Gentlemen, thank you a lot for your replies!
Once again my poor English lead to a misunderstanding.
When I said I was looking for a brown boat shoe, I was aware and very much liked #8 Chromexcel was more redish brown/burgundy than brown Chromexcel, I am not set on a "neutral" brown.
Therefore let me simplify my question: Which color would you prefer in a boat shoe #8 or brown CXL?
Further, when flipping through the pages of the thread, I found the following post.
If I recall correctly Bakes was the one who considered buying a pair of boat shoes for his dad's birthday but was not sure Rancourt was worth the price they asked for.
Am very glad some others and I were able to convince him.
From how the shoes look one can clearly see the owner wears them a lot and very unpretentious so, which I think is a great thing for a boat shoe.
Also, are those brown CXL? The definitely look great!
Originally Posted by Bakes11771 Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Spruced up my Dad's boat shoes this afternoon. I used an old tooth brush and mild dish soap solution on the edges of the soles (would have used simple green if we had any), Venetian shoe cream, and a horse hair brush.
Left shoe after, compared to right shoe before.
^I retied laces after taking this pic so the bows are now horizontal instead of verticle
I am pretty impressed by how well they turned out. I don't own any CXL shoes personally, but now have a new-found respect for the leather.
I gave these to him back in August and they immediately became his go-to shoe, displacing his Gucci loafers that I seldom see him wear anymore. I think he likes these because they are more comfortable, even though there is not a whole lot to them. He has a bad lower back, and says that they provide him relief. Saw some old pairs of his Sperry boat shoes in his closet, which now look like cardboard shit after getting used to seeing his Rancourts.
I told him the other day that I would do this for him because he asked me if the abrasion marks on the front of them could be fixed (Walking in wet grass).
I put them back in his closet without saying anything and will see if he notices a difference when he gets home.