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Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by AleksejsN, May 12, 2019.
Sorry for my formulation, it is not my first language indeed.
To my eye, color #8 comes off more like a deep eggplant vs. burgundy or oxblood. It really is a unique color.
The "color", of course, is oxblood, burgundy, cordovan color, etc.
My bad, will be more careful next time.
Any ideas regarding topic?
Well your English is a lot better than my Latvian. All in all oxblood, merlot, burgundy (there are perhaps subtle differences - merlot can be a bit more purplish) is a much more useful color. It pairs better with both grey and navy which are classic colors for mens suits.
Horween color 8 is converted to Alden color 8 via (from what I hear) an acrylic finish which includes some dye. Alden makes it really dark and kinda purple. I don't really consider it a very honest finish, but I have a pair of Alden color 8 shoes and I do like them.
Color 8 is sometimes so dark that it almost looks black. If it's almost black, then what's the point?
IMHO, some shade of dark-ISH mid-brown is the most versatile. Brown shoes that are so dark that they can be mistaken for black are largely pointless IMHO. They might as well just be black if folks can't tell the difference.
Burgundy colored belts, wallets, briefcases, and bags are just not as available as brown ones. Black and brown seem to be the most common colors for these accessories. I don't wear my color 8 shoes anywhere near as often as brown ones often because my choice of belts is more limited.
While I agree that mid-dark brown is most versatile, very dark brown that looks almost black looks great with dark brown suits or trousers. There are also times when one might want high contrast with his shoes and trousers, and very dark brown shoes can look quite elegant. While black has a cool look, very dark brown has a warm tone that will go better with other warm tones in a subtle way.
I seriously doubt that Alden puts acrylic lacquer on Horween's lovely cordovan. From wence cometh your information?
How many burgundy belts do you need to be able to wear your burgundy colored shoes?
There are plenty of places to find a burgundy belt. Brooks Brothers to start with.