So I'm trying to plan out my next AE purchase, and figured I'd ask for some general input here.
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Background: I'm a resident physician in a specialty that is almost entirely clinic based. I typically wear navy/grey/charcoal/tan wool or cotton pants with a button-down shirt, +/- the white coat.
Current shoes I own:
AE Lasalle in Brown
AE Delray in Chili
AE Fairfax in Chili
AE Bradley in Brown
AE Bradley in Black
RL Sanderson in Walnut
J&M Melton in Black
J&M Melton in Burgundy
A few things:
-I don't really plan on getting a Park Ave/Fifth Ave at the moment in black or burgundy, as my J&Ms do the job right now, and I rarely find occasions to wear them anyway
-I'm not big on loafers
-I'm not big on monkstraps
-I don't have much use for dress boots (Dalton, Fifth Street)
-I bought both pairs of Bradleys well-worn/used already (and cheap), and am not a huge fan of them anyway, so I mostly just use them as foul-weather shoes.
I've contemplated a pair of bourbon Strands/McAllisters, or perhaps burgundy McAllisters. I wish they made a burgundy Players Shoe, I like that shoe a lot better than the MacNeil anyway.
Thoughts/suggestions? I don't really need any black shoes at the moment. I really like walnut, but don't necessarily want to overdo it. What other styles am I definitely lacking here?
My first though was to recommend the Macneil...until I read your comment about the Macneil vs. Players. What is it about the Macneil you don't like? If it's a sleeker shoe you desire, perhaps the brogued makeups in the Independence line may work, like the LWB Williams or semi-brogue Hancock. I really wanted the Players but couldn't get a size to work right. I have to agree with you that it is a terrific looking shoe.
As has been mentioned, you could start the natural progression into full on madness i.e., Shell Cordovan. If you go the shell route, I'd strongly consider the burgundy shell Leeds (and maybe reconsider the Macneil in burgundy shell). I dress similarly for work (just with a SC rather than a lab coat) and I love the versatility of the Macneil/Leeds. They work just as well with wool trousers during the day as they do with casual khakis and denim.
Lastly, I don't see any suede on your list. Suede brogues may be something unique. If you are willing to go with Alden, something in a color like Alden's snuff is a solid three season shoe. I do like Alden's and AE's tan as well but they are only slightly less versatile given that the light color works best in spring and summer. I find snuff looks great in the real warm months but also quite nice in the fall. Note, AE may also have a snuff-like color suede but I'm just not sure, hence the Alden recommendation.
Hope that gives you some food for thought. Here's a recent image (last week) of my *burgundy shell Leeds and Macneil for reference.
*Note that the pictured burgundy is AE's old shade. As much as I like it, the new burgundy shade is downright stunning IMO. Both are nice but I wanted to include the disclaimer that if you don't like the above shade, the new ones are much darker and a bit closer to Alden's color 8.