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INSPIRATION AND ADVICE

WHAT SHOES TO WEAR WITH DIFFERENT COLOUR SUITS

By Steven Potter, 25 March 2019

What shoes shall I wear with this suit? More complicated than it sounds, right? Well, the answer is – anything you want, really, but there are certain shoe/boot styles, plus colour combinations, that will really nail your look. So, before you head off to all those weddings, work parties or fancy dinners, cast your eye over the most popular combos (plus some unexpected options, too).
A picture of a model wearing a navy suit with black shoes. Available at ASOS.

A picture of a model wearing a blue suit and brown loafers. Available at ASOS.

What colour shoes go with a navy suit?

1. Navy is arguably the most wearable of all the suit colours and, with that, comes the opportunity to wear pretty much any colour shoes you like.
2. Traditionally, brown and burgundy are the most popular choices but go for black if your navy suit features black details, or it's made up of a black-check design.

3. Oxford, brogue and Derby-style shoes are the most traditional shoe choices, but a monk strap or loafer look is just as sweet.

4. Keep scrolling for some info around shoe styles by season.

A picture of a model wearing a black three-piece suit and black shoes. Available at ASOS.

A picture of a model wearing a black suit with a T-shirt and trainers.

What colour shoes go with a black suit?

1. There’s only really one option for this one chaps: black shoes.
2. It’s a timeless combo for a reason as it offers a super-sharp finish and suits (sorry) virtually everyone.
3. For a black-tie event, opt for a Derby or Oxford-style pair in a patent finish for a more elevated look.
4. Don’t just save your black suit for major events, though – dress it down with a white tee underneath and all-white trainers for a more low-key affair.
5. Think family meal, a work do, date night or even just flexing a smarter daytime style.
A picture of a model wearing a grey three-piece suit and black shoes. Available at ASOS.

A picture of a model wearing a grey check, three-piece suit with dark grey loafers. Available at ASOS.

What colour shoes go with a grey suit?

1. As grey lends a cooler vibe to your look, you can be more adventurous with your colour choices.
2. Black, brown and burgundy styles are (again) the most popular.
3. But don’t be afraid to opt for warmer hues like rust, navy or even forest green if you can find them.
4. Suede shoes tend to be available in these more ‘experimental’ colours.
5. If you do go for a bolder colour choice, use your tie and pocket square to match so your shoes don’t look too far removed from your formal look.
A picture of a model wearing a taupe blazer with tan-coloured trousers and brown brogues. Available at ASOS.

A picture of a model wearing a beige blazer with black trousers and patent black shoes. Available at ASOS.

What colour shoes go with a neutral colour suit?

1. With so many shades of suits to choose from, beige, taupe and tan suits are becoming more and more popular alongside your old favourites.
2. As these styles sit within the ‘earthy’ realm of the colour spectrum, shoes that differ slightly but sit within the same family are always a good shout.
3. Think light grey, tan, brown, white and, for a more contrasting look, go for black.
A picture of a model wearing a charcoal, check suit with a roll-neck jumper and burgundy loafers. Available at ASOS.

A picture of a model wearing a charcoal suit and black shoes. Available at ASOS.

What colour shoes go with a charcoal suit?

1. With a charcoal coloured suit you do have slightly fewer shoe colours to choose from.
2. Black, burgundy and oxblood styles are your best bet.
3. These colours offer a slight contrast, but not a major one, to complement the darker hue.
4. A limited colour choice doesn’t mean your shoe styles need to be constricted, though.
5. Oxfords, brogues, Derbies and monk-strap styles can all add the finishing touch to your charcoal look.
A picture of a pair of black shoes with a creeper sole. Available at ASOS.

A picture of a pair of black Dr Martens boots with a chunky sole. Available at ASOS.

What shoe style should I wear during the autumn and winter?

1. Now you know what colour combinations best complement your suit, you can apply the rules to different footwear types depending on which season you’re styling out.
2. For autumn/winter, brogues are the classic option, but Derby and Oxford styles with chunky or cleated soles add a weather-ready touch.
3. Smart boots are most definitely a thing (particularly brogue styles) and make for the perfect winter cop, as you can wear them casually after the event, too.
4. If you've got a black-tie event and you wanted to rock some boots, go for a patent style.
5. If boots are your thing, go for a slim or tapered leg so the cuff doesn’t sit on top of the boot itself.
A picture of a pair of tan tassel loafers. Available at ASOS.

A picture of a pair of black faux-leather sandals. Available at ASOS.

Which shoe style should I choose for spring and summer?

1. For spring, loafers are a nice way to reflect the warmer temperatures.
2. Tassel, snaffle and buckle styles are the most popular.
3. Woven details add a nice touch, particularly for any beach weddings you might have coming up.
4. If the weather’s more changeable (think sunny with a chance of rain), go for a chunkier sole style for some extra protection.
5. For the summer months or weddings abroad, embrace sandals. There are so many smart styles that perfectly complement suiting and *bonus alert* they'll keep your feet nice and breezy too. It's a win-win.
6. Also, any loafers or sandals you cop for your smart look slip right into any smart-casual styles as well so you can get more wear out of them.

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