I sent you a message in Ebay.
I decided I do need another pair of black shoes.
AE will price match Nordstrom, but it depends on the SA whether the price match will apply to colors that are not on sale at Nordstrom.
Looking at the Mcallister on AE's website, they appear lighter in the pictures than in person. Assuming because of the studio lighting used to take the pictures. But I think in person, the color is much more distinguishable.
I'm not sure I could pull them off or match them with my daily wardrobe but man are they gorgeous.
It took me a while to learn that lesson as well. Over the years, I've tried to make a fair number of ill-fitting (mostly sale) shoes work. I've tried wearing them for a few days, inserting slightly larger shoe trees, insoles, etc. In every case, they eventually ended up in the back of closet. Nowadays, they must feel good out of the box.
However, I'd never sold anything at ebay until just recently. Just this week, I sold off a walnut westchester, chili manhattan, walnut georgetown (rubber sole/AE collection) and a pair of J&M Made in Italy. I ended up with close to $400 in a week!
All to new homes:
I do think that taking the time to clean & shine really helped. They all sold for more than my BIN price with one exception. The Manhattan were $9 less than my BIN .
Now I'm on the fence about selling off my old-school burgundy shell Macneil's as well. I got them last year when they moved a ton of 1st quality shell via sales. I'm a brannock/TTS 11D with a slightly high instep and ever so slightly wide foot, but still a D width. The Macneil in 11D was too snug and in 11E I was swimming. So at the suggestion of the SA (very helpful) I went with an 11.5D and eventually added a thin insole. After a year, I'm, finally coming to the conclusion that they just don't work and I'm probably better suited to Alden's barrie lasted LWB in color 8 than the Macneil's 7 last. That said, my burgundy shell Leeds in the 1 last feel like they were designed specifically for me.
I never thought the 5 last would work for me either, which is sad as they have so many nice models on that last. FWIW, the Kenilowrth is the one 5 last shoe that works for me. Guessing its the blucher lacing.
I think their burgundy is true and, in person, clearly distinguishable from brown.
I do think it's a deep burgundy as compared to say, Carmina or Loake which I find to be a bit too red.