Defo agree on Loake. Nice mid-level make and the size 9 do the trick for me last-wise, etc.again the caveat with AE was the price-- didn't know whether they were available in Britain or not. Figured they'd be.A place to check for good deadstock AE, Alden, etc., is USA eBay. I once found an unworn, perfect pair of burgundy late '70s Florsheim smooths. Cost me about $50 all told. Well-made and more summer friendly/breathable than, say, shell cordovan.