I just bought a pair of the kenwoods today. I wear a size 9.5 in the Strands but I'm a size 9 in these. They are very comfortable. Although my heel slips slightly so I put in both tongue and heel pads. They fit nice and snug now. I bought them as a "beater" casual shoe and for $225 they were a great deal. However, for some reason they rung up for only $104! These are not factory seconds. The inner lining, inner sole, and the outer leather are all very nice and soft, but the hard leather sole allows the shoe to keep its shape very nicely.
If anyone is considering them, I'd suggest going to a store now and getting them for this unbeatable price.
I think the brown grained are discontinued at least that is what one of the reviews on the AE site say. You bought them in store?