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Friday, June 25, 2010

Burgundy Shoes - Where The Hell Are They??

Why is it so hard to find nice burgundy colored shoes? They used be everywhere. Now you have to scrounge to find them and 80% of the ones you find are some ugly-ass Bass Wejun styled loafer that your grandfather would have worn. For such an elegant color that is extremely versatile, you would think that it would be more readily available by many shoe brands. I guess with this new 'brown being the new black' surge, there hasn't been much thought put into burgundy. Most shoe companies must be worrying about the 97 different colored browns that they are making their shoes in. Not to say that this brown emergence is not good, but I feel like it is now becoming a little bit redundant and the shift needs to take a change towards other colors.

Shoes (Top of page): Gaziano & Girling
Shoes Above (From top left, clockwise): Dimitri Bottier; Marc Guyot; Saion; Santoni

Out of all of the colors that suits come in (black, navy, gray, khaki & olive) the only suit color that I would hesitate to pair with burgundy would be black. Not saying that I would not ever put a burgundy colored shoe with a black suit (because I think that it could be nice with the right pieces) but it definitely would be my last resort considering how much more burgundy compliments a nice blue/navy or gray suit. It is not a 'racy' color or something that is unacceptable in the work place and the fact that it happens to go so well with all of these suit colors, it seems strange to me that you don't see them very often in the stores. Who fault is this? The shoe companies or the buyers? Either way someone needs to take a risk and bring these beautiful shoes back into the stores so that average Joe's like me and you, who may not be able to afford these beautiful $1000+ shoes that I always display, can actually find a nice pair!

Shoes Above (Top Left): Gaziano & Girling
All of the Rest: Corthay, pictures provided by Leffot

Let's try to do something here!!! If you agree with me and love burgundy shoes yet have a hard time finding one's that you like then the next time that you go to the place that you shop the most, tell the salesmen to tell their buyers to BUY MORE BURGUNDY!!! If enough of us do this, things will change. Let's re-create the Hush Puppy effect!


  1. they are the most gorgeous shoes ever! i can't rember their names but they are mens shoes and womens shoes :)
    xo keep in touch

  2. Check these!!:



    Enough choice at Corthay!

  3. Seriously missing from this list. Vass (from Budapest) in U-last. Mmm.

    Which are those green shoes in the pic


  4. Shanx - You are right...but I have put them elsewhere on the blog. A lovely shoe indeed! The green shoes are Corthay, but I am not familiar with the model name. You can probably figure it out if you check out the website.


  5. Hey Justin,
    Where burgundy shoes have shading and gradients across the color, how are they kept looking nice? It's not like you can smother them in Parade Gloss.
    With a wardrobe full of black suits, what would make the "right pieces"?
    From the non-shoesnobs, thx for the tips!

  6. Anon - With a lighter polish that brings out the undertones....use a wax polish that does not really affect color so much but enhances it. Well, the right pieces for black suits, would be black shoes...but for burgundy shoes, you will want to invest in a nice navy (or lighter shade of blue) suit.


  7. This post has just popped up as recommended so first time reading it.

    I totally agree. I have been wanting a pair of burgundy or a claret for ages I just cannot find a nice one to try on. Loake do a few Pairs and have found some in jones but the leather is awful and for nearly 200 seems a waste. Been the cheaney website they sort of do one but not a fan of the shape. The c&j website do a few that look like it but really bad photos and are more like a dark tan in reality...

    I want to see how they go with jeans to be honest but not being able to try a decent pair on I'm still unsure if they will. What is your opinion? I kind of hope ill try on a pair I don't like realise they don't work and not have to worry about still looking !!!!

  8. Anon - I think that you should continue your journey!! Burgundy is a great addition to the shoe wardrobe...if you can hold out a few more months, I will have a few in my upcoming collection..


  9. Just found this blog post online during my search for Burgundy shoes. A shoe salesman some years ago told me when buying my last Burgundy shoes to hold on to them for as long as possible because "they are going to go away." The reasons, this salesman was told by shoe company reps, was that burgundy was so versatile that men during the recession were just buying those and putting off their brown, black, etc replacements and additional purposes to save money. The companies, per the saleman, saw that trend happening early and started to d/c their burgundy lines to essentially force customers to essentially buy two shoes, not one.

    Given my difficulty in now finding replacements for my burgundy shoes (and given I've often found them sold at 10-35 dollar markups from their black or brown equivalents!) it looks like he was right...



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