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Suit Shoes: How to Match your Toes to your Tweed

Shopping for suit shoes is often considered to be a straightforward endeavour. However, as any man who has tried to team black pants with tan loafers will tell you, coordinating your shoes to your suit is not always an easy task to execute, and when it goes wrong, it can leave you standing out like a sore thumb.

Suit etiquette has evolved across the years, allowing for an abundance of boundary-pushing colour combinations to make headway. However, there are still a few essential rules to follow if you want to avoid a dress code downfall at your next formal gathering.

Here at Rieker, we stock a stylish collection of formal suit shoes to choose from, and we know precisely how to pair them with your suit to keep you looking sharp –not silly – at your next big do. 

With this in mind, here’s our guide on what colour shoes you should wear with your suit for the ultimate refined masculine look.


Classic suit and shoe attire

The rules regarding what shoes to wear with a suit aren’t by any means black and white; however, there are a few solid pairings that will keep you in check. Before we delve into the specifics of style, colour and occasion, here are the three main pairings to stick by when choosing what shoes to wear with your suit.

1. Black suit, black shoes

A traditional classic, the black suit and shoe pairing provides effortless style with purposeful finesse. What’s more, black shoes are a versatile option and can be brought out time and time again for weddings, ceremonies and other formal events. 

2. Grey suit, brown shoes

The grey suit provides ample opportunity for experimentation with footwear and is a stylish selection for smart business attire and events that desire a more relaxed level of formality.

3. Navy suit, brown shoes

Though often underestimated as the safe in-between, the navy suit has a lot to bring to the table. Pairing this classic with the correct brown shoe will create an effortless style that you can dress up or down, depending on the occasion. 


A black suit is a traditional choice that radiates style and class – and every man should have one in his collection. Most often seen at cocktail events, the black suit demands the height of formality, so choosing the right pair of suit shoes is crucial.

When it comes to suit shoes, you might have heard that you should only select footwear as dark as your ensemble – and black sits at the very end of the spectrum, leaving little room for experimentation with shades and tones. 

Our collection of formal black shoes provides plenty of high-quality options to choose from, ranging from polished lace-ups and brogues to leather slip-ons. For a more traditional look –which black naturally inspires – we’d recommend a lace-up brogue or Oxford style shoe to elevate your attire effortlessly.

Of course, though not as conventional, the right shade of brown shoe can also create a trendsetting look when paired with your black waistcoat. If you’d like to push boundaries without colour-clashing at your next important gathering, we’d recommend sticking to a darker shade of brown or a deep red colour -- and avoid tan at all costs.


Available in a spectrum of shades, grey provides a blank canvas of opportunity that can be experimented on in various stylish manners. Black suit shoes can be paired with a grey ensemble for more formal events; however, for a more stand-out look, the brown shoe comes up trumps for this ensemble.

Marrying a brown shoe with a grey palette showcases sleek style and undeniable sophistication and is an excellent choice for weddings and office presentations alike.

Here at Rieker, we host an impressive range of men’s formal brown shoes to cater to your next event: Choose from leather and synthetic styles in various silhouettes. Whichever type you select, you can remain confident that you will be receiving a well-designed shoe that boasts comfort and class. 

If you’re looking for suit shoes to match a darker charcoal colour, we recommend formal black shoes for a well put-together look that won’t leave you feeling out of place. 


A navy suit is an excellent choice for both corporate events and weddings alike: Whether you opt for a warm or cool hue, you will enjoy a refined statement that boasts masculinity and class without being ostentatious. 

However, as with any suit and tie ensemble – the choice of your shoes can make or break your look.

Black shoes are an obvious choice, and if you’re looking for a classic look, this is a tasteful option for you. However, if you’d like to elevate your ensemble further and deliver a stylishly masculine look, we recommend a brown shoe. Pair your suit shoes with a matching belt to tie your outfit together for ultimate impact. 

If you’re not afraid to stand out from the crowd, add a quirky twist to the traditional navy by combining your blue attire with a red shoe. For an exquisite finish that will make a stylish statement, accessorise your look with a matching pocket square and tie.


There are numerous ways to wear a tweed suit, and you will find that this traditional option can be paired easily with whatever style takes your fancy, whether it’s a suede tan loafer or a polished black design.

Due to the versatility that tweed offers, you can experiment more freely with the style of your footwear. Whilst loafers and Oxfords provide seamless classic looks, you can also experiment with a Chelsea boot for a contemporary finish to your attire.

Our range of men’s Chelsea boots are available in a variety of shades and stitchings and are a sure-fire way to elevate your ensemble. 

By following these rules, you’ll be sure to deliver a refined, classy look at your next formal event. If you’re looking to dress for less formal attire, be sure to browse our entire men’s shoe range for your next footwear purchase.