I picked up the Long Branch today at the NC outlet. The rough grey leather can hide a lot, but even as a second the toe area was perfect, which I couldn't say about two pairs of Dalton firsts I had. I would have preferred the deal on two last week, but I'm glad I tried in person as I actually had to go up a half size on the Long Branch.
I was secretly hoping to find a pair of shell Strands, but they mostly only had the Park Avenue. The brown shell looked great on it, but my wallet remained safe.