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What Colour Shoes To Wear With A Blue Suit?

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 one.

In terms of when you’re going to wear a suit, black is obviously a versatile colour. It can be worn to dinner, formal occasions such as a wedding, a funeral, or just when you want to look smart. However black is seen as quite a cold colour to wear, obviously because of how dark it is.

The two main alternatives are grey and blue, and I think that blue is a brilliant colour for a suit, especially the darker shades such as midnight blue and navy.

A blue suit is also versatile when it comes to the occasions you can wear it. It’s an all season colour, and it will look great at most formal events, other than something strictly black tie, or where traditionally black is worn.

Weddings in the Summer or other seasons, evenings out and other times you need to look sharp, a blue suit will be your friend. There’s a lot of different colours you can wear with this in terms of a shirt too, as well as shoes, which is what this is all about.

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 blue 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.

Brown/Tan Shoes

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

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 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, you should have a read of the shoes every man should own guide, to make sure you’re covered in the footwear department. You can find more fashion tips on the blog if you’re looking for style advice, you’ll find more features and articles on what to wear and how to look your best.

Which colour shoes do you think work best with a blue suit?

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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