Which are your favorites?

  • Formal - Burgundy

    Votes: 9 56.3%
  • Formal - Dark Brown

    Votes: 4 25.0%
  • Casual - Burgundy

    Votes: 6 37.5%
  • Casual - Dark Brown

    Votes: 6 37.5%

  • Total voters
    16

AleksejsN

Starting Member
24
UK
London
London
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.
Sorry for my formulation, it is not my first language indeed.
 

SG_67

Connoisseur
14,575
United States
Illinois
Chicago
To my eye, color #8 comes off more like a deep eggplant vs. burgundy or oxblood. It really is a unique color.
 

AleksejsN

Starting Member
24
UK
London
London
Okay, I was hoping someone, anyone, would ask me nonsensical, poorly-worded questions about shoes this Sunday morning and, lo, it's happened, so my answer to this hoped-for question is black, maybe. But I'm not sure. I don't know much about shoes.
My bad, will be more careful next time.

Any ideas regarding topic?
 

JBierly

Advanced Member
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United States
Tennessee
Chattanooga
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.
 

frankmartin

New Member
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United States
Georgia
Suwanee
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.
 
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Matt S

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United States
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New York
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.
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.
 

Flanderian

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

FLMike

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5,796
United States
FL
West Coast
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.
How many burgundy belts do you need to be able to wear your burgundy colored shoes?
 

SG_67

Connoisseur
14,575
United States
Illinois
Chicago
There are plenty of places to find a burgundy belt. Brooks Brothers to start with.
 
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