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A GUIDE TO MATCHING YOUR SHOES & YOUR SUIT

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A black suit will go with only one color of dress shoe which is ___? while a black dress shoe will go with nearly all suit colors except ___ and ___? 

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At a corporate training program I attended some time ago, I met this sharp dressed gentleman wearing a nice well-tailored suit, his dress shirt to tie combination was perfect, the pocket square – a perfect complement to his necktie, his socks – a nice pair of colorful argyle socks, then his shoes…oh his shoes – a nice Oxford shoe which by all style standard was suitable for his suit look, however, something wasn’t just right with those shoes.

Can you guess what?

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.

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Uhmm… NO! it’s not what you are thinking…

He actually matched the color of his shoe with that of his belt perfectly well, the shoe was well shined and clean. In fact, this gentleman had observed my 5 Rules On How To Wear and Take Care Of Your Shoes.

Here was the Problem…

Even though his shoe was perfect for the occasion, it wasn’t the perfect color for the suit he was wearing and this alone changed up the entire look of his outfit, made it less than perfect.

 

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When you want to match suits and shoes, there are a couple of things to consider of which “The Color of Shoe” is one of them. Not many people are aware of this as I get this question on a regular basis – What color of shoes should I wear with my suit?

Some suit colors work best with specific shoe colors, hence this simple guide has been written to help you choose correctly the color of shoe to go with your suit.

Just in case you are asking the same question, don’t worry it’s very easy to get it right once you master the basic color rules. So, here is a guide on how to match suits and shoes.

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THE COLORS OF SHOE

 

THE SUIT

There are several colors of suits, but in this article, we will be discussing only eight (8) colors. Let’s get started, shall we?

 

1. THE BLACK SUIT

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You should only pair with

  • BLACK SHOES (This is the only appropriate shoe color for a black suit)

NEVER PAIR with any of these

  • BROWN SHOES
  • BURGUNDY SHOES
  • LIGHT BROWN SHOES

2. THE CHARCOAL/DARK GREY SUIT

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You CAN pair with any of these two shoe colors

  • BLACK SHOES [Best Choice]
  • BURGUNDY SHOES [2nd Choice]

NEVER PAIR with

  • BROWN SHOES
  • TAN OR LIGHT BROWN SHOES

A charcoal gray suit is a formal suit, pairing it with a black shoe is the best option. Although it can go with Dark Burgundy Shoes. Avoid pairing it with brown or tan shoes as it makes it look informal.

 

3. THE NAVY SUIT

 

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You CAN pair with any of the four basic colors of shoes.

  • BROWN SHOES (Best Choice 1)
  • TAN OR LIGHT BROWN SHOES (2nd Choice)
  • BURGUNDY SHOES [3rd Choice]
  • BLACK SHOES [4th Choice]

The best choice with this suit color would be a brown shoe or a tan shoe. Burgundy also works well especially when worn on a less strict business day, let’s say on a Thursday at the office. Even though a black shoe is acceptable, avoid wearing this color too often as it is bound to make it look like you are wearing a black suit on a black shoe.

Even though a black shoe is acceptable, avoid wearing this color too often as it is bound to make it look like you are wearing a black suit on a black shoe.

 

4. THE BLUE SUIT – OTHER SHADES OF BLUE

[SUCH AS POWDER, ROYAL, COBALT, SAPPHIRE, INDIGO AND OTHER SHADES OF BLUE]

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You CAN pair with any of the four basic colors of shoes.

  • TAN OR LIGHT BROWN SHOES (Best Choice 1)
  • BROWN SHOES (2nd Choice)
  • BURGUNDY SHOES [3rd Choice]
  • BLACK SHOES [4th Choice]

Since this suit goes with all the 4 basic color of shoes, now to select the particular one you want to wear, you just need to choose the shoe that compliments the accessories you’ve introduced in your outfit.

So let’s say you have a powder blue or royal blue suit, a white shirt and a red tie – You should pick a Tan, Brown or Burgundy Shoe. On the other hand, if it’s a powder blue or royal blue suit, a white shirt and a black tie – You should choose a Black shoe. Overall, all shoe colors work well for The Blue Suit.

 

 

5. THE MEDIUM & LIGHT GREY SUIT

 

You CAN pair with any of the four basic colors of shoes and even more. It is the most versatile suit color.

  • BROWN SHOES
  • TAN OR LIGHT BROWN SHOES
  • BLACK SHOES
  • BURGUNDY SHOES

Just like The Blue Suit, the Light Grey suit goes with all shoe colors. To select the particular one you want to wear, you just need to choose the shoe that compliments the accessories you’ve introduced in your outfit.

