Longwing help: ideal gunboat color?

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  1. dasai

    dasai Senior member

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    I just put in an order for a pair of black oxfords, so I've got some time while I save up my pennies, but for my next pair of shoes, I'm thinking of longwing bluchers for casual/dress-casual wear. (My budget means I'm basically looking at A-E's MacNeil.)

    I'm partial to the grain calf models, myself. I like the walnut, already having a pair of Strands in the color, but I don't know that it's dark enough for a heavy, double-soled shoe I primarily see myself wearing from fall to spring. The burgundy cordovan looks nice, too, but it's sort of out of my price range at the moment. Not interested in black. But anyhow, while I weigh my options and look for spare change, I'm interested in getting some input here.
     


  2. landshark

    landshark Senior member

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    I think walnut or tan in general is best for longwings. I have a pair that I wear all the time and they go with everything.
     


  3. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    There is only one: fiery chestnut. Or, in this case, the grain walnut.
     


  4. pitboss12

    pitboss12 Senior member

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    I would say brown would be my first choice. I would choose the chestnut as a second, but I'm not a fan of grain leather.
     


  5. MyOtherLife

    MyOtherLife Senior member

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    Perhaps a few factors to consider in making your choice would be:
    -how often would you wear them
    -which colour will be more versatile with your daily needs

    Even though your Strands are walnut, the MacNeil styling is quite different.
    Though they are a longwing, the walnut colour will give them a far lighter effect than in black.
    Rich and substantial to the eyes of others. You're sure to receive compliments from those who appreciate nicer shoes. You know your preferences best but I would go with the walnut.
     


  6. grimslade

    grimslade Senior member

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    #8.
     


  7. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    #8.

    Standard.
     


  8. forex

    forex Senior member

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    I would go with Cigar or #8. Assuming we are talking about cordovan leather, otherwise I am with Doc.
     


  9. polar-lemon

    polar-lemon Senior member

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    I would go with Cigar or #8. Assuming we are talking about cordovan leather, otherwise I am with Doc.

    In my mind, the great thing about a longing is versatility. For some reason, I can't fathom wearing ravello or cigar (let alone whiskey) with a suit, but #8 raises no concern.
     


  10. Orgetorix

    Orgetorix Senior member

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    These are my favorite. I've had the lighter chestnut types before, but didn't get as much use out of them.

    [​IMG]
     


  11. makewayhomer

    makewayhomer Senior member

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    #8 or burgundy shell, given OP's budget he is relegated to fishing on ebay or b/s for a pair of vintage Flrosheim/Hanover or used AE Macneils, but thats fine anyways, it's what I did
     


  12. Warren G.

    Warren G. Senior member

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    Loving my Tan pebble long wing... [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


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    srivats Senior member

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  14. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    #8.

    Standard.

    #8 or burgundy shell, given OP's budget he is relegated to fishing on ebay or b/s for a pair of vintage Flrosheim/Hanover or used AE Macneils, but thats fine anyways, it's what I did

    +1
     


  15. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    #8 for shell

    walnut for pebble grain
     


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