. I was thinking that. I wanted something with a little design to it thats why I was looking at the Fith Avs or the Strands over the Park Aves. I really dig the strands but I see most people don't recomend them in black. I actually bought the Cliftons because Nordstrom had them on sale for 240.00 but after seeing the Fith Avenues online I really like the lacing on the latter much more then the Cliftons. So I'm thinking of returning and getting the Fith Aves....I'm still trying to decide also if my grey suit is too light for a brown shoe. I'd like my brown shoe to ve versatile enough to wear with jeans and a blazer too and in my opinion the Strands are too much. That's why I was thinking of Black Strands for the weddings then a more simple brown shoe to go with everything . I'm a mess and have like two days to decide which two pairs of shoes to buy!
I know you're looking for a black shoe with broguing, but have you thought about the option of a completely plain toe black shoe a la the Carlyle? I own a pair in black and I feel sleek every time I wear them. To me, their style lies within their simplicity. Plus, if you ever have the need for black tie shoes, you can put a mirror shine on them and they look better than patent IMO. Just throwing in another shoe to consider!