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The Masters Guide to Buying Custom Shoes

10th May 2023

The art of choosing the perfect shoe to complement a suit is a nuanced and complex endeavour. It requires a keen eye for detail and a deep understanding of the subtleties of style. But this labyrinth of choices does not have to be so daunting as this guide can help you find the perfect pair of shoes to go with any suit.

Firstly, it's important to consider the colour of your suit. Black, navy, and grey are the most common suit colours, and each requires a different type of shoe. For black suits, a classic black leather Oxford or Derby shoe is the safest and most elegant option. For navy suits, a brown or burgundy leather shoe can add a touch of sophistication and depth to the look. For grey suits, a versatile tan or light brown shoe can add a touch of contrast and interest to the outfit. If you are looking to develop a capsule or versatile wardrobe, investing in some good custom dress shoes (one black and one brown) will go a long way.

Secondly, consider the style of your outfit. A classic, conservative suit may call for a more traditional and understated shoe, while a trendier suit may call for a shoe with a bit more personality and flair. For example, a traditional pinstripe suit may pair well with a sleek black leather Oxford, while a bold and colourful plaid suit may go well with a more daring and unique shoe, such as a suede monk strap or a patterned loafer.

Thirdly, consider the formality of the occasion. A formal wedding or business meeting may require a more classic and understated shoe, while a less formal event may allow for a more casual and playful shoe. Wil Valor’s custom sneakers are clean and comfortable but still stylish and elevated. They are a fantastic choice to wear with suits and sports jackets, especially for days you are on your feet more and for casual occasions. It's important to remember, though, that the shoe should always complement the outfit and not detract from it.

Lastly, consider the fit and comfort of the shoe. A good dress shoe should fit snugly but not be too tight and should allow enough room in the toe box to wiggle your toes comfortably. It's important to invest in a high-quality shoe that will last for years and provide both style and comfort – custom is the best way to achieve this.

In conclusion, choosing the perfect shoe to go with your suit requires careful consideration of the colour, style, formality, fit, and comfort of the shoe. Take your time to explore different options and find the shoe/s that speaks to your individual style and personality because the perfect shoe can elevate your confidence and style to new heights.

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