So the Alden factory is back from vacation and ... they're confirming orders. Orders that include whiskey, ravello and cigar.
This doesn't mean that your favorite retailer has the shoes at the moment but it does mean that Alden has the shell and they are begining production. All is right in Aldenland (good thing too because they've apparently lost the Australian market).
FYI only: This past Wednesday I was told by Alden NYC the following: "the factory just told us they are out of whiskey leather and we should not expect any whiskey shoes for a minimum of 6-8 months."