I don't think it is a scarcity of (#8 and black) shell. My source at Alden hq has told me that Brooks is not ordering as much as it used to.I think the best way to combat this is to get in touch with the Brooks corporate office and let the shoe buyer know. Call or send an email. I don't think it is wise for me to post names. I myself am jonesing for some #8 wingtips and ptbs.