Michael B. Jordan in Z Zegna at the CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards

Posted on March 28, 2014


We feel bad criticizing a guy who gets it right so often and puts so much effort in, but you know? We think we’ll get over it. We’ll be fine.



Michae;-B-Jordan-Z-Zegna-CinemaCon-Big-Screen-Achievement-Awards-Tom-Lorenzo-Site-TLO (1)Michael B Jordan attends The CinemaCon Big Screen Achievement Awards at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada in a Z Zegna suit paired with a white shirt, red tie, and Christian Louboutin shoes.

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As gorgeous as those shoes are – and they’re positively drool-worthy – we just can’t sign off on that shade of brown with dark a shade of gray or near-black. There are a lot of opinions out there about the brown shoe in menswear and we wouldn’t try to stake a claim on any one rule ourselves. Generally, we think you can wear brown with gray and blue suits, but the brown in the shoe can’t be lighter in tone than the blue or gray of the suit. That’s our take. There are plenty of others. Our take pretty much doesn’t allow for brown shoes to be worn with black or near-black suits at all, but that’s a sacrifice we’re willing to make, darlings. A line must be drawn.

He, of course, looks beautiful, regardless of his shoe choice.



[Photo Credit: Michael Buckner/Getty Images]

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  • BlairBear

    I think the shoes make the suit and shoes pop. I love the contrast. Surprised the shoes have so much heel though.

    • Stacey Summerville

      I agree! Lurve the combo of the shoes with the suit.

      • BlairBear

        Yay I’m not alone!

    • Jacob Bowen

      I would LOVE shoes with that much heel! It would make me over 6 feet and I would be SO happy!

      • BlairBear

        I’m sure they are super affordable 😉

      • demidaemon

        *gives major sideeye* These would make me about 5′ 4″, max.

  • Glam Dixie

    I don’t like it. He may as well be holding a sign that says, “Hey, look at my feet!”.

    • Jessica Freeman

      …they also look like tap shoes.

    • Christine Hart

      But I think that’s the point, sometimes you do want to highlight the shoes.

  • SewSophie

    The shoes are making his legs look really skinny.

    • Ms. Schmidt

      The shoe/skinny pant combo is making his legs look skinny and then his feet look looooong and narrow. It’s distracting when you do more than just glance at the pictures. The shoes are TDF, though I agree they should be darker.

  • Sophia Finfer

    He can wear whatever shoes he likes, I’ll be too busy looking at his beautiful adorable face to notice.

  • In_Stitches

    That suit is comically small. The jacket is a solid 4″ too narrow; you can see his shoulders pushing out the sleeves. The pants? If you can tell the someone is knock-kneed while they’re wearing pants, that pants are too tight.

    • Sara P.

      His suits are always too narrow in the shoulders, it irritates me every time.

      • luluransom

        Me too! Just because you can put it on doesn’t mean it fits.

    • Aurumgirl

      I agree. The shoulder padding shouldn’t stop inches before your actual shoulders do. And oxblood shoes would have been gorgeous here.

    • kimmeister

      I’m like a broken record for commenting on it every time, so I’m glad you did it for me. He clearly likes a slim cut jacket but has not learned the fundamental rule of buying clothes: get the size that fits the largest part of you, and then tailor the rest in.

  • Jessica Freeman

    A whopping hell no to those shoes. That is the wrong color brown. Period.

    • Lower L

      He can save them to wear during the summer with a white linen suit a la Bruce Willis.

  • I don’t like the shiny tie.

    • Alyssa

      Me neither…the way the light caught it, it looks like it has a stain.

  • Courtenay P

    too busy drooling over the shoes to worry about the rest of it.

  • I not only think the shoes are wrong for the look, I also don’t like them. What is it with male stars’ dress shoes having such high heels? Are they all wearing lifts? None of my dress shoes look like that.

  • Danielle

    He can still get the business. Suits come off, you know!

  • DaveUWSNYC

    I wish the skinny-pant/jean trend would fade…they make shoes look like canoes. Longing for the flares of my youth to return…

  • moppet

    I’m torn with this guy, because part of me thinks he looks the way my toddler son will look like when he grows up. Such a sweet face, smooth skin, mile-long eyelashes.

    And then, another part of me wants to date him. Stop toying with my heart MBJ!

    Oh, and yeah I agree the suit is too small. You can see the curve of his upper shoulder muscles.

  • decormaven

    Aww, he loves those shoes and just wanted to wear them. We’ve all done that. They are mighty fine, as is he.

  • Stefanie Argudo Mackenzie

    Suit is too small, badly fitted, shoes don’t go with the suit, and WHY is he wearing textured Naugahyde around his neck? He’s way too cute for this.

  • jw_ny

    The suit being way too small is much greater of an offense than the brown shoe, as bad as they are with the suit. (although they are quite nice in their own right.) He’s such a cutie tho, and makes me smile. 🙂

  • kim bunchalastnames

    i love the shoes, but i feel like they pull attention away from the whole picture. too distracting.

  • Anna

    Yes, the suit is too tight and I don’t like the tie or the shoes but oh, Michael, you’re so fine. If he even gave me a hint of that smile, I’d pretty much agree to anything.

  • padma sallah

    I actually like the shoes and the contrast they provide but I can’t sign off on the fit of the suit. It feels one size too small.

  • KinoEye

    His head grooming is always perfect. I’m not a fan of the soul patch, but it works for him. He never looks scraggly or unkempt. And those LASHES. I bet he has naturally gorgeous, long lashes, but I wonder if they enhance them at all for public appearances. Or if he just got lucky and won the eyelash lottery.

