I wouldn't recommend light edging / welt for color 8 models like balmoral wingtips / captoes, full strap loafers, saddles, grant/plaza boots, etc...
But for models that can be worn more casually (longwings, barrie boots, LHS, even chukkas or PTBs), the antique edging really makes the shoe "pop." It does make the shoe more casual, but they still go credibly with pants like grey wool / flannel, navy, etc.
Agreed. I think color 8 with the light edge on PTBs, LWBs, and Barrie boots is an awesome combination. I love the look.
Wish I could get my hands on #8PTB with the light edge. The Bureau (Belfast) has them, but they are too rich for me with the USD/GBP FX rate.