With a classic navy suit, there are plenty of ways to create the right ensemble. Unsure how to choose colors and match your shoes, belt, shirt, and tie in a way that compliments your navy suit? We’ve got you.
Wondering, “What Color Shoes with your Navy Suit?”
The answer has more options than you might think.
Whether you’re heading to a fancy event or walking down the aisle yourself, when you want to dress to impress, there’s nothing quite like a navy blue suit. It matches a plethora of colors, works in both a winter or summer setting, and always looks polished.
At Generation Tuxedo, we live and breath men’s formalwear— and that includes matching our signature suits with the right accessories. We’re here to help you siphon those choices down with some of the combinations our modern grooms have been rocking.
Don’t ask, ‘what color shoes go with a navy blue suit?’ That suggests that there’s only one shade to choose from when, in reality, there are a lot!
When you’re dressing to the nines, it’s important that your look is head-to-toe. No ratty shoes or clashing colors here, folks! It’s time to put your best foot forward. Though many colors of patterns will work with a navy suit, we’re going to walk you through our top picks.
Classic brown or black shoes are a natural choice for a classic navy suit and have been for many years. As a rule, navy suits look best with a lighter shade of brown, like tan. And as for black? Don’t listen to the people who say you can’t wear black with navy— it’s 2020, and plenty of style mavens break all sorts of fashion “rules” every day, from mixing patterns to wearing white after Labor Day. Black shoes look streamlined and elegant with navy formalwear.
If black or brown shoes will be walking you down the aisle, you’re probably outfitting your groomsmen as well. In order to give your party— and photos— a streamlined look, it’s important for everybody to be uniform. That means sticking to one shoe color, so nobody is the odd man out! You’ll have plenty of black and brown shoe choices to choose between. We like:
Sophisticated, understated, classic, and refined: a pair of black dress shoes will serve you well in your navy suit, as well as any other formalwear you rock throughout the year. They’re the perfect all-rounder.
This look works as well in a wedding as it does in an office building. These boots are versatile enough that they’ll work with other styles of menswear after your special event, as well.
Oxblood is one of our favorite shoe colors for formalwear. We simply love the dramatic look it creates with a navy suit. In a penny loafer, it looks sophisticated, but not stuffy.
For a more rustic formal look, a black chelsea boot makes a great partner to a navy suit. This combination works especially well for outdoor and cold-weather events.
Pairing a Navy Suit with Grey Shoes
When it comes to navy, grey is a classic combination. Together, they create a crisp and polished look that allows both colors to really pop. A few ideas?
This combination is especially striking with spring or summer occasions, where the wearer can lighten a traditional navy suit with warm-weather hues. The already oceanic color palette lends itself to a relaxed, beachy, yet formal vibe. Many modern grooms have even ditched socks to complete this look.
This shoe works in either light or deep grey and lends itself well to pale pink accessories like socks, suspenders, or ties. We love this look on groomsmen as well!
Oxfords are a great choice in any color, and grey is no exception. If you’re planning to go the sockless route, oxfords are a great pick.
White Shoes, Navy Suit: The Look
For a warm-weather event, white shoes pair beautifully with a navy suit. However, bear in mind that white shoes scuff and show damage easily. That being said, here are some great ways to wear them:
Back in the day, it would have been blasphemous to wear sneakers with suits, but as Bob Dylan predicted, times were a’changing. Today, there are loads of ways to shine in formalwear, and plenty of stylish men wear casual kicks with theirs. The key is to use a pristine white sneaker.
White boat shoes are a great statement accessory for a groom or best man. They are stylish, stand out in a crowd, and always look polished. Added bonus? They’re comfortable enough to dance the night away.
Rocking Metallic or Primary Colored Shoes
Want your formalwear to really pop? Step outside of tradition and try for a bright or metallic colored shoe to match your navy suit:
White isn’t the only option for a sneaker. Red and navy are a classic combination, and the leather sneaker is both fun and elegant.
Want a small pop of color, not an entire brightly-hued shoe? Look for a grey or blue shoe with a yellow sole. Your photographer will absolutely love this one!
For a glitzy shoe option, try a silver tennis shoe. It will look fantastic with navy blue and will be a showstopper for a groom or best man.
Shoes play a large role in your formal look, but it’s your tie that ends up in every single photograph! There are literally countless options for tie choices with formalwear, and navy matches a plethora of colors.
Of course, the tie colors that you choose will probably depend on other aspects, like your wedding’s color scheme, or what the bridesmaids’ dresses look like. This is why we send our grooms a selection of free swatches to help them match and plan their ensembles.
That being said, there isn’t just one “best tie color” to wear with navy formalwear— there are endless options! However, we are especially fond of a few.
Emerald is such a special color. We love it with any type of formalwear. It’s rich, luxurious, and instantly adds a taste of elegance to any look. Plus, we think it’s at its most magical with a navy blue suit. We recommend wearing a skinny emerald tie, that navy suit, and matching it with brown shoes.
One newer trend that’s caught our eye has been the monochrome look. For a navy blue suit, that means picking a shirt in the exact same shade of blue and then finishing that look with a black or white tie.
Creating a tie and shirt combination is an important part of the formalwear design process, and it’s the most fun! Whether you choose to go with a solid color or a pattern is up to you. There are so many options that there really is a look for every man. We have two favorites these days.
Paisley is one of our top pattern choices for ties, and we love matching it with navy blue suits. For this look, we advise a crisp white shirt, and an autumnal shaded paisley tie— think orange and gold. The result is sultry yet bright and cheery.
For a light and summer-ready look, a navy blue suit looks fantastic with pink and grey. We love to wear a pink shirt in the warmer months, and often pair it with a grey bowtie. A pattern can go well here, as well, but keep the colors basic.
Didn’t see your outfit idea on here? No problem. At Generation Tuxedo, we love to put creativity and imagination into formalwear, and plenty of men have come up with fashionable ideas that we hadn’t thought of yet. That’s why we created our service to be collaborative. Instead of one salesperson or tailor writing the rules, anyone renting with Generation Tux can work on their own time and terms to create their own look. Browse and select from our 21 tux styles and hundreds of matchable accessories, and have plenty of time to make sure the formalwear you put together is exactly what you want. This is the future of formalwear, and we’re proud to pioneer the movement.
Ready to learn more? Take a look at our handsome selection of suits and tuxedos, which are available for both rentals and to buy. Once you have your eye on your favorite piece of 100% merino wool formalwear, you can take a browse our accessories. We have everything from socks and shoes to ties, vests, cummerbunds, shirts, and everything else you need to look like a million bucks on a special day. Best of all, we’re entirely digital! There’s no need to check if we have a location in your area, wait in lines, or battle crowds at a store. We’re here to work on your terms—it’s what we do best!
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