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Old 09-10-05, 09:10 PM
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Black pants brown shoes

This is for professional dress.

Is it a fashion no no to pair those 2 together. I want this pair of brown shoes, but I don't have any brown pants to match it and I don't want to go buy some brown pants.
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Old 09-10-05, 09:26 PM
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I think brown shoes only look good with jeans or khakis, but what do I know?
Brown shoes with brown pants would make you look like you work for UPS.
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When I'm in a tizzy about this stuff, here's a place I usually check out.

http://www.menswearhouse.com/home_pa...=1126409365768
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bown shoes should be reserved for married men only. Leaving a potential fashion bomb like this in the hands of an unwitting bachelor with no restraints is dangerous.
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Old 09-10-05, 09:46 PM
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Originally Posted by zing28
When I'm in a tizzy about this stuff, here's a place I usually check out.

http://www.menswearhouse.com/home_pa...=1126409365768
So maybe I'm wrong... that site says, "No matter what dad told you, the right brown shoes look just fine with a black suit."
- but what are "the right brown shoes" ? (I assume very dark)
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Originally Posted by * jack *
So maybe I'm wrong... that site says, "No matter what dad told you, the right brown shoes look just fine with a black suit."
- but what are "the right brown shoes" ? (I assume very dark)
I think (well in my own opinion) they mean with a shiny finish for dress or professional. You know how some brown shoes are suede looking or have a flat finish? I think those would not be a good choice. They are definitely more for casual. And I also would assume a darker shade of brown for dress..
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Old 09-10-05, 11:12 PM
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I have never really liked brown shoes for anything but casual wear. Mens Warehouse is an excellent source for fashion tips.
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Old 09-10-05, 11:39 PM
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What do you think about cordovan or oxblood?
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black shoes, black socks
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Old 09-11-05, 03:16 AM
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Just don't wear white shoes after Labor Day or before Memorial Day.
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Originally Posted by * jack *
So maybe I'm wrong... that site says, "No matter what dad told you, the right brown shoes look just fine with a black suit."
What about the left brown shoes? Still no good, eh?
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Old 09-11-05, 06:51 AM
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They don't need to be so dark brown that they are almost black, but keep it on the darker side. If you wear too light of a brown (tan) the contrast will look like you're wearing light orange shoes and you'll have a few people more interested in taking a double take at your shoes than what you're saying.

Also, the general rule is: Shoes match the Belt. If you're wearing dark brown shoes and black pants, wear a dark brown belt as well.

The most important thing about dress clothes is that things should never be in obvious clash with eachother. Don't wear Black pants and Black shoes with white socks. It will get noticed. Depending on where you're at, it probably won't be mentioned, but it will be noticed.
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Old 09-11-05, 06:54 AM
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Originally Posted by Roody
What do you think about cordovan or oxblood?
Cordovan is about the lightest you should go when you don't have a darker option. Oxblood has a bit of a redish tint to it, so depending on the surroundings, you may be in for some embarassment or you may be looking good.

If you're on a bright colored or white flooring, Oxblood will look like clown shoes. If you're on dark flooring, then they will look pretty good. If you don't know what setting you are putting yourself in, I wouldn't chance it.
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Old 09-11-05, 07:54 AM
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Brown shoes will work with dark pants, SO LONG AS YOU HAVE A BROWN BELT.
As shoes are technically accessories, same as shoes, they should match.

this principle only works in the case of dark pants, it is a fashion no no if you have white pants...oy...
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Old 09-11-05, 07:57 AM
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Originally Posted by InfamousG
[...] look like you're wearing light orange shoes and you'll [...]
tehehehe....
light orange shoes
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Old 09-11-05, 06:12 PM
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I get all my fashion advice from Frank Zappa who sang:

"Brown shoes don't make it.
Quit school. Why fake it?"

Does this help?
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I work at the copy center at Neiman Marcus. One of the jobs I produced recently was a men's fashion guide. It said brown shoes were OK, unless you're wearing any black (emphasis theirs).
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Old 09-12-05, 02:08 PM
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Originally Posted by Ziggurat
black shoes, black socks

Nooo! Your socks' colour should match your pants. Black pants, black socks.
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Old 09-12-05, 02:26 PM
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I can't believe we're reading fashion tips from a group that spends large amounts of time outdoors in yellow spandex and plastic velcro-close shoes.
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Yeah...if you wanna look like a dork. Black pants, black shoes. Save the brown shoes for khakis. Oh yes...ditto on the belt/shoes...should match.

But whatever you do...don't wear white socks unless you are wearing athletic shoes!! Or white shoes...but why would you be wearing white shoes after Labor Day!? (or at all for that matter...this is not the 70's!)
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Originally Posted by va_cyclist
I can't believe we're reading fashion tips from a group that spends large amounts of time outdoors in yellow spandex and plastic velcro-close shoes.
A valid point.

Though I prefer black to yellow.
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I have to agree with Cycleprincess I like a well dressed man and if your not sure then ASK!!!
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I'm not a big fan of shoes being a lighter color than pants.

For more formal/business occassions, match socks to pants, but I like matching socks to shirt in social settings. Not that I do these things often, but there ya go
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Originally Posted by cycleprincess
But whatever you do...don't wear white socks unless you are wearing athletic shoes!! Or white shoes...but why would you be wearing white shoes after Labor Day!? (or at all for that matter...this is not the 70's!)
White shoes, white belt, and lime green pants. Ah Herb Tarlik fashion God
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Originally Posted by Yo-
Is it a fashion no no to pair those 2 together. I want this pair of brown shoes, but I don't have any brown pants to match it and I don't want to go buy some brown pants.
I often wear brown shoes with black trousers. The shoes are dark brown Stacy Adams dress shoes. I usually wear a brown belt with it.

But yeah, it's a fashion no-no. The black hides the chain dirt marks.
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