I wear Black or Brown Shoes?
stop staying awake worrying at night about what shoes
fashion question of all time, and one we are frequently asked.
Youre not alone in this dilemma. While wed like to
tell you to not worry about it and wear one of each, that would
indeed be a major fashion faux pas. As would advising you to go
barefoot always and only wear cheap flip flops whenever you see
a sign that proclaims, "no shoes, no shirt, no service."
Most of the
time, no matter what color you are wearing, if you bring an element
of black or brown into what you are wearing from the waist up,
you can wear any color of shoes. For instance, wear a belt or
a tie that has a color element similar to your shoes to pull them
If you are
wearing a black, charcoal, light gray or navy suit, black would
definitely be the best shoe color. On the other hand, lets
say youre wearing a yellow suit. Not that you ever would.
But, imagine that its Easter and the suit was a gift. Under
the yellow suit, and mind you... this is not blazing school bus
yellow we have in mind, its that lovely Easter pastel type
yellow. Like a baby chick. If you actually were wearing this slightly
pimp-like ensemble, the color wheel would recommend wearing brown
shoes, as the yellow spectrum is complimentary to brown. Chances
are good that youd probably be wearing a white shirt with
your spring outfit which would make wearing brown shoes a fine
choice because you dont own white dress shoes. Plus, your
wearing a tie that is white and brown.
evening, you decide to go out on the town. By now, youve
actually decided that you like the pale yellow suit. You decide
to wear it dancing, and you wear a black belt, skip the tie, your
new black shirt your black shoes. You look spiffy and strangers
buy you drinks.
is no firm guide on the subject of black shoes or brown shoes,
your best bet is to wear black shoes with dark colors and all
shades of gray. Brown with lighter colors and all shades of brown.
you go. A simple way to keep on track and know you're always looking
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