    • Anna

      I know, right? I am eyelash deficient and it really is unfair for someone who’s already won the genetic lottery to also win the eyelash lottery.

      • Beardslee

        My daughter’s boyfriend has the most beautiful long thick black lashes, much to my daughter’s admiration and deep envy.

        • Anna

          Sounds like a stunner, I too am now envious of your daughter’s boyfriend’s long, thick black lashes. I wear glasses and refuse to wear contacts so fake, Jennifer Lopez-style ones are out for me. Tried it once and they drove me crazy, more trouble than they were worth.

        • kimmeister

          I find that the best natural, long, curled lashes always belong to men!

      • Rand Ortega

        Latisse actually works. Just be careful if you have lighter colored eyes.

        • Anna

          I was curious about that! Thanks for the tip.

        • kimmeister

          What does it do to lighter colored eyes?

          • Rand Ortega

            It’s very rare but where it was being used to treat glaucoma, when it hit the cornea, it darkened lighter colored eyes. But no instances have cited in using Latisse for eyelash growth.

    • ersmom

      Don’t hate us, but my eyelashes are long and black. My daughter and son inherited this trait. Daughter’s lashes are so long, they touch her glasses. My son’s are so thick they look fake (he’s 10).

  • Beardslee

    Agree about the shoes. He is just the cutest thing.

  • Wink

    How many gorgeous men in teeny-weeny suits must we see before this ridiculous “Pee-wee Herman” trend comes to an end?

  • rockin robin

    Is it just me, or are the pants a little too short?

  • Denise Alden

    Oh, there are shoes? And a suit? Lawd a-mighty, this man-boy is gorgeous! You’re right: he more often than not gets it right, but still doesn’t matter to me. That face! I may never recover.

  • I actually can get behind those shoes. It’s the lack of belt that is bothering me, along with the oddity of the tie — is it too short? Is it dirty?

  • Kbear

    He needs to get jackets that fit him in the shoulders. You should NOT see his arms bulge out below the shoulder pads. The pants look too tight too. There is “tailored” and then there is “just too damn small”

  • Eva_baby

    He just soooo……purty.

    But yeah, the shoes were the first thing I noticed. They are fiyah! But don’t work with the outfit.

    However….he’s just sooooooo purty.

  • Julie Chase

    He just seems like such a happy guy. And his shoes are amazing, but they did make me do a double take with this suit.

  • Imasewsure

    He looks like he has duckfeet since those shoes stand out so much with that outfit. No love for the ensemble … much love for the shoes

  • barbarienne

    He’s a tall, slender guy, and maybe it’s just the shoes, but those skinny pants aren’t doing anything for his legs.

    I’m just gonna keep looking at his face. It is very pleasing to the eyes.

  • Pennymac

    Hotdog buns for feet. As gorgeous as this man, his suit, and his shoes are, thats all I could see.

    • moppet

      Haaaa thank you for the belly laugh. 🙂

  • marlie

    I see the suit as a deep purple, but the shoes still don’t work for me. And the jacket is too tight.

    This is a little disappointing, considering he usually turns up on the red carpet impeccably turned out. My expectations for him are SO much higher than the average guystar.

  • shopgirl716

    I think the jacket looks too small through the shoulders. He’s so cute that’s as far down as I got. That face!

  • MilaXX

    The suit is reading deep brown on my computer. I don’t hate the shoe, but I think a maroon or black shoe would have worked better.

  • msdamselfly

    Pants too tight for a suit

  • Sophie

    He still looks great. Love the smile, hate the shoes.

  • While I agree that shoes this light in tone really stand out (and not necessarily in a good way) next to the deeply toned suit, why do I simultaneously think they would look mighty fine indeed with dark wash jeans (perhaps even as dark in tone as the suit)? Yet another question bouncing through my fashion-challenged mind.

    Either way, and even with the too tight suit, his general adorableness make this look a yes for me.

  • I’d rather have a swing and a miss than somebody who doesn’t try at all. Now take your hand out of your pocket, handsome.

  • YousmelllikeAnnaWintour

    I’m sorry is he wear shoes…I was looking someplace else. His face! Yes, his adorable face! 🙂

  • czarina

    Dear Uncles, What’s up with the “too tight” suit thing? It was Jon Hamm last week and Michael B. this week. Is this a thing or just bad tailoring or both?

  • alyce1213

    His misses are better than most guys’ hits on a very good day. The pants are too narrow, and the shoes belong elsewhere, but it’s forgivable.

  • MyFavoriteColorIsGlitter

    Dat face.

  • MzzPants

    There’s something that’s been bothering me for several of his appearances on this blog. It’s his shoulders and arms. There is an odd, puckering line created by his upper arm musculature extending beyond the suit’s shoulder pads. This should not be, even if it is a skinny suit. I appreciate his buffness, his attention to dressing, and all, but maybe it’s time for some custom tailoring.

  • Beans

    He’s wearing shoes?

  • SorayaS

    The suit is perfection and I think the shoes actually complement the tie colour nicely. Well done MBJ!

  • Lilyana_F

    I can see what you mean about the shoes clearly, and still, cannot bring myself to criticize anything this man wears, because he’s just so damn gorgeous regardless.

  • pookiesmom

    He’s so hot, tho!


  • lillyvonschtupp

    I LOVE the shoes!

  • demidaemon

    Love the tie and the shoes. Not really sold on the color or beltlessness of the suit. Seems a little safe for him. He, of course, is still adorable.

  • FridaStaire

    My, what big feet he has!

  • shelley514

    He’s got huge feet! Nothing else is important at the moment.