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    Are tan brogues a good investment?

    I've been eyeing up some Grenson Dylan tan brogues or Stanley - undecided. I wouldn't normally spend this much on shoes and I don't think I will for a long while again, but I read a good pair of brogues are a lifetime investment.

    But tan... is it wise to go with tan or will brown be more 'timeless' so safer? Will mostly be dressing down - indigo jeans.
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    Tan's definitely versatile & I'd say better than brown in terms of dressing down with jeans etc. I've got the Dylans & they're gorgeous; the Stanleys are a bit of a sturdier & more traditional shape vs. the sleeker Dylans, so between them is really personal preference.
    Unless you're getting them for Christmas I'd hold off until the sales; I got my Dylans for 85 in the Urban Outfitters January sale a few years ago.
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    Thanks for the response!

    Yeah I was thinking about the sales; 85 is an outstanding price! I was hoping to have them for the work Christmas night out, though I wonder if I could make do with my dark brown leather loafers this once...

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    So I was planning on returning 50 the Top Man brogues I got since I decided I didn't really like the darker-than-tan-but-not-quite-brown colour that much. I was trying them on with my new raw jeans though and I've stained the shoes...

    So I can grin and bear the 50 waste for my own silly mistake, but was it because the shoes were cheap/unpolished or do I need to worry about the same thing happening to a pair of 200 (and much lighter in colour) brogues?

    EDIT: Jeans are turned up at the hem and I read soaking in vinegar would help? I could dip only the folded hem in to reduce staining, but will the jeans then stink of vinegar?
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    Hmm...I've never had that problem with my raws & brogues, although i think I usually wear my jeans rolled so high with brogues that they're not brushing the shoes!
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    A bit late on this, but I'll reply anyway.

    Tan brogues are, in my opinion, the best kind of brogue. It's a versatile shoe, that can work both as an integrated part of a look as well as a statement piece. The tan colour usually gives the brogue pattern the best contrast, to make it stick out even more.

    Tan leather is also, once again in my opinion, the one that benefits from ageing and patina the most - provided they're being cared for. Even a knackered pair of tan brogues can be saved with the proper treatment, and look full of character rather than just, well, knackered. This, of course, requires good leather. I.e. no cheap, high street stuff (i.e. Top Man ) - simple rule of thumb, get nothing below Loake in quality if you want a pair of tan brogues that will last you years. Since you're already considering Grenson's, that won't be a problem.

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