I've found the information, and especially the "in the wild" pictures in this thread valuable in assisting me in my shoe search, so allow me to make a small contribution: I purchased a pair of Eagle River boots from the AE website. Sizes were limited, so I went with a 10.5 E, instead of an 11 D. Close but no cigar as they were a little tight on the right "wee wee wee" piggy. The leather on the boots was very thick and spongelike, but harder and more solid on the burnished toe and heel. I tohugh maybe I would get an 11D that popped up on the shoebank, but the wife seems to like the Longbranch better, especially the Chromexcel. I might get those when the sale starts Monday. Here is a pic. You can see the color is closer to what is shown on the website, a little darker than the real life pictures that are floating around. I thought the biggest difference form the official pic was the sponge-like quality
and lack of shine of the leather.