Do it. This is the first customs sale I've seen (although my experience isn't as long as others). For my part, I was already planning to drop $1.5K on two pairs of shell boots, so 10% of that is not at all insignificant.
For those who are interested in navy shell, I thought it might be helpful for me to take a couple of shots of what I have from other makers:
Rancourt Blake boot, Carmina wholecut
I know I'm a crappy photographer . . . but hopefully these are useful anyway.
(1) Having only one speed hook seems odd to me. I would go with either none or two (or three). (2) If you do a split-reverse welt, you're changing what is ordinarily a dressy boot into something that's more casual, in which case you might want to get AE's equivalent of the "commando" sole (the name that AE gives it escapes me at the moment) instead of the V-tread. You might also want to lose the Indy lining and wheeling in that event. (3) When you say "transparent...