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What Color Shoes Should I Wear with an Off-white Suit

We recently got a question from one of our readers asking what color shoes should be worn with an off-white suit. Since we do sell off-white suits every now and then at SuitUpp,like this Sean John beige suit with brown pinstripes, we thought this was a very relevant question 🙂

The answer is that you can wear light brown or even white dress shoes depending on the color of suit and whether the occasion is formal or more casual (white for casual and light brown for formal). As you can see in the picture above, our SuitUpp model is wearing light brown shoes (for a more formal look). If you have another color suit and are trying to decide what type of shoes to wear, consider this guide on what type of shoes to wear (another blog post from us).



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Matching Your Belt and Shoes. How Closely do they have to Match?

Take a look at all of the photoshoots that we’ve done here at SuitUpp… You’ll notice that in all pictures, we’ve made sure that our models’ belts and shoes match. If they didn’t, it would practically be blasphemy. For women, it’s the purse and shoes that need to match… and for men, of course, it’s the belt and shoes:

Now, the question is, how closely do these two items of clothing need to match anyway? The truth is that they do not need to be an exact match. When we say they should match, what we mean is that you shouldn’t wear brown with black or you shouldn’t wear white with brown – i.e. they shouldn’t be obviously mismatched. As a matter of fact, you could even wear brown and black together – assuming that both items of clothing were dark enough to be mostly indistinguishable. So, there you have it… you don’t need to obsess about extreme matches. This should give you some flexibility as to what things you can throw together to portray an interesting look 🙂

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What Shoes to Wear at a Beach Wedding in Mexico – Wedding Attire.

One of our readers recently emailed us asking: “My son plans on wearing a white cotton poplin suit 2 button suit for his beach wedding in Mexico.  While the wedding itself is on the sand and he will be barefoot, the reception will be held at a villa on a hill and will include a seated dinner and dancing.  What shoes would you suggest?  Must they be lace up dress shoes or are any type of loafer/slip on ok?”

First of all, let us start off by saying… fun, fun, fun! 🙂 Wish we were there! To answer this question simply, as the occasion is formal, lace up shoes are preferable (they always are in formal settings – especially since the reception is indoors).  We recently wrote a blog post about what shoes to wear for different occasions that touched on this:

For more formal occasions, go for lace-up shoes rather than slip ons. Closed laced shoes are also preferred over open laced shoes.If you’re wondering what the difference is, closed laces are what you call shoes that have a V shape where they get tied together. Open lace shoes have more of a parallel shape where they are tied together.

Remember that when you are wearing dressy shoes, the laces should be tied horizontally as opposed to the criss-cross pattern most commonly associated with athletic shoes.”

Hope this helps! 🙂

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Can Men Wear White Shoes with a Suit or Other Clothing?

During the last photo-shoot that we held at SuitUpp, one of our models showed up with white shoes. Not just any white shoes, but really, really white shoes (see picture below). Now, as we men of fashion know, as long as you are wearing white between memorial day and labor day, it’s generally ok – or at least, it’s not blasphemous. model with white shoes

Our good model friend, though, did remember the #1 matching rule when it comes to shoes – your shoes and belt have to match. We talked about this in a post where we talked about men’s fashion tips on shoes and belts and it seems that the rule was followed as shown in the picture below – we hope this means that he reads our blog 🙂

man wearing white shoes with white belt

Ok, so his shoes and belt match and he’s wearing these white shoes during summer time. Is that all there is to wearing white shoes? If your answer was “no”, you’re on to something. The reality about the color white, whether its for shoes or whether it’s for your suit jacket is that it will draw attention. It’ll draw attention from girls and it’ll draw attention from guys. We noticed this at the shoot. Virtually all of our crew – from camera men, to the director, to the other models… all of them reacted by making some sort of a remark about the shoes: ranging from “wow, you’re wearing white shoes” to “what the …” – pardon the expression.

Now, without having to go through how our friend here reacted to these comments, it is important that if you’re planning on wearing white that you are ready for it. If you have the right attitude and the confidence necessary, you’ll be a master of fashion. If you get intimidated by comments that come your way, then you’re going to dread the color for some time to come. Wearing white is a very unique experience and we commend all who have mastered it.

We’d love to hear your stories on wearing white. Do drop me a line at and I’d be happy to post about your experiences as well!


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Men’s Shoes 101 – What type of Shoes to Wear with your Suit

We’ve talked about shoes before at SuitUpp. It’s important that your shoes and belt go together; but, is that all you need to know about shoes? As you might’ve guessed, there are a few more things that need to be considered. In this post, we’ll talk about different types of men’s shoes and what to wear when you are wearing a suit.

