If I had to get a black pair of shoes, the only one I would consider would be Berluti wholecut. I have seen their black shoes with a green, blue, grey and purple patina. I'm not sure who else can do that kind of patination in the U.S. If you were in Paris, it might be a different story.
At one time or another, shouldn't everyone own a pair of shoes crafted from genuine Russian reindeer ???
They actually aren't really reindeer. No one is entirely sure what type of animal they are so they call it reindeer. The hides have tails which reindeer apparently do not. Great leather though. Have a hide sitting downstairs I am trying to figure out what to do with.