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#1 ~Nic~

Posted 20 November 2019 - 06:21 PM

In the process of buying a suit for DS's year 10 formal... hadn't really thought too hard about shoes, figured I could go to any shoe shop and find a pair of black dress shoes, then found the suit that he wants with brown shoes, and I'm surprised by how much I like it. DS, being a 15yo boy, doesn't give a crap either way - just wants a charcoal suit.

What's the general consensus with shoes?? Black, or brown?

This is the suit... https://www.theiconi...ket-543861.html


#2 Mands09

Posted 20 November 2019 - 06:51 PM

Brown shoes and belt. My DH only wears black shoes with black suits.

#3 Ruf~Feral~es

Posted 20 November 2019 - 06:52 PM

I would have thought black with a charcoal suit, but that looks really good!

#4 Druidmom

Posted 20 November 2019 - 06:53 PM


#5 ~Jolly_F~

Posted 20 November 2019 - 06:57 PM

Brown is on trend... black is old school!

#6 EsmeLennox

Posted 20 November 2019 - 06:58 PM

Brown and grey doesn’t work for me...so I’d say black.

#7 No girls here

Posted 20 November 2019 - 07:08 PM

I've noticed a lot of brown shoes in the formal photos I've seen on facebook in the last couple of weeks.

#8 BusbyWilkes

Posted 20 November 2019 - 07:23 PM

Brown shoes are on trend. Would def do brown with blue/navy suit. That charcoal looks like it has a blueish tone rather than blackish, so brown should be fine.

And he's happy with brown, which is the main thing!

#9 PrincessPeach

Posted 20 November 2019 - 07:30 PM

DH normally wears black shoes with his charcoal suit, his brown shoes look wrong, but the suit in the photo is more a blue/black than a grey/black (if that makes any sense) so brown certainly works.

#10 Froyohoho

Posted 20 November 2019 - 07:37 PM

I'm also not a fan of brown and grey. I'd definitely go black.

#11 Milly Molly Mandy

Posted 20 November 2019 - 07:41 PM

My son's is tomorrow night. He has a navy suit and is wearing a brown belt and shoes.

#12 got my tinsel on

Posted 20 November 2019 - 07:48 PM

It looks good with brown shoes BUT...

with brown shoes it doesn't look like a formal suit to me, it looks like a business suit for wearing to the office 9-5.

I would go black shoes with that suit for a formal occasion.

#13 LightPink

Posted 20 November 2019 - 08:05 PM

Black shoes & belt with a charcoal suit, especially for formal wear. Brown might be in trend but that doesn’t mean it’s the best look.

#14 Dianalynch

Posted 20 November 2019 - 08:20 PM


#15 JingleBlitzenBalls

Posted 20 November 2019 - 08:54 PM

DS has his formal tonigh. He has a dark charcoal suit / Burgandy shirt / Light grey vest.

And Brown ( well dark to red) shoes + belt.

He looked gorgeous (even if I do say so myself :wub:  )

Its very very on trend right now.

We got all our gear from Tarocash. I was super impressed as the shoes only cost me $50.

The super weird thing is that they dont actually tie bunny ears when they lace them.  They do the 'skater' thing and pull tight and tuck them in the shoe

So my vote is brown.

this is close to the colour DS has. https://arthurknight...hite-shoes.html

#16 dadwasathome

Posted 21 November 2019 - 07:14 AM

I'd wear black with charcoal. Brown seems to work with navy for the young ones. DS16 wears black with his purple suit.

#17 Jersey Caramel

Posted 21 November 2019 - 08:14 AM

I'd go with whichever colour shoes you think he might get the most use out of,  which I suspect would be brown as they are a bit more on trend at the moment.  Brown can more likely be paired with smart jeans, chinos etc. I hate buying things for a one-off wear,  so would rather get whatever is most versatile.

#18 YodaTheWrinkledOne

Posted 21 November 2019 - 09:11 AM

brown with charcoal doesn't work for me, unless it was a dark dark DARK brown.

If you can't get dark dark DARK brown, I'd go black shoes - with socks!!!

#19 Gudrun

Posted 21 November 2019 - 09:42 AM


#20 hills mum bec

Posted 21 November 2019 - 09:51 AM

Brown shoes are the new black.  My DH wears business suits for work and he has a couple of brown shoes that he wears with them.  Come to think of it, all the men that I work with wear business suits and they all wear brown shoes too.  Black shoes only if wearing a black suit.

#21 **Xena**

Posted 21 November 2019 - 10:36 AM

I love Charcoal and brown leather. I have a charcoal sofa with a brown leather chair :D

#22 froglett

Posted 21 November 2019 - 10:49 AM

The charcoal looks like it's got a blue undertone in those pictures (more blue/grey than what I'd call a true charcoal).

Black and blue looks like a bruise, so I'd go the brown.

#23 lozoodle

Posted 21 November 2019 - 10:59 AM

Brown. Black and grey is a no no.

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