Brown and Grey?
People always ask me, "If I wear grey slacks does that mean I have to wear black shoes."
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The only thing you HAVE to wear black shoes with, is black. On a side note, more of the trend setting individuals over in Italy are donning the brown shoes with black suits, but take note...America isn't quite ready for that one.
If you have a grey suit or grey slacks on, absolutely lace up the brown kicks throw on the brown belt and rock it- its a fantastic look.
To be on the safe side, there is only one guideline to follow; If the grey is a dark charcoal, wear a darker brown. As the pant gets medium grey to light grey wear a lighter colored brown shoe. The dark brown shoe can go any which way without conflict, you might want to refrain from wearing the walnut brown with the dark charcoal as it gets close to the black and brown conundrum.
Darker the grey- darker the brown. Lighter the grey- lighter the brown.
Also, if your shoes look anything like these (below) don't wear them with a suit!!! (and you might just think about throwing them out ASAP)