 

6. THE BROWN SUIT

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You CAN pair with any of these three shoe colors below:

  • BROWN SHOES [Best Choice 1]
  • TAN OR LIGHT BROWN SHOES [2nd Choice]
  • BURGUNDY SHOES [3rd Choice]

NEVER PAIR with

  • BLACK SHOES

Brown shoes work best with brown or tan shoes. Avoid black shoes with this color of the suit.

 

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7. THE BURGUNDY SUIT

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You CAN pair with any of these four shoe colors

  • BROWN SHOES [Best Choice 1]
  • TAN OR LIGHT BROWN SHOES [2nd Choice]
  • BLACK SHOES [3rd Choice]
  • BURGUNDY SHOES [4th Choice]

If your suit is deep burgundy, you can wear brown shoes as well as black shoes.

 

 

8. THE BEIGE & CHAMPAGNE SUIT

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You CAN pair with any of these two shoe colors below

  • Tan or Light Brown Shoes
  • White shoes (Both Casual and Formal)

NEVER PAIR with

  • BLACK SHOES
  • BROWN SHOES
  • BURGUNDY SHOES

A beige suit should be paired with a shoe of same lighter shade such as a tan or light brown shoe. Depending on the occasion, if it’s an informal one, you can wear a white shoe. This suit color can easily be worn with informal shoes such as sneakers.

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FINAL THOUGHTS

This guide has been written to help you make the right decision on which color of the shoe is best for your suit. A lot of gents like to keep it safe by wearing a black shoe with all their suits and this doesn’t always go well.

You can actually make more of an impact with your suit look if you go for a brown, burgundy or tan shoe depending on what works well as against sticking to the usual black shoe all the time. However, as we’ve learned today that a black shoe is suitable for all color of suits except beige and brown suit. Please keep this in mind when next you are rocking your suit!

You can actually make more of an impact with your suit look if you go for a brown, burgundy or tan shoe depending on what works well as against sticking to the usual black shoe all the time. However, as we’ve learned today that a black shoe is suitable for all color of suits except beige and brown suit. Please keep this in mind when next you are rocking your suit!

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I hope this guide is helpful to you. Are you interested in buying suits? Not sure how to buy the right suit? We can help you, simply contact us today.

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I look forward to hearing from you, until then…Stay Classy!

Yours in Style,

Kobi O. Mbagwu [Mr. Kobi] Founder, MrKoachman.com
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Mr. Kobi

I am Mr. Kobi, a professional style consultant, menswear blogger & entrepreneur who uses fashion to change people’s lives. My personal goal is to help gentlemen dress better, live well, do well and develop a unique personal style that matches with their lifestyle and goals. I believe that success can be built through style. I believe that fashion is a tool that can be used to change people’s lives positively. I strongly believe that if you dress well, you look good, and if you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you worry less, and the less you worry the more you are able to stay motivated and focused in your goals pursuit and by so doing you are able to live a more fulfilling and successful life.

I am Mr. Kobi, a professional style consultant, menswear blogger & entrepreneur who uses fashion to change people’s lives. My personal goal is to help gentlemen dress better, live well, do well and develop a unique personal style that matches with their lifestyle and goals. I believe that success can be built through style. I believe that fashion is a tool that can be used to change people’s lives positively. I strongly believe that if you dress well, you look good, and if you look good, you feel good and when you feel good, you worry less, and the less you worry the more you are able to stay motivated and focused in your goals pursuit and by so doing you are able to live a more fulfilling and successful life.

17 Comments

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  2. Augustine

    July 4, 2016 at 12:27 PM

    Another lovely piece from you Mr Kobi.
    I will be grateful if you could give tips on how to rock Man Bags, I never feel comfortable using them though I like a few I have seen lately.

    • Mr. Kobi

      July 4, 2016 at 2:03 PM

      Thanks Augustine, I have noted it down. Will post this sometime this month. Hope you’ve subscribed?

      • Augustine

        July 5, 2016 at 12:22 AM

        Yes I have.

        Look forward to your next post.

    • Mr. Kobi

      September 8, 2016 at 1:00 PM

  3. venatius okpareke

    August 7, 2016 at 11:19 PM

    Thank you.

  4. Emmanuel Onuh

    August 8, 2016 at 4:05 PM

    Truly appreciate this! I’ve been making some errors but I’ve learned

    • Mr. Kobi

      August 9, 2016 at 9:48 AM

      Thanks Emmanuel. Glad I could help. Do stay in touch.

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  6. Deji Lawrence

    August 18, 2016 at 3:43 PM

    Thanks. Mine is pepreped red suit with black trouser. Thinking if brown shoe goes with it

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