell you something.

Feb 6, 2015

What do you guys think for the 5th avenue in chili with a blue suit. (hard to describe a color, but slightly lighter than navy)

The only thing that worries me is chili shoes. In my country is ok, but here everyone is concerned about being conservative. Any time it's all about your knowledge, not about lovely shoes lol.

Feb 10, 2015

Black shoes are great and essentially foolproof. When you start to wear brown shoes, you have to be extremely conscious of which shade you're wearing. Nothing looks worse than when someone is wearing brown shoes and they have a belt that is another shade of brown. This goes for watch bands as well. Additionally, it's not really appropriate to wear brown shoes to any type of evening event, as they are a much more casual choice. Brown shoes with a navy suit is trendy, but black shoes are timeless.

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Feb 26, 2015

I like wearing chestnut oxfords with navy suits. My two cents..

Apr 2, 2015

i would like to wear brown shoes

Apr 4, 2015

Got my first job on Wall Street interviewing in a blue suit, brown shoes, white shirt, (red+black) tie.

May 30, 2015

Both can look good-depends on how formal the event is. For example I would never wear brown shoes with a navy suit to a formal dinner.

May 30, 2015

Brown shoes and brown belt with a navy suit always

May 30, 2015

Either is fine, but dark brown/cordovan is more appropriate in my opinion.

May 30, 2015

When I'm asking for an LPs money, I wear black. When co's/mgmt teams are asking me for money I wear brown.

When I'm asking for an LPs money I wear a tie with my suit. When people are asking me for money I don't wear a tie with my suit.

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