Apparently the blind squirrel found the photobucket nut. I am waiting for a pair of Carmina Brown shells in Simpson Wingtip from the Paris store, as well as MTO medallion toe Carmina oxfords from Epaulet. That said, for the money I paid on those two pair alone, with many years of experience and 60+ pair of shoes, some displaying a gross lack of judgment, Meermin cannot be approximated by anyone at that price/value point, including their relatives from Mallorca. I wish I had discovered earlier . The cuero shell cordovan, while Argentinian, looks good. It certainly is not Horween, but far better than the so called shell from Japan. Until disappointed, I will never look back at AE with any real admiration, as Meermin does much more, with pricing AE cannot match. If you talk about AE "sales" well, that is a diferent matter. AE is now attempting to foray into the chiseled toe with the Chelsea boots, and Flatiron medallioned toe. I commend them for that, but until they broaden the classic English last models, they are simply a Joseph Banks made in in the USA. I've got to shut up as this is a Meemin thread, and I'm bashing a US company- I sould be applauding as the loss of the Nettletons, Florsheim etc.. leaves only two standing, both of which make fine shoes.