Do Brown Shoes Go With a Black Suit?
Written by ShawnTe Pierce
Do brown shoes go with a black suit? Traditional style rules say absolutely not. In reality, though, it depends. Old hard-and-fast style rules are often outdated because fashion stretches the boundaries of these rules every season. The more fashion-conscious men are, the less old-school rules seem to apply. Before you go all out and start wearing brown shoes with black suits, find out when and how to match the two together.
The office is probably the one place where the traditional rule of wearing black shoes with a black suit applies. It doesn’t matter if it’s for the job interview, sitting at your desk, or attending a meeting. Err on the side of conservative fashion and stick to traditional rules.
Outside of Work
For all other occasions when wearing a black suit is appropriate, choosing to wear a brown shoe is up to you. The saying that goes “confidence makes the man” is very true when it comes to breaking style rules. You can’t go against the grain unless you have the confidence to own the look. Choosing a brown shoe from the Florsheim Imperial line doesn’t hurt either. Two brown dress shoes that can be worn with a black suit are the Florsheim Cromwell in cognac and the Florsheim Covden in brown. The Cromwell in cognac is for the man who likes to set trends. The brown Covden is the shoe for the man who likes to thumb his nose at old-fashioned style from time to time.
Ways to Pull Brown Shoes With a Black Suit Together
If you still want to try the look but lack the confidence to go bold, match your brown shoe with another piece of your ensemble. Pick a tie that has the same or similar shade of brown as your shoes, wear a brown dress shirt with your black suit in the same shade as your shoes, or find a matching brown vest. Having another brown piece in your look helps the brown shoe seem less out-of-place.
Do brown shoes go with a black suit? That depends on you. How far are you willing to veer away from fashion norms? Are you prepared to be bold like Esquire’s 2010 Best Dressed Real Man, Angel Ramos, who totally rocks a black suit with brown shoes? If your answer is “yes,” then go for broke and wear it with gusto.
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Posted January 7, 2013
Tags: black suit and brown shoes, Covden