What Colour Shoes Should You Wear With Your Suit?

Now that you have chosen your new suit or created a capsule suit collection to wear in rotation, you may be wondering what colour shoes you should have in your wardrobe to complement each one.

This is a common question, and we’re here to help. After all, it all comes down to the details when putting together a polished and slick formal outfit.

Choosing the right colour shoes to match your suit will help to pull your entire look together in a stylish and cohesive way. The wrong colour shoes can have the opposite effect and make your formalwear outfit look jarring and off-balance. 

So, whether you own a blue check suit, all-black, or a grey double-breasted option, there is always a complementary pair of shoes to match.

What colour shoes should you wear with a tweed suit?


Tweed suits offer a timeless vintage aesthetic and are available in various shades from chestnut brown to navy blue and olive green. A classic brown shoe in a brogue style will compliment them in all of the aforementioned colours.

And what about grey tweed suits?

A black shoe will work best if you have a dark grey tweed suit. Alternatively, a brown shoe will work best if you have a light grey one.

Related: How to style a tweed suit

What shoes would go best with a black suit?

A black suit is a classic style that every man should have in their wardrobe. However, they typically only work with black shoes for a contemporary and considered look.

Depending on the occasion, whether it be a business event or a special occasion such as a wedding, you may choose to complement your suit with shoes that include extra interest, such as brogues or loafers in a matte, velvet or patent leather finish. 

What to pair with a navy or blue suit?

Various shoe colours work well if you have a blue or navy suit. For example, you can wear black, brown, or burgundy shoes for a contrasting tonal vibe.

When wearing a grey suit, which shoes would go best?

The precise shade of grey will determine which shoe colour will look best with your suit. For example, black shoes will be your best option if you have a dark grey suit and you can wear black or brown shoes if you opt for light grey.

How about pairing shoes with a white, cream or taupe suit?

We recommend pairing light brown or white shoes with any light cream, taupe or white colour suit. By sticking to a light, tonal colour palette, you are avoiding any harsh contrast between your suit and your shoes which will look unbalanced and clunky.

How to match your shoes with your suit

  • Black suit = black shoes.
  • Navy suit = black, brown or burgundy/oxblood shoes.
  • White suit = brown or white shoes.
  • Grey suit = black or dark brown shoes.

If you’re looking for a pair of stylish and hard-wearing leather shoes or faux leather shoes, here at XPOSED London, we have you covered with our fantastic range. It includes staple styles such as timeless brogues, monk straps, shoes, tasselled loafers and much more.