I'm in the process of revamping my dress shoe wardrobe, so assume that I have no "real" dress shoes other than my recently acquired black Park Avenues. I'm looking to get brown dress shoes, preferably a cap-toe blucher, possible a quarter brogue. An oxford would be a possibility, but I'd prefer the slightly less formal blucher, as they seem more versatile. I'd like to get another pair of Allen Edmonds, possibly seconds or used. Any recommendations?
So far, I'm considering the Fifth Avenue (even though they're an oxford) in either brown burnished calf or walnut calf. I wish there was a shade of brown available between the two, as brown burnished is a bit darker than what I'd prefer, and walnut seems too light. Would the brown burnished be acceptable to wear with mid to dark gray suits or trousers, or best with a lighter gray only?
The Clifton in brown is another possibility, though I understand those are discontinued and may be hard to find. I'm sure I'd have to buy these used.
Any other recommendations? As I'm looking for a pair of shoes versatile enough to be worn with a suit or simply with dress trousers and a button-down shirt, and possibly a blazer, would it be most preferable to get an oxford or a blucher? Some say oxfords are only for suits, while others say bluchers shouldn't be worn with a suit. Personally, I'd rather wear a blucher with a suit than oxfords with something other than a suit. The formality of an oxford demands a suit in my mind, but that thinking is perhaps flawed, and I'd love to hear other opinions on the matter. Convince me that oxfords aren't just for suits!
If you're looking for a shade in between the two colors, you could always consider bourbon, but that limits the styles available. If you're open to the strand (a captoe brogue oxford), that might be an interesting way to go.
If you just want a different shade that's versatile, you might also consider something classic in chili or merlot. Actually, now that I said it, chili might be a color that would work for your apparent disposition, but that would, once again, limit your styles a bit, as would any color choice, really.