I noticed something recently in the reviews of the Carlyle. Apparently AE has removed the leather cap lining on the shoes around the ankle on the newer Carlyles. Since mine was made some time ago, it has the old-style cap. It's not a huge deal, but I prefer the old style better, as the new one style looks a little rougher. I'm considering purchasing another Carlyle someday in either oxblood or walnut, but I hope they go back to the traditional cap lining.
Yup, it's horrible. Yet another in a long line of "f*ck you's" from AE while they pump up profits and shave off refinement. They did this to the MacNeil as well where they removed the piping. It's one reason of many that I've switched to Alden. And when Paul says in his AMA that it's due to customer demand, he's full of shit. The Carlyle is not a casual shoe. What the hell happened to this company? They are sh*tting all over their legacy.