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Gap's lightweight slim pants are worth checking out, especially if they're running a 40% off promo.  As long as you order the right size, the pants won't pool like they do in the pictures online.   http://www.gap.com/browse/product.do?cid=42976&vid=1&pid=941428012   (The hyperlink tool isn't cooperating)
I don't see anything wrong with spending $100 on a pair of shoes that lasts you two to three years.  That said, I've been looking for a more luxe chukka too.  I prefer a chukka in suede, so I'm not sure Red Wing is the answer.  Plus, their offerings sell at well over $200 (the Beckman Chukka is sold almost universally at $350 online).
Since no one else is speaking up, I can offer an educated guess.  I'd imagine in person they look more like the pictures on Amazon and the blog.  Over time, they might darken and look more like the pair on ASOS, which have definitely been worn in a bit.  A suede protector might have been applied to the ASOS pair as well.
Also not a huge fan of the fact that Steve McQueen's face is literally plastered to the inside of that jacket.
Sort of ironic that the Steve McQueen Barbour collection features a Harrington jacket when everyone knows that the only Harrington McQueen ever wore was a Baracuta.  Why not just stick with the original?
Don't want to take the thread off topic, but here's one last suggestion. http://www.valetmag.com/personal-shopper/shop-talk/2014/spring-buying-planner-outerwear-bombers.php
I might try taking a seam ripper to a button-down I just purchased.
A few comments/questions on the screed above:   1) I've never owned a Liddesdale, but I do know you shouldn't be machine washing it (probably the source of its "spotting").   2) By "condensation," do you mean sweat?  If so, I don't think it's fair to hold Barbour responsible for your overactive excretory system.   3) Are we supposed to be surprised that Sid Mashburn - which has two brick and mortar locations - responded to your email quickly?  Barbour is sold...
I'm on board with the Desert London's suede uppers, but the crepe soles are a deal breaker for me.  Here are two options that are in a similar price range.   http://www.amazon.com/Bass-PASADENA-Mens-Pasadena-Oxford/dp/B009PMADTW/ref=cts_sh_2_fbt   http://www.amazon.com/Bass-Mens-Buckingham-Classic-Buc/dp/B002LZTGI4/ref=pd_sbs_shoe_15?ie=UTF8&refRID=1ZT290SFYZ4VDFR3AQMC
Personally, I think the Jink is one fugly shoe.  The Desert London isn't all that bad, but I think you'd be better off going with a pure buck, rather than some buck-boot hybrid.
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