Found out exactly what my pair of Allen Edmonds were today by IM on their website, sent them the model numbers. Their called 'Bourbon Burnished Sanford's', I would have put money down that they were Walnut or Chestnut. I didn't even know there was a 'Bourbon Burnished' as it was discontinued even before the Sanford's were. AE still makes shoes in a Bourbon but it's a much darker brown than the discontinued Bourbon which is a light brown/orange/yellow color, really varies on the lighting.
Still don't know what year they're from as the AE rep was unable to look that up but, I believe it was mid - late 90s, based on the colors/models produced then. There was a newer version of Sanford's with 4 eyelets before they were discontinued, where mine are the older version with 5, the 4 eyelet ones didn't come in Bourbon, it seems to be somewhat scarce/rare or maybe other people don't talk about the Bourbon Sanford's they own on the internet.
Time to get your mind ****ed, try telling these 3 shoes apart... I would have never known for sure what I had until I contacted them today.
My picture of my pair: Bourbon Burnished Sanford's
Walnut Sanford's: Note only 4 eyelets
5 eyelet Walnuts :
Chestnut Sanford's: These are even more similar to my pair than the Walnuts IMO.
Model numbers are crucial to proper identification. The color portrayed in pictures of these lighter colored leather shoes depends highly on the lighting and shine. I've got to say I like the color on mine better than the other two and I'm glad to own the rarities.