Sharing a story with a point that is other than what may appear obvious in the beginning. I think Don posted these on Monday and as @alcibiades said, they were as nice as any Alden blucher I've ever seen. I thought about reaching out to AoM and decided it would be a waste of time. Fast forward to this morning and the email I got indicating that one of their stock models that I had expressed an interest in was in stock and they wanted to know if I was interested. I respectfully declined and jokingly indicated that I'd take one of those cigar shortwings. It was completely written in jest but I understand that context is tough with email. I got a response in less than 5 minutes and the first sentence read - you may have just hit the lotto. Apparently someone changed their mind and he was just about to put the pair on the floor. Shoes are being shipped to me today. I got my whiskey PTB's from AoDC under similar circumstances. As someone who doesn't have the retail connections as others, I've found that getting rare shells is often a matter of luck. I also believe that you can make your own luck with extra effort.
The point of the story is never to assume and always be willing to make a call or send an email if you see a shoe you really like. The extra effort can pay off.
Appreciate the comments on the story and it has a happy ending. See-gars arrived today and they are flawless.
Very happy with how this played.