Funny, we think alike! I almost immediately sent Richard an email, then I stopped myself. Now I have a number of ideas that I am going to email him about to ask for his help in narrowing things down - after I fully get used to the idea of how much money I'll spend! Those Tricker's scream for a group MTO; but I don't think I'm ready to deal with the logistics of that. Excellent point about Paul at AE, too. Of course he knows what sells, and their churning out all these styles that some of us criticize must be based on them selling. I look at J&M as the example. Years ago they really were the Great American Shoe company, at least in my book (I'm pretty sure every president before Reagan - or including him - wore J&M's). And I specifically remember being in a shop when a salesperson told me they had a new CEO who had a marketing background and had all these great ideas. Since then, they have dramatically expanded their line, lowered their quality, and changed their styles. They are also part of a larger conglomerate now. But obviously it must be working. Maybe we should be thankful that AE is keeping its quality and heritage with mainline shoes while dipping into this fashion pool, instead of abandoning those great products altogether, like J&M has mostly done.