Glad to see that someone finally added a shoe that is not like everyone else's and is unique. I don't dress up too often anymore but when I did, I worked on a shoe floor and always received compliments on my unique shoes, like the one in my avatar, my teal cap toes, or my red wing tips with white piping. I know that these are not so liked on SF because many of you are traditionalists but they are definitely eye catching and if I am not taking negative eye stares I am getting lots of good compliments. On the streets though, I would have to say that the most compliments I probably ever received was on my Allen Edmonds "Dryden" in cognac. Great shoe, still own and still love it!
Revolving - my AE dryden seems to correlate with your theory about brogues and cognac colored shoes. While it is not a full nor even partial brogue, there is a perforated cap and medallion and it is that rich eye-catching cognac color. Great against a nice pair of dark denim.