Thanks for the PSA, got a pair of boots in tobacco suede incoming from NY. Checked out Costa Mesa today, very little there. I'd have ordered a pair of the black boots also, but already have a pair incoming from EBay.
Considering I already purchased a pair of Lopez in Black Misty Calf, I really want my next shoes to be "clear and not mistaken brown" in order not to have 2 different pair of shoes mistaken as the same pair. I even found the Dark Brown Museum matching belt, which would be a really nice addition, though someone could say it "I am trying to hard" ..
Dark Brown Museum is clearly brown in any light, except when the light is off. The mottle effect is also quite evident, probably except in low lighting, but in a very good way. I see no problem having the matching belt. Well, the only problem is trying to afford that after buying the shoes.
Unfortunately I moved to MI now (I used to be able to walk to the JL NYC store) but if no one in NYC can pick them up and proxy, I can have them shipped here and I can send them to you. It's going to be a little more but I guess that's at least a plan B.