When people consider someone's wardrobe choices, they often start from the bottom: the shoes. Even the finest tailored suit can be ruined with a an ugly or worn out pair and the wrong color shoe will make your suit seem mismatched, at best.
Not every shoe is made equally and this couldn't be more true than with shoe colors. If you're going to own one color of shoe, obviously the best choice is black as it can pair with almost anything and is acceptable for events where you don't want to be too flashy (such as an event with a very formal dress code or, especially, a funeral).
Below is a quick primer on what color pants pair best with the four most popular colors of shoes: black, tan, brown, and oxblood.
The most formal shoe color out there and the most restrictive one as well. Black shoes are highly appropriate for grey of all shades and, of course, black. When paired with blue, avoid navy and set your sights on lighter shades. Never, and we mean never, wear black shoes with a brown suit.
Tan shoes are probably the most versatile a man can own. They’ll look great with navy, all types of grey, and browns of all shades. Note their chameleonic superpowers don’t stop at suits—they go perfect with business casual attires, as well. Avoid sporting tan shoes with black suits as the contrast is, at best, flashy.
In formal settings, brown shoes should be avoided when wearing black or charcoal suits. Aside from this, brown is a color that will class up any type of grey and blue fabric and it will make you look dapper in a camel or brown ensemble. Don't listen to the people who tell you that brown can never be worn in a formal setting, they're hopelessly stuck in the past.
Oxblood is nobody's first choice of shoe color. Daunting as they may look, we guarantee they're one of the most functional and multifaceted shoes out there. Plus, they'll make any look in the book bolder and more interesting. They complement all shades of grey, most navy blues, and can even be worn with black.
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