I have been buying quality shoes since the late 60's. The models that I have which seem to develop the most [good] character with age seem to be plain toe brogues in smooth or very small grain in lighter shades of brown/English tan, such as the Church's Shannon model in redish tan (Sandalwood)pictured in black only at http://www.churchsshoes.com/TEMPLAT....roup=75
This great shoe is discussed and pictured in "Gentlemen: A Timeless Fashion" by Bernhard Roetzel, but he only notes that this model in the Sandalwood color is very popular in Italy and southern Europe. Â Another good one is the Alden 947 small grain brogue in brown, either with the Plantation crepe sole. See http://suityourself.com/viewima....W-L.jpg
or with the regular sole. I have both shoes, but unfortunately not the right camera. My Shannon, about 30 years old, is so beautifully patinated that I save it only for special occasions. I should send it back to Church for re-crafting, as the welt is crumbling away.