This is for all the resident shell heads on this thread. I've been thinking about adding a burgundy shoe to my collection, and your unadulterated love for all things shell has me wondering if I should bite the bullet and try a pair in shell. My question is which style? My primary use for the shoes will be with charcoal slacks and a jacket or a sweater, so more casual but dressy enough for a sport coat. I also wear a charcoal suit pretty frequently, so that is a distinct possibililty, but I'm pretty wed to black shoes with that suit.
Should I go with the long wing blucher? Is it too dressy for just wearing with slacks and a sweater? How about the Cambridge? Is it dressy enough for a suit? Too dressy for slacks and a sweater? Any thoughts based on your experience?
Wingtips are inherently casual, while cap-toes are a bit formal for casual-wear.
The obvious choice is #8 Leeds.
A plain-toe best showcases shell IMO. The #8 will go with your charcoal suit nicely, as well as with casual wear.