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.
These totally look like they are new. I'm making a mental note of this when it's time to have one of my shoes recrafted and balking on the wait. No one knows Alden the way Alden does. Thanks for sharing.