I special ordered the Sea Island in my size (11.5B) and they delivered the wrong color after 6 weeks of waiting. I have since sent them back and told them to make new ones in the correct color, but I did get a chance to try on the ones they sent and get an impression. I also posted some pictures about 2 weeks ago on this thread if you want to check them out.
So my impression is they are great shoes. The suede was incredible... best I've ever seen (which they cite as the reason for being expensive as it is from some famous suede shop in Europe). They fit very similarly to the Kirkwood (which I also own and like), as they are basically the same shoe. A lot of people have complained about the price (which is high), but they are made of high quality suede, and are a beautiful shoe. Lot of people on this forum have spent much more on shoes they rarely wear... so if you think you'll put them to use, the price can be justified.
Thanks for the reply. Yes, i did see your review from about 2 weeks ago and i appreciate the review. It's one of the very few i've seen online in regards to the Sea Island.
Living in Louisiana as i currently do, the warm months are quite humid and my feet tend to sweat quite a bit. I'd like to have a shoe that i can wear sans socks, but am worried my foot will sweat too much. I was just finishingup posting a question to the AE staff on their website in regards to how the shoe is made and if it helps to prevent the foot from sweating. My guess is probably no, but i will see what they have to say.
I will probably pick up the light brown or blue pair next time I'm in an AE Store. The shoes look great and i don't mind the $300 price point. I will likely only wear them a couple times a month, so they should hold up so long as my feet don't sweat too badly. In a perfect world the light tan or blue would show up on Shoebank and i could buy both pair!
Do you wear socks with yours or do you go sockless?
Just put a topy on them and you will not have to worry about a resole../.the heels can always be replaced