Don't be afraid to wear mid- or dark-brown shoes with a navy suit. (My preference is for dark-brown, but then, being an Italian, I would say that.) The fashion for wearing tan-coloured shoes with dark suits has now (thankfully) passed. I once succumbed myself; I now wince when I see it.
One of my favourite combinations, particularly with a blue flannel or saxony suit, is to pair it with tobacco-brown reverse-calf shoes, my favourite being a pair of cap-toed side-gussetted RLPL.
Black is acceptable, but I wear black shoes only when absolutely required. I generally wear mid to dark browns with everything. I don't have any real oxbloods but these could work depending on just how red they are.
I recently had someone comment to me that my burgundy shoes that I was wearing with a navy blue suit were too "bright" ( how can burgundy be bright!). He felt strongly that I should have had black shoes only on with a suit.
Such conservative opinions aside I prefer either burgundy or for conservative occasions black with navy suits.
Some would argue the black would be more formal, worn to a job interview for example. I think you should wear whatever you feel works best with that particular suit. Black is safe, but played out in my opinion
I dont play by the rules . . . normally I would prefer to find navy shoes that match the suit, if not then go with black. However if the shirt/tie has some earth tones in it then I would go with red/brown.
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