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How do I determine the correct color shoe?

Asked by Dan Gaul

It seems like a black shoe is always a good choice, but I have a pair of brown shoes but I never really feel confident with what to wear them with.

What colors coordinate well with brown shoes?

  • Cator Sparks Cator Sparks

    January 18, 2013 – 2:01 am

    Well in the ‘olden days’ men wore black shoes in the city and brown shoes in the country. Although we don’t think like that today, I still like to pair black shoes with a pinstripe suit or more urban looks. Brown shoes go great with tweed, linen, earthy colors and certainly lighten a spring/summer outfit.

  • Ian Bell

    January 18, 2013 – 4:40 am

    I like seeing brown shoes with grey suits more than black shoes these days.

  • esalasjr

    January 24, 2013 – 3:30 pm

    With Brown shoes they pretty much go with anything. I recently bought a pair of brown boots and whenever I get tired of wearing my Black boots I put on the brown ones instead. They are good for casual or dressing up.

  • Cator Sparks Cator Sparks

    January 24, 2013 – 10:38 pm

    Yes, curious to know who you went with.
    Regardless who you go with- be sure to buy proper cedar shoe trees to keep them fresh and in good form.

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