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)
    56.3%
  2. Formal - Dark Brown

    4 vote(s)
    25.0%
  3. Casual - Burgundy

    6 vote(s)
    37.5%
  4. Casual - Dark Brown

    6 vote(s)
    37.5%
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. AleksejsN

    AleksejsN Starting Member

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    Sorry for my formulation, it is not my first language indeed.
     
  2. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

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    Chicago
    To my eye, color #8 comes off more like a deep eggplant vs. burgundy or oxblood. It really is a unique color.
     
  3. Andy

    Andy Site Creator/Administrator Staff Member

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    The "color", of course, is oxblood, burgundy, cordovan color, etc.
     
  4. AleksejsN

    AleksejsN Starting Member

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    London
    My bad, will be more careful next time.

    Any ideas regarding topic?
     
  5. JBierly

    JBierly Advanced Member

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    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.
     
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  6. frankmartin

    frankmartin New Member

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    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.
     
    Last edited: May 13, 2019
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  7. Matt S

    Matt S Connoisseur

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    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.
     
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  8. Flanderian

    Flanderian Connoisseur

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    I seriously doubt that Alden puts acrylic lacquer on Horween's lovely cordovan. From wence cometh your information? :icon_scratch:
     
  9. FLMike

    FLMike Connoisseur

    United States
    FL
    West Coast
    How many burgundy belts do you need to be able to wear your burgundy colored shoes?
     
  10. SG_67

    SG_67 Connoisseur

    United States
    Illinois
    Chicago
    There are plenty of places to find a burgundy belt. Brooks Brothers to start with.
     

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