April 25, 2014
It’s a question that comes up often – what are the best shoes to wear with navy clothes?
Well, men have, for generations, worn black shoes. Nobody would expect them to wear anything different; navy shoes worn with a navy suit would be inappropriate for most men in most business settings. I’ve never felt that there was anything wrong with women doing exactly the same thing…
Or you can thrown yourself into the project of finding navy shoes that work with your clothes. Generally speaking, I think this means looking for about the darkest navy you can find that doesn’t look like black. But then you’ve got to make sure that you keep your shoes together and that they don’t migrate into your black clothing outfits… Unless you want them to…
But there are other, more “out there”, but interesting, options. My favorite men, and menswear stores, have for a lot time been paring brown or cordovan (hard to find, but worth the trouble!) with navy. This approach is particularly great if you find really beautifully-made shoes that show the excellent quality of the leather.
An alternative that I always like, whenever shoe color becomes an issue, is to just find something beautifully metallic. While this might be pushing the dress code envelope in some offices, for many of us it is a great option to consider. This works very well if you always wear some signature jewelry in a particular metal! Just make sure you find a shoe with a muted and rich-looking metal finish – nothing too plastic or garish.
Never lose sight of the fact that you can match or tone your shoes to other parts of your ensemble – your blouse or shirt, under a suit, or to your accessories… and in the summer months, a carefully chosen pair of white shoes can go a long way. White shoes can look really cheap, so proceed with caution!