What’s with brown shoes

Why does everyone say u shouldn't wear brown shoes with a suit.... if you are wearing some colors (like a navy suit)brown shoes look better. Is the only option black or what else can u wear

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Jun 24, 2021 - 1:31pm

Wearing brown shoes with a grey or navy suit is totally fine. But would caution wearing lighter brown / tan shoes with a darker suit as the contrast might be too strong and lighter shoes in general are less formal than darker shoes. Obviously never wear brown shoes with a black suit. On a related note, WSO seems to have this weird rule against wearing black suits in the office. Nothing wrong with a black suit and would recommend it for your first one since it is the hardest to fuck up and can wear pretty much any tie (not that this is common any more).

Sep 8, 2021 - 9:09am

Black is just not a versatile color at all for a suit. For most people in most situations it just looks too severe and will have way too strong of a contrast between it and whatever tie / shirt you wear. Imagine wearing a black suit outside during a wedding, it just won't work -- you'll look like a waiter. If you wear it at work it looks too severe. Just stick with solid navy, charcoal gray, or medium gray. I'm having a hard time thinking of a situation where black would be the clear better option than navy. Maybe if you're at some cool club somewhere but even still.

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Sep 8, 2021 - 5:37pm

The only men who wear black suits during the day are undertakers and limo drivers - and clueless summer interns who were raised by single mothers. The crappy clothes shows what happens when you grow up without strong male authority figures.

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Jun 29, 2021 - 11:31pm

The Brits are all about no brown shoes etc. The city of London and canary Wharf is practically black shoes only. Business Insider did a funny piece on this a few years ago. They took photos of those areas and virtually no one in a suit had brown shoes. 

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Jul 12, 2021 - 12:20pm

Much more common in the south. I've seen a lot of people in Charlotte wear them. I do, but I will probably stop just to play it safe in New York. I know it's totally frowned upon in London, and they have a saying "No brown in town"

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Jul 23, 2021 - 11:22pm

No brown shoes seems to be a UK thing. In the US, brown shoes are perfectly fine, generally with navy / dark blue suits as opposed to charcoal / gray ones. You can also wear brown shoes with chinos if your office is more casual. Darker browns are imo more conservative and versatile but medium browns are perfectly fine too. 

Jul 30, 2021 - 4:07am

Brown shoes are perfectly fine. Black can be a bit boring sometimes.

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Sep 8, 2021 - 9:10am

It's fine and this is more UK focused advice. Just as long as they're a very dark brown / burgundy. The whole "light brown shoes and medium blue suit" look just isn't good.

  • Analyst 2 in IB - Cov
Sep 8, 2021 - 5:36pm

Lol at the MS all on the same day after a post made months ago. Sad.

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Sep 19, 2021 - 10:12am

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