Epaulet has reported repeatedly it would refund the deposits to anyonewho wwants refunds amd that it would hold the place for tthe refundees should the Messiah appear and the shoe is confirmed. Many people on the list for the MTO have repeatedly reported this policy as well. There is no news here. When the Messiah comes we will all be delivered, none of us will have this MTO because Alden is otherwise engaged and, you know what, we will all still be delivered with shoes on our feet that will be just fine for tthe wonderous occasion.
If someone really feels like this MTO is that important, make the Alden family sell the company to you and make the damn shoes. Either that or place the order with one of the number of shoe manufacturers that would cum in their pants for the business.