Sometimes things in the thread become misconstrued. I walked into two pairs of exotics. Fortunate for me to say the least, there are some retailers who only sell specific models to specific clients. It is certainly their right to do so. I think the chief complaint of some is the lack of equitable opportunities at some models. People are certainly allowed to express their frustrations and others are free to reasonably agree or disagree. This thread is consistently a model for gentlemanly conduct and I appreciate all who participate in the thread for said conduct.
Anyway back to the shoes/boots we all love.
I too have lucked out obtaining rarer shell. I landed the Alden of DC cigar captoe boots and the Leffot ravello LWB off B&S and when I put my name down (no deposit) for Cigar Indy's, J Gilbert called me the next month to tell me someone backed out of their current order while Alden of Madison Ave emailed me a few months later that the order was in (which I declined). I was not a customer of either at the time so it can be done.
Back to boots, for you 11Ds who like scotch grain, these look pretty nice: