|Septieme Largeur - Light Gray|
4 Above: Septieme Largeur
2 Below: Corthay
When I think of my own shoe collection, I find it to be quite strange in the fact that I have almost everything except your typical black/brown/tan shoes. It's almost as if I tried to not get the common shoes when I was growing my collection and more so went for the abnormal, amassing everything from teal, to two-toned shoes, to canary yellow loafers. I currently don't even own a brown full brogue, but I do own a green one. That is almost blasphemous though, as I should have a brown full brogue more than any other shoe considering the fact I label as the most versatile shoe around....I don't even own your typical double monk strap shoe either, which I definitely ought to, considering my lust for shoes. I own 2 blue oxfords, but only just now added a full black oxford to my collection. I even own a purple velour Ferragamo loafer, but at the current moment don't really have much in way of a nice tan shoe. It would appear that while I am sharing (and advising to purchase) all of these lovely colored shoes with you, I need to reevaluate my own wardrobe and get back to some basics.....good thing a patina can be done for all colors.
All brown shoes by: Edward Green
Top Row: (L) Gaziano & Girling, (R) Edward Green
2nd Row: (L) Edward Green, (R) Septieme Largeur
3rd Row: Both by Septieme Largeur
4th Row: Both by Corthay
While I love green and gray shoes, I would have to say that my 3 favorite categories of colors to go with outside of your common options would be the 3 colorways above: The Blue's, The Brown's and The Red's etc. For me these shades represent the best choice for versatility. I know that many of you many think that a black shoe represents the most versatile option, but I would have to say that brown and burgundy trump that for sure and navy for me, goes with all and trumps even those shades. It's funny that blue shoes don't represent a higher stake in the common shoe arena. When done in a dark shade, it can pose as a very professional looking shoe, not ostentatious yet not too subtle either, the perfect balance between edgy and boring....yet it's still not very common...I will try and change this. Just wait.....!
Well, as you can see, I have done my best to post the majority of shades that I could find in my enormous collection of photos.....if you think that I have missed one, let me know. And if you are in the market to branch out sometime this year, and go for something outside of your common black/brown shoe, hopefully this post can serve as inspiration!
Top Row: Sutor Mantellassi
2nd & 3rd Row: All by Septieme Largeur
4th and last Row: Corthay
Some pictures courtesy of: Leather Soul and Leffot