Is the left boot darker?
Your Townleys have that Alden-like glaze. Mine don't look that shiny. However, I got them before that MTO.
Thanks @Kahuna75. Yup, split welt. I know that type of welt is more reflective of a rugged boot (ala the long branch), but these will be worn pretty casually. And it seemed to pair nicely with the lighter edge. I had plans to hit the edges with chili dressing, but might leave them as is.
Nothing compared to the heyday of the SF GMTO, but a small consolation prize.
While I am on this thread... Not shell, but... Here is a somewhat recent pick-up (that hasn't been posted here yet). Normandy with lug sole - the way those boots should have been made all along.
Non-shell, rather boring compared to others on this thread spoiler: (Click to show)
If only we could turn back the clock to the good ole custom order on any sale price item days. Makes me wonder if we asked for too much on the broadstreet order - or if it was only a matter of time anyway.
That said, my local AE SM said that a limited trunk show was in the works, possibly early spring. Fingers crossed!