Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy
RTP is right about store availability. Just call the online number and have them do a nationwide search for your model and size. I have bought a few pairs that way.
Hands down superior in what way? Just curious ....
I own both the shoes in question (and like them both), but - questions of superiority left to the side - I find them quite different inasmuch as they are different colors of shell (burgundy v. brown), different styles (balmoral v blucher), different colors of edge trim (dark v. lighter), different thickness of sole (single v. double). Or have I misunderstood the shoes you are referring to?
You are absolutely correct Seven. They are very different shoes in all the ways you have outlined. However, for me the RL Marlow is a disappointment. I have tried similar C&J bluchers before and had been extremely impressed. When I finally acquired a pair of the Marlows, to my disappointment they were so uncomfortable to wear over long periods of time (6-8 hrs) that I avoid wearing them. I will certainly concede that they look great and are constructed well, but somewhat painful to wear. I must also add that my sizing is correct, but the shell (or lining, or something ??) is very hard and unforgiving to my foot. It's like wearing a concrete shoe. I don't know if I got a bad shoe, seconds, or what?? I suppose it's left a sour taste in my mouth.
The BB shortwing oxford is a wonderful fit (very comfortable), looks great, has some versatility even though it is a bal/oxford. I think the eyelets create some opportunity for versatility (dress up and down some). I suppose I've lost some perspective and objectivity when commenting on the Marlow because of my poor experience and I thank you for raising your valid and accurate points.