Well, now I know why there's a shell shortage -- you bought it all!!
Is this a merlot FA? I'm longingly drooling. Wish I could of been around when those were went on clearance if it is.
You asked for it. Doing hard core shoe pr0n de-virginizing my brown shell Strands. Maiden voyage today.
I feel exactly the same way about my Strands. I do believe they are the most comfortable AE shoe I've worn. They're even softer and more buttery supple than my Cambridges. I'm glad I stalked and finally snagged a pair!
I've totally got to up my pants quality to go with these, though. Unfortunately, my waistline went the wrong way these past few weeks from Christmas food and holiday beer (Anchor and Sweetwater seasonals...)
One reason may be that they seem to have been having trouble with consistency on the burnishing. The bourbon was subject to considerable tiger striping for a while, if memory serves. That said, those posted have a wonderful patina and appeal to my tastes a great deal more than the bourbon I've seen in the store.
Oxblood and Chili are different enough in my opinion (though i personally wish they had stuck with merlot), but the point about not having a truer mid brown is a good one. Perhaps they will introduce something acceptable during the coming year, something without all the heavy burnishing, something more like the lighter mahogany from certain British manufacturers.