Marlow is an excellent shoe. Especially with more country/casual outfits.
I wear mine with cords and moleskin all the time.
If a Corthay Arca is the 10 of sleekness...I would rate the Marlow a 3.
However, considering they are two very different shoes for very different occassions...if we were to rate the Marlow strictly against other shoes in the same category (vass budapesters, etc.) I would rate it a 6.
Would the Marlow and the Vass Budapester lie in the same category? The Budapester is a monster, a real shoe-nut shoe. I don't mind a solid shoe; I'll even wear a blucher with a suit, but I wouldn't wear the Vass buda with any kind of fit. You could fit a Mack truck in that toe-box.