Updated: Jul 14, 2021
Picking the right colour shoes to match your suit is essential. That’s why we’ve put together a few pointers to ensure you look more like Mr Bond rather than Mr Bean. Whether you work behind the bar at your local or you’re an established solicitor, suiting up is a magical thing. Men become gentlemen and confidence levels grow from low to high in a matter of seconds. However, your crisply ironed shirt, smart designer watch and beautifully fitted suit are nothing but bystanders if you can’t pick the right colour footwear to match. Here’s everything you need to know...
What colour shoes to wear with a black suit?
The black suit might be a classic choice, but it does come with a lot of limitations. Unfortunately, brown shoes don’t contrast well with a black suit, while darker options (including red) can leave you looking a bit top-heavy. And don’t even get me started on white! A good old-fashioned pair of quality leather black brogues is the answer here. Or for more elegant occasions, a pair of black dress shoes can give you the finish you desire.
What colour shoes to wear with a navy suit?
Opting for a navy suit gives you more options in the footwear department. It also looks equally as good in the winter, as it does in the summer, so it’s a no-brainer for any gentleman searching for his first suit.
For a classic look, stick to a pair of black or tan Oxford dress shoes or brogues. However, brown is the best option if you want a modern and sophisticated look. Our Chestnut Brown Oxfords men’s handcrafted shoes are a great option if you want to add an edge to your look.
If you’re attending a summer wedding, brown tassel loafers or retro monk shoes are a great option for a polished vibe. Alternatively, if you’re dressed for a summer BBQ, you can even combine your navy suit with a pair of classic white trainers.
What colour shoes to wear with a grey suit?
A grey suit is very hit and miss. Pick the wrong pair of shoes and you could look like you’ve stepped back into the 80s. But if you get it right you have the ability to turn some heads. Your main challenge here is identifying which shade of grey you have. If you wear a dark grey suit, you’re very much restricted to a pair of black or burgundy shoes. On the other hand, a lighter shade of grey enables you to add a light brown to the mix. Dress loafers are an interesting footwear choice if you’re looking to add some character to your outfit. However, if you’re still feeling perplexed by the colour combinations, stay safe and choose a pair of black dress shoes.
What colour shoes to wear with a cream or beige suit?
You’ll be a brave man to choose a cream or beige suit in the winter months with the lighter shades acting as a magnet for stains. However, needs must. Light brown suede shoes, brogues, dress shoes and clean white plimsolls all work with these suit colours. For weekly fashion tips from Percy Stride, subscribe to our blog by filling out your details in the form below.