They're basically brand new, insole, leather etc...they only thing I could think of is if someone bought them and wanted a rubber heel and had it put on new. Trying to get a better picture of the markings to help out.
Anyone ever seen Crockett Jones with a rubber vibram sole? Got a pair of "Made in England" with markings similar to C&J including "348" which is a C&J last...but the vibram heel is throwing me off...they are made for a different company.
Now you got me dreaming of shell...lol. Had a pair of AE Cambridge in Walnut and some Walnut Sanfords that were both gorgeous too. My wife thinks I have a problem with shell, I'm happy to buy shell (not even my size), polish the crap out of it and make $20 reselling just cause I enjoy bringing them back to life.
I'd proudly wear any of the vintage Hanover or Florsheim shells. I like the Alden's but I think the prettiest pair of shell I ever had was a pair of Hanover LB Sheppards that were vintage NIB. Gorgeous shoes.
What size you need, I see Florsheims on Ebay all the time for around $50, sometimes even better than that...and I've usually got 3-4 pairs of unmarked shell on my watch list that aren't always worth a flip but would be good price for personal use.
I think this is my first SNAD case i've ever had opened against me...guy is claiming some scuffs on back of shoes (claims not pictured) and that he wasn't expecting deep creasing on toe box. I'd gladly take them back, but I'm not going to let him win a case. 12 High res pictures from every angle, I'll be interested to see what he sends in pictures that wasn't shown in my pictures.
I've only been "caught" once, and the guy was pretty cool about it. He was more surprised that his old shoes looked that good now and was just questioning if they were his. I claimed they didn't fit and i had cleaned up to resell.