Originally Posted by sammy
I will seriously consider burgundy; which is one of my favorite shoe colors. Is "ox blood" and burgundy the same color?
No, yes and maybe
Most sophisticated and compete colour palettes would show them as different colours; however, many people use terms like burgundy, bordeaux, cordovan, and oxblood somewhat interchangeably. That is because there is really no universal standard in leather finishes or nomenclature; each of these colours has a wide range of hues and shades, and each of us perceive colours differently. Moreover, different makers give the same name to different colours and conversely different makers give different names to the same colour! Thus it is important to know the shoemaker involved and have a real firsthand sense of his finishes. Let me give you just one small example. You mention an interest in antiqued chestnut. As you know, there's a wide array of tones that Edward Green achieves in their chestnut finishes, but I think it's safe to say that you would consider it a light brown colour with perhaps an orange or even yellow cast. Yet Cleverley's antique chestnut is a very different colour indeed...made from red and brown, it is a deep colour with an overtone that is closer to burgundy. In the end, it's as Potter Stewart suggests...you'll know it when you see it.