I received the same email for the Tobacco (assuming it's the same "dark brown" you're referring to) LWBs. "Expected" date moved from 10/31 to 1/20/14.
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TSM order arrived yesterday. The Ravello is unbelievable. The cigar NST's are a little tight (not sure I can keep these). Its amazing how all 4 pairs of my Barrie lasted shoes fit differently.
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Here are pics of the recent 405s I got from the Shoemart, with the slightly odd leather. Pics don't really show it I don't think, but here they are anyway. I had just tried on some 405s in a couple of stores in recent months, so had in mind the stiff slightly textured cowhide, and these are softer and (again) look sort of like fake leather in person. Anyway...
These look normal to me. Is it possible that you previously looked at the Indy 405s at JCrew? I'm asking because what they call '405' is actually the Alden 403 Chromexcel leather-just a stupid JCrew quirk.
The Alden 405 is 'regular' leather and not chromexcel.