Originally Posted by JLibourel
A few thoughts here: For interviews in a business suit, the Park Avenue is unquestionably superior. If wearing a sport coat and tie is appropriate interview attire for the position you are seeking, the Colton would be more compatible. However, as my sartorial sensibilities have become more refined, I really see little place for a black bucher like the Colton. I have the Lexington (nearly identical to the Colton) in black, but I almost have to contrive compatible outfits to get some use out of them. If you fancy the Colton, the price of closeout seconds in this style should drop by $40 sometime in the immediate future. I am planning to get the Colton in chestnut when this occurs.
really? my black AE lexingtons are my go-to dress shoes. my black wyngates (i.e., captoe with discrete perforations on the cap, similar to the bryon) have never been worn. i've never replaced my last cap-toe (a pair of 10 year old dexters). (and i do own a substantial number of AE's, although not as many as you). for fancy functions (weddings, etc), i like to go with c&j weymouths.
i guess it really does depend on preferences.