newbie-type question: does Alden ever offer the #8 cordovan shell plain-toe monkstrap in a last other than the Aberdeen? I know the monk has been offered with the Plaza last in calfskin, but have they ever done something in #8 shell with the modified or trubalance lasts, or similar? thanks.
"Alden" doesn't really vary from its standard line-up of shoes. "X" model is offered in some calf and black/color 8 shell on the "Y" last. Certain retailers will order runs of special make-ups; some are one-offs and some are signature-type make-ups where the retailer will have it in inventory as their special make-up.
The monk strap isn't the most popular shoe - there is less buzz associated with it. IMO a retailer isn't going to tie up the cash for a model that won't sell out quickly. Tom at Leather Soul did a NST monk strap last year in Ravello which is my favorite pair of shoes but aside from that I have not seen another special make-up monk and wouldn't expect to see many in the future.