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Brown She'll Daltons. Supposed to be 12 E more like a D plus. Also not thrilled with the reddish brown. I already have these in burgundy shell and this shade of brown doesn't match my brown shell belt. Every brown shell I get from AE is a different color. For 750 I expect more. I like them but don't love them like the 12 E burgundy pair that fits and is a "true" color.
Those look more like the "Deep Dark Brown" shell from the trunk show than the normal AE "Brown" shell (Horween Dark Cognac).
Paul's quote from the recent AMA about shell colors could explain a shift to the darker brown, or, to a darker brown:
Hi Paul - any word on extra shell colors? Also, how about a shoe in the new hornback leather you're using for belts right now? Or shark?
New shell cordovan colors are tough. Because of the complexity of the cordovan dying/waxing process, getting colors to be consistent is a real challenge for Skip, Nick and team. Since there's such a shortage of cordovan leather, they'd rather make surefire winners than have trouble getting a light brown just right to our specifications. That's why they like to do darker shades and why we haven't done another round of walnut. I doubt the shortage will ever really alleviate. Like all leathers, cordovan is a by product of other uses of the animals. There are fewer and fewer needs for horses all the time, especially horse meat. And the demand continues to grow. So, I think the safer route of dark colors will be with us indefinitely. Shark is always a possibility. I haven't thought about hornback -- interesting question.
@Burzan 's pics are beautiful. And thanks for the snow blotched before pictures. This weekend, my same-brown shell Long Branches will get similar treatment, earned through hearty usage.
The new MTO / custom program should easily shave costs and improve efficiencies across the project from order to build. And that bodes well for an occasional run of lighter shell. Eventually.