Originally Posted by theyare
Came across this in a search, surprised there weren't more votes in general.
Separately - does anyone have thoughts on the versatility of Edwardian and suit color? Too light for many staple suits?
Edwardian, like any London tan, is probably the best brown in the sense that it darkens and patinates the best. If you want that beautiful brown in any shade between light and dark, start with Edwardian and it will get there in a year or three. For shoes that can outlive a decade, this isn't asking much. As to versitility with suits, it works. Can be a little strong with dark grays but is at home with tans, light grays, and most blues. But lets be honest, its a lighter colored shoe and that can be a bridge too far for some.
Burnt pine is too green, Chestnut too orange, Acorn/Maple looks like ban-aids, Buxite is a clown color, blue is for Elvis, Burgundy works just fine, Olive, do we have to talk about green shoes? seriously?
Black always works.
Dark Oak is super versatile and I wear it more than anything else but it can be quite dead.
What else is there? Suede - nutmeg is the go to color. Mink always seems too dark, if you do it get something brogued. Coffee is a little too non-commital, being a true mid-brown it actually gets lost which suprises me. Tobacco can be electric, enzyme bright.
Country calf - walnut is a bit dead (see coffee above). Stick with Rosewood - if it's too light or red, a year or two's worth of brown polish will change it.
Do they still have willow grain, beautiful stuff. Stiff stuff.