I've lurked a little in the Marlow thread. I'll have to look a little deeper.
The 2 last is a mystery to me and that's a good point about the split reverse welt and the last.
Sizing is even more confusing I had a 9D for the Norwich, it was way too tight and gave me blisters in the back so I got a 9.5D which is a little long but bearable. I have the RL Sandersons in 9D which feels a little long as well, but too tight. I was recently measured as a 8.5E on the Brannock when I thought I was a 9D.
However, there isn't much in terms of options for a short wing blucher from AE is there?
Don't get me wrong - the player was a fantastic looking shoe - but a lot of people had fitment issues, and that would really suck to get these great shoes that don't fit you right. No, there are no other options for a short wing blucher from AE (currently)