Originally Posted by epc2
Don't like the look of the McAllisters ,of the AE line the ones I like are the McNeils, I'd consider quality and durability over price but the Marlows are at the top of the range I'd like to spend but if the quality is really better I'll consider them since I really like the color and look of them.
Well, McAllisters are calfskin and the marlow line is cordovan, so you're comparing apples and oranges there. In addition McAllisters are balmorals while the marlow wingtip is a blucher. If you like the blucher, you may want to look at the AE players shoe. It's been discontinued, but you may find it somewhere.
In my opinion, there is a discernable difference in quality between C&JxRL and AE or Alden. The difference in quality is definitely not worth the extra $500 ($600 if you buy AE seconds). The marlow line is ridiculously overpriced for what you get at full retail (considering you can get some exotic carmina shell for the same price), and if you're set on those I'd wait till around fall when the cordovan is expected to be included in the private sale.
My suggestion is, if you don't like the look of AE and want wingtips now, look into Meermin, C&J benchgrade (handgrade if you can afford it), and possibly Carmina.