In my opinion, this shoe is an improvement over many A-E designs of recent years, having a more graceful toe line than is often seen on A-E. Still, it is clunky in comparison with the British double-monks: the EG Westminster, JLobb William, or C&J Seymour. There are two main (and several lesser) reasons for this: (1) the line of the vamp is somewhat bloated, not having enough concavity in its sweep, and (2) the 360 degree welt forces the sole/heel line to somewhat overwhelm the shoe. I've come to the conclusion that A-E isn't interested in making a really elegant shoe, and also that many shoe buyers don't want elegance in a shoe, instead preferring a beefier example. For me this is fine in regular-wear work or casual shoes, but not in dress shoes, and, as a result, I currently own 8 pairs of A-E shoes, none of which, however, I wear for dressier occasions like parties, dressy outings, or fancy events like the opera. In addition, for me, the best-looking monkshoes are those with a plain toe and long tapered vamp, like the EG Troon or Oundle, the JLobb Jermyn II, and the C&J Savile, and I definitely prefer single- over double-monks. Still, I think that this new A-E will garner some interest.