A man can never have enough boots, wingtips, or brown shoes IMO. However for the first time I don't see a single thing in the newly released shoes that I need to have. I hear you.
I think the group originally asked for a natural split reverse welt sole which we were told was not available. My thought was the same as yours so I asked what natural soles were available
The Leeds are my workhorse shoes and I can't imagine going without them. The black calf Leeds was my first AE shoe and the #8 shell Leeds was my first shell. I purchased both long before I discovered SF and bar lacing so the grooves from the laces are cut way too deep into both that it is too late to change them now. Likely will do bar on my custom brown shell Leeds when I get them however.
My only regret is that the black ones are calf instead of shell. But I blame Mario and Adam for that because of the great pictures they posted of their black shell Leeds. Seriously though you can see the micro creases in the calf that develop over time which bucksfan talks about, and that shell does not develop.