[tl;dr: eBay jackpot!]
The Rutledge in brown has been a bit of a white whale for me; since they were MTO, they weren't easily available when I discovered AE (Rutledge had already been d/c'd). Cut to a few weeks ago, where an inexperienced eBay seller with sub-par feedback was selling a pair in my size for a very low price. The description also didn't match the photos well, so I had no competition and the price was low enough it was worth the gamble. As I've stated, the Rutledge is my favorite AE style (and fit!), so I basically won my personal shoe lottery.