Considering lighter colors, you could always check my Chestnut Nevis pictures that I recently posted in this thread for further reference. The good thing about lighter colors is that the stitching and the apron really "pop" and comes to life, which I personally like a lot. This is also the reason why I am not so fond of suede Dovers - the suede has the effect that the apron and stitching hardly shows at all. Some people think this is a good thing, but I like the EG handstitching so much that I really want it to show as much as possible. I mean, why get a Dover at all if not, inter alia, for this feature. But this is of course all a matters of taste, really.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts hoodog.
One of my concerns is that, to my mind, light colored shoes seem to only look good with equally light colored jackets and pants. That is, not dark browns or navys. To be sure, all these colors look great when the shoes are photographed just by themselves, or when you only see them with the end of a trouser leg, but I have a hard time imagining how they'd look with the rest of what the person is wearing. IMO, if they're worn with dark colored suits or sport coats (esp if the trousers are equally dark), the shoes "pop" too much and look out of place.
Do you find they have limited versatility? I figured maybe getting one pair of chestnut Dovers couldn't hurt, but I'm wondering if also getting a pair in burnt pine and nutmeg suede would be overkill. I get a ton of wear out of my dark oak Dovers, but I think that's just because dark colored shoes are infinitely easier to wear.
I totally agree and this is the reason why maybe 90% of all my shoes are in dark or middle brown. Lightly colored shoes with dark clothing makes too much of a contrast IMO and is pretty hard to pull off in an elegant way.
To be sure, my chestnut Dovers have less versatility than, say, my doak pair. This is also why I use the doak Ectons as a complement during the warmer half of the year. I don't think you need to worry about regretting getting at least one pair of lightly colored Dovers though, as these work great as a casual shoe with jeans and/or chinos, and with a lightly colored odd jacket. If you should buy more lightly colored pairs is however really dependent on what you normally wear. But if you already feel more "at home" in darker colored shoes, then my best recommendation would be to try out just one pair of lightly colored Dovers, and then decide if you want more.