Agreed, and exactly the reason why I do not own walnut calf Strands despite appreciating the color from afar. My current dress wardrobe of navy, charcoals and grey/dark grey does not support the shoe, although the idea of seersucker and a walnut calf Strand for the hot summer months sounds great.
Walnut strands are my favourite shoe from AE simply because it's not boring. I wear it with Navy and grey pants (both dark gray and med), heck I even worn them with chino's. Someone mentioned it appeals to a younger crowd, that could be it as well. I find black dress shoes especially the park ave and fifth ave (which I have) to be boring and I don't wear it that often. Black just isn't versatile TO ME as some of the traditional dressed on here say. Also I find the fifth ave not sleek and kinda old man looking when I see other more sleeker shoes out there.
It's all personal preference though at the end of the day. I wore it to a wedding with my navy suit and it stood out but that was the point! It's a wedding and not some boring accountant desk job:slayer: