Black shoes have become uniform for most men. To wear brown is still, even in this day an age, seen as less smart, a sign that the wearer doesn’t mean business.
Let’s take a look at some of the situations where mens black shoes are essential. Don’t get left behind by donning brown and not black.
If you want to do business, you won’t aid your chances of success by wearing a pair of tan shoes with your suit. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that it’s cool, stylish or avant garde; it’s not.
The people who wear brown on business are making a faux pas – stick with black – or suffer the consequences.
Don’t be late, don’t underdress, don’t slouch in the chair, and don’t give a handshake like a limp biscuit. The first few seconds of an encounter with another human being are among the most important.
Under our sharp suits, we’re still cavemen and during those vital first moments of a job interview, your prospective employer is sizing you up. Inevitably, they’ll give your footwear the once over – wear black shoes because initial impressions count.
Along with bright garish ties, brown shoes at a funeral are an absolute no no. In recent years there has been a move towards wearing jaunty colours to celebrate the life of the deceased. This is not a trend with which to associate yourself.
Marking the death of a friend, relative or associate is about showing respect. A funeral is not a moment for levity; you’re in mourning – wear black shoes.
Can you imagine members of our armed forces being permitted to wear brown shoes or boots whilst on duty? For desert warfare, obviously, we make an exception.
In general, the only option for servicemen and women is black shoes or boots, polished to resemble mirrors. Turn up to the parade ground in brown boots and be prepared to be given your marching orders.
If you’ve been a naughty boy, the last thing you’ll want to do is antagonise those sitting in judgement of you. Brown shoes show that you’re not taking the charges seriously.
So if you’re determined to sport brown brogues, you’d best get your affairs in order; you’re going down son. Also, consider the consequences of entering one of Her Majesty’s prisons looking less than sharp – don’t show weakness – wear black.
Simply put: live by the gun, die by the gun – but wear brown shoes and you’ll be the first to lose… your life.