If you're not already one, you need to be a Nordstrom Rewards cardmember to get access to the "Early Access pre-sale" July 10-17. For me, after I log into Nordstrom.com and search for "Allen Edmonds Strand", the sale walnut Strand appears.
Early Access to the Nordstrom Anniversary Sale started today. They're selling a unique make-up of the Neumok. Seems to be a rough collection type leather with a light brown welt. The color is Acorn Hillfire. Might be a preview of a new color leather coming to us in the Fall.
Came across a MTO shoe site today called Awl & Sundry. Seems to be a sort of Indochino business model for shoes. Custom, goodyear welted shoes made in NYC starting at $350. Interesting concept.
Well, if I remember correctly the Boardroom is basically the same shoe as the Park Avenue, but on a different last. The Nathan is basically the Fifth Ave. And the Lamont is basically the Sanford. All very good choices, but a slightly different last.