These are definitely awesome! And I'm very happy you have your MTOs. At the same time I'm jealous! I have to wait another day or two to get mine . . .
So, being one state over from AE headquarters means my "Paul Grangaard" MTO arrived today. I went for a pair of Kenilworths in walnut shell and I think it came out pretty good. I specified some poron insoles and was a bit worried that it might affect the fit, but thankfully the shoe fits fine and not all that different from the try-on sample the ladies at AE sent me to verify my Kenilworth size.
The walnut shell color looks great, and ever slightly lighter than another pair of shell PTB's I recently received that came out much lighter than it was supposed to. So I now have two pairs of tan/dark tan colored shell PTB's at my disposal. The Kenilworths will serve as the blobby pair (check the pictures below ).
Overall, I'm very happy with the MTO experience with AE and I'd like to thank Mr. Grangaard for the nice offer to the SF community.
Onto some quick pics:
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Compared with the aforementioned other pair of shell PTB's, which is Carmina. The 5-last doesn't look so sleek anymore, which is OK here. It would be kind of difficult to justify two pairs of sleek PTBs in almost the same color.
I hope you guys enjoy the pics. Now let's see some more MTO's as they get shipped!