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Semi-Dress Shoes & Socks

How to Match Dark and Medium Brown Shoes

Take the style rule book and toss it today! Aaron Marino of alpha m. is attempting to convince you to abandon your style comfort zone and to get you off of the style sidelines in regard to brown shoes. What do you wear brown shoes with and what do they work with?

Black shoes pretty much go with everything. The black shoe's second cousion, the brown shoe, comes in many shades which causes difficulty for some. Alpha discusses dark brown and medium brown. Because of the varying degrees of brown, many men have challenges matching brown shoes to outfits.

Dark Brown Shoes

Alpha doesn't think that brown is a more casual option- it's more about the style of the shoe.Also, contrast is key to looking polished and put together.

  • The dark brown shoe is always appropriate for khaki pants, slacks, and suits. They are in the same color family but significant contrast in shades.
  • Dark brown also looks fantastic with jeans.
  • Dark brown looks fantastic with navy blue.
  • Pair dark brown with light and medium gray, which is popular. You're taking an ordinary gray suit and upping the style edge with the gray and brown pairing.
  • The dark charcoal suit doesn't look as good because the contrast is not as drastic.
  • We can all agree that dark brown and black doesn't not work!
  • Dark brown shoes and dark brown suit / pants looks odd because there's not enough contrast.


Medium Brown Shoes

Medium brown shoes are Alpha's go-to shoe when deciding what to pair with an outfit. These shoes work fantastic with all dark brown shoe pairings but better! It adds a bit more style sophistication, including with black. Alpha shares a picture his black suit with medium brown shoes as well as pictures from men's style resources. If you're brave enough, here are some rules and tips:

  • Match belt with shoes
  • Pull something else brown into the outfit: watch, sunglasses, tie, pocket square
  • This works with light brown and tan too

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March 4, 2013
So you are in the market for new dress shoes. You find a pair you dig but they are a bit stiff. They look amazing, and you think they'll be comfortable after they are *broken in*. Aaron Marino of alpha m. dispels the style myth about buying dress shoes: First find the tile area in the shoe store as carpet gives a false illusion about the comfort of the shoes. Next, bring a pair of dress socks to Read More»
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Pimpin' Python Snakeskin Shoes -
December 31, 2012
One of Alpha's favorite topics to talk about is shoes, and in this video, he discusses whether snakeskin shoes are tasteful or tacky. Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses the two groups of people who can wear snakeskin shoes: pimps and preachers. Related to the preacher, Aaron tells a story about speaking at a singles event in downtown Atlanta. Anyone else who wants to wear snakeskin shoes, the stylRead More»
Sock Falling Down | Men's Socks Drooping Around Ankle -
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Everything Shoelace -
December 11, 2012
Gentlemen, look at your shoes. Are they lace-ups? If so, are the laces the original laces the shoes came with, or did you replace them? Shoelaces don't seem to be significant enough to spend time or brain cells worrying about, but, no surprise, I'm here to tell you they are! Two skinny strands of fabric or leather; subtle shoelaces have the capability of making or breaking an outfit. Sounds crazy,Read More»
What to Wear with Tan Shoes -
December 11, 2012
Got an email from one of our viewers who bought a pair of these shoes. Aaron Marino of alpha m. says they are a form of cap toe shoes. Alpha immediately thinks of how these shoes would go with gray. This chestnut color also looks amazing with dark blue and navy. You can also pair with a matching belt and black. Play around and step outside of your comfort zone and style box. Read More»
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Allen Edmonds Aaron Marino of alpha m. just stumbled upon the most unbelievable shoe site he has ever seen. He cannot afford, so he's window shopping. The site has a blog in addition to the products. Check out the four examples that Aaron displays. As you can see that the shoes are gorgeous, and some are hand-crafted. Read More»
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Reference: Johnston & Murphy Gentleman, Aaron Marino of alpha m. is blown away with the good looking shoes and boots that Johnston & Murphy is offering this season. They have timelessly styled shoes and boots. Alpha shows examples. They are sexy and cost a bit more because of the high quality. The prices are around $195 - $395. Matching belts are also a perk with this company. They have gRead More»
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October 12, 2012
Check it out! NY City Fashion Week! Aaron Marino of alpha m. discusses the event and the Vogue Show. Aaron is excited that viewer, John, wore brown shoes with his black suit. He looked great with tailored perfection. He set himself apart stylistically. He stepped outside of the box with a fashion risk. Take it from John: wear light brown shoes with a black suit or black pants. It works incredibly Read More»

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