C&J- dark brown Audley or chestnut Belgrave?

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  1. Modic

    Modic Active Member

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    May i have your advise which would be your choice?

    It would be my first pair of good shoes.
    I would probably wear with my suits, light grey, blue and black.

    If possible, photos of your worn pairs are highly appreciated.
     


  2. Modic

    Modic Active Member

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    Is it actually large difference in real color?
     


  3. Balthazar

    Balthazar Senior member

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    I have both and love them both. The difference in browns is pretty big. And neither should be worn with a black suit. I would go with Audley first. I find myself reaching for that one more often.
     


  4. AlexE

    AlexE Senior member

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    probably the audley
     


  5. nutcracker

    nutcracker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I owned a pair of Belgrave in Chestnut, but the color was brighter than I hoped for.

    So I used some DARK BROWN polishes (suggested by someone here on the forum) on it for several months until I got the right shade of brown

    I wouldn't say this is for everyone, but I was quite happy with the result.

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  6. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    Dark brown works for all suits. Chestnut for light colored suits only.
     


  7. Modic

    Modic Active Member

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    Thanks all for the suggestions.
    I will certainly not wear it with black suit.
    Is there any worn Audley photo?
    I would like to have the idea on what a vintage one look like.
    It seem not many I could find on net
    While more are worn Belgrave
     


  8. Modic

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    Thanks for your sharing.
    How about in the opposite?
    If I found Audley too deep in color, could I polish it to be brighter?
     


  9. kev777

    kev777 Senior member

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    Chestnut Belgraves against a dark brown Meermin... [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


  10. strictly-4-my-pimps

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    I like Audley's a lot I would wear them often, however the simple broguing of the Belgrave's is irresistible. I like the colour and simple detail of the Belgrave. Very elegant and nice. However the Audlley's for me are more bold and powerful and darker in colour. I like them both it just depends how you want to project your shoes :)
     


  11. Liquidus

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    I realize that this has been discussed, but what color of cream have people found to be closest to C&J Chestnut? I'm currently using Saphir Mahogany, but it's not as red as I would like.
     


  12. Patek

    Patek Senior member

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    I actually went the opposite and I use Saphir Burgundy colored cream which makes them more of a dark chili and I love the color.

    I think they look great with a navy suit. I just happened to be wearing a tan suit today with the Belgraves so I snapped a couple of Blackberry pictures. These shoes are about two years old and I purchased them when I fist started out on SF so they got a lot of wear as I was building my EG rotation.

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  13. P-K-L

    P-K-L Senior member

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    Audley - but in black.
     


  14. chogall

    chogall Senior member

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    black shoes are big no-no on style forum.
     


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    It is hard to lighten a shoe with polishes and creams. You can brighten it a wee bit with some lighter cream polishes. But it will not brighten much and will buff off eventually.

    So the answer is yes - but only slightly.
     


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