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formality of color and material in shoes?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by stickonatree, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. stickonatree

    stickonatree Senior member

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    black patent or calf = most formal
    brown calf = a step down, but has a bigger range

    but what about burgundy colors, or materials like cordovan?
     
  2. ManofKent

    ManofKent Senior member

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    black patent or calf = most formal
    brown calf = a step down, but has a bigger range

    but what about burgundy colors, or materials like cordovan?


    I would generally put burgundy between black and brown, but much depends on the style of the shoe and what it's worn with.
     
  3. Golf_Nerd

    Golf_Nerd Senior member

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    black patent or calf = most formal
    brown calf = a step down, but has a bigger range

    but what about burgundy colors, or materials like cordovan?


    Hah?
     
  4. Cornellian

    Cornellian Senior member

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    I would say that oxblood type colors are a little dressier than brown. But it really depends on the shoe.

    I really don't care for cordovan hide. It's not as comfortable, and it doesn't breathe like calf. But if I had to wear black patent type shoes, I would rather wear a highly buffed cordovan hide than patent leather.

    Just my random thoughts.
     

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