INSPIRATION AND ADVICE
WHAT SHOES TO WEAR WITH DIFFERENT COLOUR SUITS
By Steven Potter, 25 March 2019
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.
What colour shoes go with a black suit?
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.
What colour shoes go with a grey suit?
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.
What colour shoes go with a neutral colour suit?
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.
What colour shoes go with a charcoal suit?
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.
What shoe style should I wear during the autumn and winter?
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.
Which shoe style should I choose for spring and summer?
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.