My first pair of AE's as well - bourbon Daltons - for me, the Dalton will always be the quintessential AE shoe, it's what brought me to the brand....
...but that was 14 months and 7 pair ago...
God help you sir
Some combination of the following:
Dark Brown, chili, or burgundy
Monkstrap, full brogue, or long wing.
Ok...firstly NOTHING is really impossible - 'cept maybe Scarlett Johanson as my GF and MTO shell for $199...but I'd say the MORE LIKELY here - based upon everything the OP has written AND the photos above - is that somewhere along the line, the Brannock read was incorrect, plain and simple.
Which is why, as cautioned frequently by many BEFORE this post ever came up, go by FIT not Brannock
It's an amazing suit shoe. I wanted a couple of AE Bals, but I wanted something with a bit of “zip” to 'em. I got lucky getting a pair of dark chili Weybridges AND via eBay, a gently used pair of black Fairfaxes. I wanted something with brogueing but WITHOUT a lot of layering/pinking/sewing. These two styles are odd “sister” shoes where the brogueing defines the “wings” and usual layering details.
Balmorals are challenging enough to try sporting with something other than a suit (unless they're suede—which automatically casuals 'em up), and these two styles REALLY prove that point.
Maybe their walnut styles can sort of pull that off, but the darker colored ones are so formal as to look downright odd with khakis and jeans. That said, I LOVE them both. They are distinctive shoes that garner compliments when deployed properly.
I'd kill for a pair in walnut!
I'm honestly ok with full walnut brogues and a nice pair of jeans, if for no other reason than I have a greater disgust for walnut full brogues being warn with a suit. Brown and black, yes. Tan, no. Yet the world around me disagrees with that too since I see tan full-brogue shoes being consistently warn with suits these days.
lol. I've heard a lot of people say that, but I bought a pair specifically to wear with my natural linen suit and not look like a frat guy from Ole Miss. As I pointed out Easter Sunday this year, I think people who don't understand that shoe just haven't lived in the South all their lives. I have em, and I love em. I actually wear them a good deal more than I had planned on, mostly in the Spring and late late summer/early early autumn.
How do you guys feel about a balmoral cap toe in suede with chinos or jeans? I just bought this pair by C&J and am wondering about their versatility... Excuse the laces. I have more coming...
Frieburg is a boot built on the...... I can't remember. might be the 201? Its plain toe, ankle height. Remember the Rothsay? Similar height to that. 6 or 7 eyelets if i remember correctly, although it could be 5...?
The City *should* be a perf'd cap toe blucher on the 201 last.