I was with Mr. Pollock when he bought all five pairs of his J&M Hand Mades. I was also there at Bennie's, with both he and Comolli, after their famous luncheon. Mr. Pollock did not name any of the shoes "shovel soles;" instead Louie did. Both he and I would probably call them trowel shaped, like the gardening tool, the tool that Olympic runners Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddle used to dig their handmade starting blocks in "Chariots of Fire." Mr. Pollock could not find anything exactly with the same sole on the web (although he had seen custom-made ones years ago in Milan that were similar), but since the Santoni's were somewhat of the same idea, he used them to illustrate. Â Â Â Â Mr. Pollock did not buy any trowels or shovels himself, as they did not have any in his size. His five pairs all have regular soles. They consist of two mahogany wingtips, two black cap toes and one mahogany cap toe. He also got five boxes, but only one was velvet lined. His shoes came with three different kinds of shoelaces. Â Â Â Â Here is why everyone is not getting the velvet lined box that the shoes originally came in: Bennie's is quite large. It has three types of selling areas or displays. As to the shoes in which it has a full stock (90% of its shoes), AE, Foot Joy, Florsheim (and other similar junk), etc., it has the typical shoe store displays, shoes displayed around the store by brand, with one shoe each of the various models in each brand on display. In other words, against part of one wall it will have the Allen Edmonds display, with one each of the twenty or so models which it has in stock. If you find one you like, the salesman will go in the back and find the original shoebox containing your size and color. You always get the correct box. Â Â Â Â As to shoes in which it only has broken sizes, they are displayed out of their boxes, on tall large racks, by size, with 50-100 shoes on the rack for size 9, the same number for size 9.5, and so forth. If you buy one of these, they will give you a shoebox, but it will not likely be the box the shoe originally came in. Â Â Â Then, on the counter, near the cash register, Bennie's usually has 3-6 pairs of shoes, all which are really one-of-a-kind, even some mismatches. They may or may not be in boxes. Mr. Pollock bought his first three pairs of J&M Hand Mades over about a nine month interval, each time about two-three months apart. He goes to Bennie's every 2-3 weeks due to its excellent shine man, and due to the fact it has a huge stock of laces, polish, trees, etc. Three separate times he saw one pair of J&M Hand Mades sitting on the counter, each time in his size. Each time he was told that this was the only pair that Bennie's had and it probably would not get any more, so he bought them. These three were "seconds," were selling for $200, and were stamped "FS" on the bottom. Although he could find nothing wrong with them, they were finished differently from the last two he bought, with a simpler heel and/or basic lettering on the interior, just "J&M." Â Â Then about 6-8 weeks ago, the larger stock of first quality Hand Mades arrived. He bought two more. These sold for $250.00. Since the sizes were broken, Louie took most of the normal widths (B-E) out of their original boxes and put them on the racks. He kept most of the unusual widths (A-AAA and EE, etc.) in the back in their original boxes. That is why some of you are getting the original boxes and some of you are not.