If you want them, just get your name on lists... Just requires some patience, thats all. I am on the list at TSM for Ravello LHSes...
I wish it was that simple...TSM I was told is not taking anymore lists, pre-orders, or pre-pays according to the winery Ed. He told me he has too many pre-pays already and changed his policy on taking pre-orders due to the backlogs that are out of control at Alden and his personal trip to Horween where he confirmed they have no shell. If anyone has advice on a dealer that I can get my name on a list for Cigar, Whiskey, or Ravello LHS please let me know. Alden DC is not getting any size 13 Ravello LWB this fall, and size 12.5 is already sold. I am supposed to get a pair of Ravello PTB this fall but outside of that nothing else. I have not found any places like Leather Soul, Epalet that order size 13. I'm open to any tips on places where I could be on pre-orders for MTO.
I think it's intended to dispel the idea that shell is a delicate pain in the ass to maintain . Most of us here know better but it is a common misconception . Considering the present supply/demand ratio though it does seem a bit unnecessary
if this is what the shell shortage has left us with, it is going to be a long year.
I have a pair of alpine grain longwings and suede indy boots on the red brick sole and have to say that they are the most comfortable soles on any shoes that I have. I do agree that they are not for everybody and definitely ruin any pretense of formality for the shoes. I really like the look of the navy lwb but am not sure how I feel about the red sole this time around. I'm tempted to buy a pair and immediately switch the soles out.