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What Colour Shoes To Wear With A Blue Suit?

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Friday, 9th March, 2018

What colour shoes to wear with a blue suit

Today’s fashion question is a pretty good one. What colour shoes should you wear with a blue suit?

A lot of guys who buy their first suit opt for a black one, thinking that it’s the best colour because black will go everywhere. However most stylists and people who are into fashion and menswear disagree, and think that if you’re buying your first suit, it should be a blue or grey one.

In terms of when you’re going to wear a suit, black could be the obvious colour to go for. However it is a cold colour, and isn’t something which you’ll get much wear out of. In fact, you’ll probably only want to wear it to an occasion such as a funeral or other occasions where it’s strictly required).

If you’re buying your first suit or wearing one in general, the best colours to go for would be shades of grey or blue. In this particular article, we’re looking at the blue suit.

A blue suit is a brilliant colour, in particular the darker shades, such as midnight blue and navy. It’s so versatile, and can be worn for almost any occasion – From a day out at the races, weddings and every smart occasion.

So with that said, you might be wondering what colour shoes you should wear with your blue suit. Here’s the answer.

I have taken a few pairs of my own shoes and took some photos so you can see what each colour looks like, so you can see what colours shoes work with a navy suit.

Here’s how they look, and my thoughts.

Black, Tan, Brown Shoes With Blue Suit

Black Shoes

My black shoes are Derby shoes, but they could be Oxford or Brogues, you’d still get the same colour palette.

I think that the black and navy tones work well, they keep the overall outfit dark and sleek. Black shoes work with most outfits, whether it’s a black or blue suit, smart jeans and virtually anything. It’s a good colour to pick if you’re going for some new shoes.

Wearing a blue suit with brown shoes works well for most occasions.

Brown Shoes

I think that brown shoes work well with a blue suit, and it’s a colour which is going to be more noticeable. This goes for tan too.

My shoes are brown brogues, and I think that they work really well with this colour suit. Brogues are more informal to derby and Oxford shoes, but they still look smart, and I think that this colour works well. If you want your shoes to do the talking, this colour will do that.

You could wear a blue suit with brown shoes to a wedding, to the races or any other occasion. Brown shoes go with a blue suit, you will look the part wearing these two colours together.

Grey Shoes

I have a pair of suede grey derby shoes, so I thought that I’d also throw that into the mix.

I really love this colour, and usually wear these with jeans. The grey suede works fine with blue and black denim, and I think that this style and colour works equally as well with a blue suit.

Blue Suit Blue Shoes

Blue Shoes

Can you wear blue shoes with a blue suit? A while back I tried it out a smart casual style of “many shades of blue”, with a pair of blue chino trousers with a blue shirt and blue jacket.

I have a pair of blue suede shoes which I really like, so wanted to check out how this would look.

I think for a smart-casual look this is fine, so even though that blue shoes are not the typical shoes that you’ll have in your wardrobe, if you do, they don’t look bad at all.

As you’ll know, there’s a lot of different men’s shoes styles which you can wear, and getting that right along with the colour is key.


As you can see, so many colours work well with a blue suit. You can keep things streamline and go for a pair of black shoes, or have something which stands out a little by wearing a pair of brown or tan shoes.

These are possibly the two best colours you can opt for, but as seen there’s other options too.

Darker reds such as burgundy and oxblood will work well too, but you should probably avoid anything too striking, such as white or bright colours.

You should already own a pair which work, and if you’re looking to invest in a pair, there’s plenty of good options out there.

Michael Adams

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Michael Adams is the founder and editor of Michael 84, blogger and T-shirt designer from Newcastle, UK. Sharing men's fashion tips, style advice and lifestyle information for all guys.

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