Originally Posted by Mark_Y
This is a bummer. I was thinking of ordering the black leather Chelsea boots. I have the brown suede chukka from Charles Tyrwhitt and really like them.
Any sources for a similar black leather Chelsea for around the same $$$ ?
Ebay, every once in a while. I picked up a black bruno magli, brand new, for about $43 or so from ebay seller shoetime, and a black C&J for Polo from ebay seller grapevinehill (aka, GVH) for about $200 (yeah, I overpaid here). I wear the bruno magli with jeans all the time (it has a round toe), haven't decided what to do about the C&J (this one has the very slim, chisel-like toe, looks very much like the 337 last).
In general, you should always be watching for polos and rlpl on GVH. Lots of great shoes, many which go well with jeans.
You could wait about 6 months, and the new AE chelsea that just came out for the fall should start making the rounds on Ebay and the outlet stores. It might even be available from the regular AE stores for 25% off - they occasionally have discounts for the new models.