Originally Posted by Papa Doble
I understand your point that medium to dark brown can be better with tan/khaki pants than #8. This is one of the reasons I (1) got ravello and (2) put cigar first in my list above. I also wear denim, darker chinos, and occasionally medium grey wool pants, and I think #8 would look great with those. It would also look good with a navy or charcoal suit, should I decide to commit the blucher with a suit "sin."
right, I agree with your thinking
I mean, my answer has basically been the same for years now:
if you are trying to decide between a rare color shell or #8, get the rare color. burgundy shell is always going to be much easier to find down the road, and also can be bought a ton cheaper if you are ok with vintage Florsheim/Hanover, which were probably better made than Alden today.
for anyone on a budget or picking and choosing between models, buying a #8 LWB or PTB from Alden for $650 or w/e...I think that's pretty crazy. lurk on B/S or Ebay and get some barely worn vintage model for $150.
if you have unlimited funds, then disregard my advice!