Of course much of it comes down to personal preference. If you have the chance to see these in person I highly recommend doing that. For instance, I was considering bourbon Park Ave but when I saw them in the store I decided otherwise. For me, any brown darker than walnut needs some kind of broguing. I didn't like any dark brown or bourbon in Park or Fifth Ave but loved the Strand. Again, personal preference but for me it was much better to see them in person if you have the ability.
Any suggestions on a darker brown shoe to consider looking at when I stop in?
If you aren't near an AE store or outlet, or a Nordstrom or other dealer, scroll through member pics on the right side of this forum. There are hundreds upon hundreds of photos of nearly every AE shoe, and most look far better than in their AE website pics. Good luck to you! J
EDIT: In case it wasn't plain, this comment is directed to Fiddle's post above
Thanks for the responses.
I have a AE store near work so I'll have to stop in again. Last time I was in, I just looked at the walnut strands and fell in love with them. I really just wish I could buy them all, seems much easier than choosing one over the other.