Jay - how about teaming your shoes with dark wash jeans or navy chinos, with a bit of pastel colour up top? Pink or, if you can find a nice shade, green are ones I think would work nicely. And bring it into the colder season by using a rollneck, or wearing it with a suitably warm jacket - say, a grey blazer in wool, cord (admittedly a grey cord blazer might not sound great) or tweed? Or both? It's probably a bit colourful for some tastes, but I think with the right pieces that could be quite nice. The tonal interplay between the shoes and trousers, and the bright/pale contrast between the shoes and top are what I like.
Rubyblue's suggestion is really cool too; but I do agree with you about them sticking out if you use monochromes. I actually occasionally wear monochromes (usually black and white) to make a single colour really pop. It's one of the things that works with those green trousers actually! Personally I'd just go for it and let the shoes be a focal point - but I'm known to be at times, ahem, unsubtle.
The Nick Wooster article was quite timely and gave me some inspiration actually. He pulls of very simple, plain outfits with shoes that pop. I shall give it a whirl.
And its the Paul Smith warehouse sale in a few weeks: designer items at bargain bin prices. I'm going to be lighting this thread up with purchases I wouldn't have dreamed of paying full price for!
Not quite clothes related nor do i have a picture, but just had my hair cut and instantly regret it, i cant do anything with it, and the cut is too neat (if that makes any sense) not choppy enough, my hairline doesnt like it(cowlick). Was going for the look on the top right.
Boy do I hate it when that happens! Do you go to the same hairdresser every time? I find it's really helped to stick to the same stylist, and by now she knows what works, how to cut my hair and understands what I'm after better.
My hair is annoying, as not much can be done with it, but im tired of having to spike it all up, i want something more tame and relaxed such as the top 2 images to the right on my post above or the middle on the bottom row. Just saw the girlfriend and she hates it more than me haha not good, ahwell only 2 weeks between a bad cut when it comes to my hair!
EDIT: Ignore the above, tried again today and realised what i was doing wrong, now really liking the new chop! :)