Originally Posted by jns425
So the "Color 8" is kind of a burgundy-ish color?
Sorry if this is a stupid question, but why do they call it "color 8"?
I love how those boots look!
Not sure who originally coined the name "Color #8" to refer to what is, as you say, a burgundyish color. Could have been Horween, I'd think. But it is what many would call the classic cordovan color. It can show differently from different shoe makers, since they often finish a leather differently as part of their production process. For example, I think Rancourt's #8 shell is definitely a different look and feel from Alden's.
I wonder if it wasn't an internal designation (there's a relatively seldom seen Horween color #4, as well, for example) that's been carried over to the retail level. Most colors of shell end up having some more poetic name applied to them, such as Espresso and Caramel (Rancourt), Whiskey, Ravello, and Cigar (Alden), or Cognac and Saddle (Carmina). I'd imagine that naming is all up to the company making the shoe and likely trademarked, in the case of Alden, since you don't see anyone using the same terms. All may be slight variations on the basic colorways, again because of the factory finishing.
I'm sure there's a much more complete answer out there somewhere. Maybe on Horween's website or blog.