You’re at a friend’s wedding and you spot a guy dressed in a decent suit, his tie to match and his shirt is perfectly ironed… then you spot his shoes and something’s just not quite right. They’re clean, buffed up to a nice shine, but they just don’t work. Nine out of ten times it’s because the colour doesn’t match the suit and this can really change up the look of the outfit.
While it’s tempting to keep your tried and true leather oxfords and brogues through all four seasons, there are some seriously stylish – and far more seasonal options – that will be a much better fit. We’re going to give you the low-down on the do’s and don’ts of summer suit shoes…
All Black Everything
Any shoe colour other than black is going to look too casual with a black suit. This is why most guys opt for charcoal grey or navy blue as an everyday-suit option. The moral of the story here is black suit, black shoes.
In the Navy
Navy is a much more versatile suit colour than black, allowing you to match it with a wider range of coloured shoes. There aren’t really any shoes that won’t go with a navy suit. A blue suit and brown shoes combination gives a light, summer-friendly look, but burgundy, tan and black shoes with a navy blue suit will work just as well. It’s just a matter of what style you prefer.
Dress Down to Dress Up
Last, try a pair of clean, white trainers. It’s understandable to be resistant to the trainer/suit combo, but a pair of white trainers and a summer suit is by far the most universally accepted way to do it without breaking too many dress codes (although obviously not for a wedding or formal function). As long as you don’t try it in a strict dress code, you’ll surprise yourself with just how sharp a pair of trainers can look with a tailored outfit. It’s a surprisingly versatile look, dressy enough for a lunch with a client, or casual enough to take to brunch on a weekend.
TOMMY HILFIGER WHITE FLAG TRAINERS – £54.95
So don’t be “that man” at the wedding. Now you’re summer ready, make sure your shoes are too!