Is this guy any good? I've checked out his website and walked past his shop, with the following impressions:- average to poor leather;- mostly distressed styles, many look similar to op-shop pickups; and- nothing classic. The pair of double monks in the Fairfax article...they look average at best, and for $2000 a pair of Lobb double monks smoke them.
This is not the time to try to be "cheap" and order online. You are inexperienced with these brands, go to a C&J or Church's store, try them on, and buy them there. Trying to guess your size at the start is likely to end up costing you more in the long run...and what's more, it's nice to be able to see the range of shoes in store.
Buyers don't care though. If they realise they are on a blacklist, they just go and open another eBay account and use that instead. The unpaid item strike filter is effectively useless. In my instance, I had a douchebag from South Korea that was blocked because of unpaid item strikes, he opened a new account, made a purchase and 7 days later has not bothered to pay. And yet I cannot do much about this time waster.