My first though was to recommend the Macneil...until I read your comment about the Macneil vs. Players. What is it about the Macneil you don't like? If it's a sleeker shoe you desire, perhaps the brogued makeups in the Independence line may work, like the LWB Williams or semi-brogue Hancock. I really wanted the Players but couldn't get a size to work right. I have to agree with you that it is a terrific looking shoe. As has been mentioned, you could start the natural progression into full on madness i.e., Shell Cordovan. If you go the shell route, I'd strongly consider the burgundy shell Leeds (and maybe reconsider the Macneil in burgundy shell). I dress similarly for work (just with a SC rather than a lab coat) and I love the versatility of the Macneil/Leeds. They work just as well with wool trousers during the day as they do with casual khakis and denim. Lastly, I don't see any suede on your list. Suede brogues may be something unique. If you are willing to go with Alden, something in a color like Alden's snuff is a solid three season shoe. I do like Alden's and AE's tan as well but they are only slightly less versatile given that the light color works best in spring and summer. I find snuff looks great in the real warm months but also quite nice in the fall. Note, AE may also have a snuff-like color suede but I'm just not sure, hence the Alden recommendation. Hope that gives you some food for thought. Here's a recent image (last week) of my *burgundy shell Leeds and Macneil for reference. *Note that the pictured burgundy is AE's old shade. As much as I like it, the new burgundy shade is downright stunning IMO. Both are nice but I wanted to include the disclaimer that if you don't like the above shade, the new ones are much darker and a bit closer to Alden's color 8.