This is too funny.
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I checked with Allison, and the Imperial can not be made in MTO. They no longer have the die or last. To bad. She did say she would suggest passing along my idea to bring this back. I think they should do a webgem where they bring back some really old models that have not been available for years. That would be awesome. Maybe do a survey from dedicated customers like us here at SF to vote and determine a handful to bring back.
I'd second the idea to petition AE to resurrect this shoe. Allison must have been surprised to get this exact same question about a 53 year old shoe from two people on the same day. I emailed her as well earlier today.
I must admit they do look stunning.
It was from a local store. I grabbed one of the last pairs but there were a couple more pairs in dark brown at the time. Not sure now because this was 3 days ago. Anyway its ok because I think I will go with the brown cordovan strands I ordered last night from the $299 cordovan sale on seconds. That was seriously an impulse buy which I was thinking about cancelling while I was still trying to make the decision between mcallister vs strand in calfskin. But it shipped, so I guess I'll just forget everything and go walnut calf strand and brown cordovan strand. Now I need to go deal hunting and hunt down some black park avenues.
A quick research suggests that Kent last is probably an older name of the current 7 last. Browsing the 1963 AE catalogue I found that MacNeil has been built on the same last.