In case you care, my two favorite colors of dress shoes to wear are brown suede and burgundy (or oxblood). For today let’s dwell on the latter. Here in the states burgundy is the most under-utilized shoe color. Which partially as a result when it is worn it gives the wearer a bit more style and panache. And oddly enough, I think burgundy is worn more here in the States then from what I have seen in Europe.
So naturally, the question of what to wear with burgundy shoes arises. It goes with just as many, if not more colors than brown. Black, grey, navy, brown and tan are all fair game. Regarding formality, burgundy is less formal than black but on par with brown. I have heard some say that burgundy looks best in cordovan, but I strongly disagree. The calf shoes pictured have developed a beautiful patina over the past few years and will continue to do so over the coming years. So next time you go to enlarge your shoe selection (or collection), do not overlook burgundy, for it has its benefits…
Justin L Jeffers