Yep i did mate - i paid about $270 shipped as they were factory seconds, i think there was some marks on them but who cares.
Looking back im glad i went with the factory seconds AE's, but if 270 is too much i reckon go for meermin, im still gobsmacked by the quality of my tassel loafers. (yet to wear as I've been recovering at home from minor op)
If you have a US post forwarding service and want a pair of AE factory seconds email firstname.lastname@example.org. my crappy loyd black oxfords need a new sole but would prefer invest in a pair of AE's or Meermin cap toes, so we can spilt shipping if your keen. im leaning towards meermin, have a think
Is that just because the Meermins are higher quality?
I'll probably pick some up in a month or two (new shoes)