Have any of us taken a look at Allen Edmonds Independence Collection shoes in person? Any opinions on how they measure up vis-a-vis construction and design? The local store has only had a couple of display shoes. I did notice that they have a level of finish much higher than the regular AEs and more in line with what I saw at the NYC C&J store. The soles were quite nicely finished. No shoes to try on so no way to measure comfort or fit. The leather was indeed softer than the other shoes but I'm hard-pressed to say it is better. More luxurious feeling, perhaps. Cost is around $400 which seem to be a weird price point. Has anyone bitten, or looked into them strongly enough to form an opinion?