Some General Tips To Consider when choosing your Shoes:


Depending on the color of your suit, you will want to wear different color shoes. Specifically, if you are wearing a black, navy, or gray suit, black shoes are the way to go. Brown shoes go well with tan suits and some shades of navy. In general, black shoes do go with more suit colors and appear more formal than their brown counterparts.


For more formal occasions, go for lace-up shoes rather than slip ons. Closed laced shoes are also preferred over open laced shoes.If you’re wondering what the difference is, closed laces are what you call shoes that have a V shape where they get tied together. Open lace shoes have more of a parallel shape where they are tied together.

Remember that when you are wearing dressy shoes, the laces should be tied horizontally as opposed to the criss-cross pattern most commonly associated with athletic shoes.


Try to choose smooth and shiny leather shoes over Suede and nubuck. The latter type is considered to be less formal.


Leather soled shoes are always preferred over rubber soled shoes. Remember, you can always repair the soles of your shoes if they need it.


Try to wear thin socks that match the color of your trousers. If you are wearing a tan suit, your socks should match the color of your shoes.

So what type of shoes are there?

The Oxford Dress Shoe:
The gold standard of dress shoes, the Oxford features round toes, usually with a cap, and closed lacing. Plain cap-toe Oxfords are the most formal option for business wear, and can do double-duty as formal shoes.  Oxfords with broguing along the cap’s edge, or trimming the uppers, are still formal enough for a worsted wool suit; ‘full brogues’ are more appropriate with tweed or flannel. If you own one pair of dress shoes, they should be black Oxfords; Allen-Edmonds Park Avenue’s, made in the United States, are an irreproachable selection and well worth their price.
The Wingtip Dress Shoe
The wing-tip, with a brogued cap coming to a point at the center of the top curving back and down along the sides, is suit-level in black and business casual in brown. In the United States, it is associated by many with Ronald Reagan and the eighties in general, and in any country it is going to draw some attention to itself. This is not necessarily a bad thing, of course, but it does reduce the shoe’s potential for frequent wear: while you might wear the same pair of brown Oxford’s three days a week without anyone noticing, the man who wears wing-tips more than weekly risks having them integrated into his reputation.
The Derby and Blucher
The derby is similar in shape to the Oxford, but bears open lacing. It is still appropriate for wear with a suit, and supports a khakis-and-blazer look more naturally than the Oxford. The blucher is a slightly sleeker open-laced shoe of similar versatility. Plain or with a brogued cap, these dress shoes will match a suit in formality; with more decoration they carry a blazer well. In suede, rather than smooth leather, these are among the best shoes to wear with jeans or khakis.
Dress boots bring some ruggedness to dress footwear, making them a worthy option in the winter. In addition, their slip on and off feature along with superior comfort make them a favorite among travelers and those not requiring the formality of the oxford. In the same family, but of a more regional nature, is the cowboy boot. Although men like former Texas congressional representative Charlie Wilson could pull this off, most men might want to skip on this unless they are an oil magnate.
Loafer and Monkstrap
Slip-on shoes are casual by nature. Those appropriate for business casual wear include bit loafers, with a mettle link across the middle; monkstraps, with a buckle closure; and penny loafers, with a slotted leather band across the top. Tassel loafers, which are exactly what they sound like, are accepted as business formal in some circles while relegated to weekend wear in others.
White Bucks
White bucks are Oxfords made of white buckskin, a rough leather than in reality is not exactly white. They are the traditional companion to the seersucker suit, and equally complement such summer fabrics as tan gabardine and white linen. Thus, they could be called professional between Memorial Day and Labor Day, or during whatever one considers summer.
Black Tie Dress Shoes
Patent leather Oxfords are the most formal of men’s shoes; they are standard with a tuxedo, and clash with most everything else. Opera pumps, shiny black slippers with a bow on top, are another option for formal wear.

The Oxford Dress Shoe

Oxford shoes are probably the most popular type of dress shoes. Any man should have at least one pair of black Oxfords. Round toes, a cap, and closed lacing are the characterizing elements of this type of shoe.

The Wingtip Dress Shoe

Wingtips are generally known for the W that is formed at the tip of the shoe. This type of shoe also comes with a brogued cap.

The Derby and Blucher

The Derby and the Oxford are similar. The main difference is that the Oxford is closed-laced whereas the Derby is open-laced. This type of shoe goes really well with a blazer.


If you live in a cold climate or see snow often, you’ll want to invest in a pair of dress boots. Boots generally do give you a more rugged look.

Loafer and Monkstrap

Loafers and slip ons are more casual dress shoes. They are generally acceptable attire for business; however, they are not the best choice for a formal event.

White Bucks

White Bucks are like Oxfords – except that they are made of white buckskin. These shoes are generally flashy and are more commonly worn during the summer months.


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