I have a pair of AE's that I bought in a thrift store that seem very old. There is a small square cloth patch sewn onto the interior side of the leather with a now-somewhat faded AE coat-of-arms. My shoe vocabulary is obviously somewhat limited. They aren't spectators, but the top part between the laces and toes is white and the rest is brown.
I think it boils down to when A-E started putting the code that indicated the week and year of manufacture inside their shoes. If they've been doing this for quite a while, it should be a simple matter to determine the year of manufacture.