I don't believe I have heard of an NST on the Grant. I have heard of, indeed, have owned, NSTs on the Aberdeen, barrie, and plaza.
If anyone has a pic or a link, PM me. Thanks.
Many of the high-end shoe sites seem like they were designed when Alden created its first shoe. Probably not a surprise an email didn't get a reply.
Yes, actually most seem fine on email. Leffot, Epaulet, etc. have been great to deal with. LetherSoul photos alone can suck money from the wallet.
I picked up my black shell LWBs and PTBs from them at about that same price a couple of years ago. In fact, they drop shipped both directly from Alden when they didn't have my size. I will never speak poorly of them!
I found these two pairs on ebay. for cheap.
I got them back yesterday from the restoration and im very happy with the results. the #8 shell bounced back like new. the textured leather pair is much better than before and feel like new. I did not expect the leather pair to return so dark, but I really like the way they look on. The folks at alden even printed the model #s on the green boxes for the return, I thought that was a nice detail.
I asked around, no one seems to know much about the leather nsts. I think nsts are expensive to make, maybe they only do it for shell now.
I vividly remember this because the LWBs were the first time my wife intercepted an Alden package. She held onto it for a coupe of weeks without me knowing and gave it to me as a Christmas present! Thank God Sherman Bros. had that deal as part of an end of year holiday sale. I otherwise might have been waiting several months to get that present... props to my wife!