Style Guide: How to Match Colors for Suits & Shoes

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Published October 9, 2014

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Models Callum Ball and Tarun Nijjer for Burberry Fall/Winter 2014 Campaign

What shoe color goes with a blue suit? If you find yourself asking this question in some fashion, we have a simple style guide for you. Bringing together men’s designer suits and luxury footwear from Mr Porter, we lay out a standard guide to matching colors for suiting and footwear. Once you have these basics down, it’s time to have a little more fun with your wardrobe. And for a final takeaway to keep in mind? Two pairs of shoes, one in brown and one in black will get you far.

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Band of Outsiders Houndstooth Suit

What Color of Shoes go with a Light Gray Suit? For your light gray suits, you can go with a light brown leather (think of the warmer hues) or a traditional and easy black shoe.

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Charles Leather Oxford Brogues
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Richard James Blue Suit

What Color of Shoes go with a Blue Suit? Although a black shoe may work, why not embrace a classic color combination by pairing your stunning blue suit with a pair of brown leather dress shoes. You want to aim for a brown that is more medium than it is warm.

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Grenson Stanley Leather Wingtip Brogues
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Kilgour Navy Wool Suit

What Color of Shoes go with a Blue Suit? A classic navy suit works great with a pair of black dress shoes or their dark brown leather counterpart.

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Dundee Pebble Grain Derby Shoes
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Saint Laurent Suit

What Color of Shoes go with a Gray Charcoal Suit? As always, you can play it safe with a smart pair of black shoes, but charcoal is also forgiving enough to mix it up with a dark brown shoe option as pictured with the blue suit above.

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Dolce & Gabbana Leather Oxford Shoes
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Paul Smith Slim-Fit Black Suit

What Color of Shoes go with a Black Suit? With a standard black suit, the footwear style options are limitless but a great start is the traditional black, a dark brown or a fun play on colors like Tod’s dark red and black brogues as pictured below.

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Tod’s Leather Brogues

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