I just different info from different sources. Note, I inquired only about the shell leeds. I contacted an SA (store mgr) at a Boston store who indicated that there are currently no promotions on the shell Leeds.They are listed at full price, $575. However, Edward Wickham at the Freeport Factory Store indicated that he could get both sizes I inquired about for $299. Since his price is so good and my sizes are available, I'll be going with the Burgundy Shell Leeds. He's ordering them so I can try a couple of different sizes.
Can anyone comment on the Macneil & Leeds fits? I assumed [incorrectly] that the Macneil and the Leeds were on the same last but they are in fact on the #7 and #1 respectively. If I had to size up by half (to 11.5D) from my brannock size for the Macneil, any idea if I should do the same for the Leeds? My high instep/high volume feet can create some problems and the SA at the State St. Boston store correctly recommended sizing up by half in length as opposed to increasing width to an E. He was very professional and knowledgeable but I can't justify the price difference. The factory 2nds are about 50% less than firsts. Fortunately, Edward can get both for me to try. I'm sure one will work.
As I posted previously, I was considering the Leeds and Alden PTB (and the RL Marlow thanks to kmdsimpson). Once again, the AE won out...due in part to price (OK, due in LARGE part to price) but I do like the slightly narrower appearance compared to the Barrie. Note, I found the same to be true of the Macneil vs. the Alden shell longwing.
Shoemart pics came in handy when making the comparison: Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Great pickup. I likely would have done the same if I didn't already have the RL version.
Now I'm really tempted to see if there are some Strand shells available in my size...