ok, no pics yet, but heres the deal.
I sized up one full size from the CJ 348 last. The shoes fit well, but a bit more loosely than what I'd normally wear. That said, they fit well. I find the vamp to be good for a low instep.
Packaging was fine, I got two shoe bags. Wish they were flannel or similar though.
Now, the quality of the leather seems good, maybe slightly below C&J benchgrade, slightly above AE. Stitching and assembly seem to be quite good. The finishing leaves a bit to be desired though with some black or dark marks around, and some small areas where the dye didn't take or didn't reach. Overall, I'd put finishing slightly below AE.
The style and design is more european, no question. The last is pointy, but elegant. The vil would have been ridiculous I think.
Overall, for the money, I'd put the LMs slightly above AE, but not earth shatteringly so. At the price, they offer a good alternative if you like the sleeker stuff, but I reserve judgement based on longevity.
I'm happy with them though, and they exceed expectations for a shoe that runs $280 or so before shipping.