The most versatile cordovan shoe colour: Dark Brown vs Burgundy

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by AleksejsN, May 12, 2019.

Which are your favorites?

  1. Formal - Burgundy

    9 vote(s)
  2. Formal - Dark Brown

    4 vote(s)
  3. Casual - Burgundy

    6 vote(s)
  4. Casual - Dark Brown

    6 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. AleksejsN

    AleksejsN Starting Member


    I think that is an interesting question. What would you choose between
    1) Dark brown;
    2) Burgundy (lets add color 8 here);

    Which one do you find more versatile?
    And in which setup:
    a)Formal setup (suits);
    b)Casual (smart);

    Please list your opinions.

    I am personally choosing between cordovan loafers in these 2 colors, for only smart casual instances.
    But it is just me, please list your personal preference and opinion.

    Thank you very much!
    Last edited: May 12, 2019
  2. blue suede shoes

    blue suede shoes Super Member

    United States
    For suits its cordovan. For casual it could be either, considering that light to medium brown leather shoes are very fashionable today. You should buy one pair of each to cover all bases.
  3. TKI67

    TKI67 Senior Member

    United States
    I find #8 to be the most versatile shoe color there is. The only times I wouldn’t wear it as a top choice would be with a dinner jacket or a navy suit. I’d even be ok with it with a navy suit if my black shoes were at the cobbler.
  4. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

    United States
    Cordovan is not a color, it’s the material.

    There’s burgundy and there’s color #8 and then there’s brown. There are also various other colors including black (please, I don’t want to hear about how black is not a color).

    If you’re intent on buying a loafer, in my opinion either will work. A loafer is not something I’d wear with a suit so my thoughts would straight away go to a more causal outfit.

    And I agree with Peak & Pine; the question is poorly worded and I would only hope that English is not your mother tongue.
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  5. Peak and Pine

    Peak and Pine Honors Member

    United States
    Mars Hill
    Pantone 19-1726 TCX
  6. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

    United States
    In the context of this thread.
  7. delicious_scent

    delicious_scent Super Member

    I would find dark brown or burgundy cordovan leather loafers to be about equal in terms of versatility.

    I find that the most versatile pair of loafers period to be chocolate suede tassels.
  8. Flanderian

    Flanderian Connoisseur

    United States
    New Jersey
    Indeed it isn't!

    But what about oxblood? ;)

    The only point of my wise-a** question being that it relates to the same issue you raise by pointing out that cordovan is a type of hide rather than a color. These color terms are used rather loosely and tend to be somewhat interchangeable.

    I'd describe color #8, a particular shade deriving from Horween's elected classification of colors, as being a darker brownish-red. And if someone were to refer to oxblood, I'd think it equally descriptive of that color, or similar colors, incorporating both the colors red and brown.
  9. FLMike

    FLMike Connoisseur

    United States
    West Coast
  10. eagle2250

    eagle2250 Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator

    Harmony, FL
    United States
    #8 shell cordovan, burgundy, Merlot, Oxblood..."some say potato; others say patatoe!" Whatever you call it the color burgundy is the most versatile shoe color, be it dressy or casual. K.I.S.S....or so I've been told. ;)
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