The last is, as someone memorably said about another pair of AEs, 'blobby'. The overall look just isn't very elegant - it is neither dressy nor truly a country English style (per AE website). I'd push into either more fashion-forward territory (interesting Mantellassi monks on STP for a VERY country effect: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/386,77972_.html
or a beautiful pair for the city: http://www.sierratradingpost.com/p/3...s-For-Men.html
) or go classic with a pair of C&J Malvern's from PLal (http://sheppardsdirect.com/id239.htm
While I'll grant you that my selections are far from perfect, and a bit more than you spent, I would say that if you paid full retail, you can still look at other makers (Tramezzas on Ebay, Saviles via PLal, Lodings, Loakes) for interesting shoes. For the Loakes, you might look at the Canterbury http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/produc...sp?si_id=93292
. And you apparently can get a classic Alden shell cordo monk on Ebay for $300 (http://cgi.ebay.com/Alden-shell-cord...QQcmdZViewItem
. Or a pair of fashion-forward Ferragamos (http://cgi.ebay.com/New-Monk-Strap-B...QQcmdZViewItem
But, as JLibourel will tell you, I have a fairly pronounced dislike of most AEs. Just don't like the looks. Now if you love them, and they fit you well, far be it from me to discourage your pro-AE proclivities.