Shoe Color, Suits, and TiesAlthough in this day and age, showing up in something other than flip-flops sets one above the crowd, I thought I’d pose this question and topic for the group: Does it matter what color shoes you wear with a suit? With a particular color tie?I’ve worn Alden cordovan shoes—lace ups, tassel loafers, and penny loafers—all my adult life and I’ve never given much thought to it. I wear cordovan with everything, from gray flannels to the usual navy and gray solid and pinstripe suits. From time to time, I’ll wear black shoes with a suit, usually with navy pinstripes and red tie. This was a fairly standard look in law and banking in the 1980s, when black wingtips and cap toes were popular and were worn with every color of suit.I read somewhere, though, that burgundy/cordovan shoes clash with a red necktie. I don’t think it does and, quite frankly, I do it all the time. Any thoughts on that?Photo: Alden Straight Tip Bal (shell cordovan), Allen Edmonds Fifth Avenue, and I’m wearing Church’s Consul 173 (burgundy).
Same network reference again. Until Brian Williams got all bracelet-y and what not, he had a great collection of repp ties. He wore black shoes with dark suits.
The Saville Row Company is very clear on their opinion. Black shoes only with a dark suit.
Mr. Porter? Same thing.
Still, the red sneaker theory prevails. That one eccentricity. It is fun to see people express themselves. As for Mr. Brokaw, whom we wish very well, it is really fun to see his eccentricities now that he dresses himself.