I just paid $350 a few weeks ago to Lands End for my replacement pair of CXL Bayfields. AE purchased my CXL ones back for what I paid originally which was $220. I feel they are still worth it at retail personally so for $167?! If you don't wear medium weight or heavy wool socks or do a LOT of walking in them TTS should still work IMO. Going up a half size in length worked better for me, but doesn't mean it will for you.
Cold Iron, yes I would love to see a side by side picture if it's possible. My issue here are 2 things. From a functional perspective, I have a narrow foot and low instep. The higher vamp lets the shoe envelope my foot much better. From an aesthetic point of view, I normally wear slim pants. If the vamp is short, then I think it may show my ankles which would be unsightly. It sounds like the difference is negligible. If you can confirm that as well, that would be awesome.
Yes the difference is pretty small and I do not think it would expose any more of your ankles, but I understand totally and will see what I can do get you a picture sooner than later. But if you end up getting those Lex you have to post a picture of them I have a narrow heel and low instep, I'm flat footed enough that I wear inserts in all my shoes and boots and the townley fits very much like my Leeds if not identical.