I bought a pair of cheapy black lace-up brogues last year and wore them quite a bit in the spring and fall. I've been looking for a higher-quality replacement, and when these Rockford ones went on sale in my size I jumped. They just arrived and I'm finding myself less enthused about them than I expected. The fit/quality is good, but they look really heavy on the foot, and I'm having a hard time imagining them in outfits.

My current pair has some tan around the sole, so I'm wondering if that makes them less heavy-looking than an all-black pair? Or whether an oxford, but in a lighter color, would work better for me. I'm imagining them being worn mostly with jeans, and maybe tights and skirts once it gets cooler.

I would appreciate any K/R thoughts or styling ideas.