Gentlemen, several of you have mentioned the eBay seller who has been been listing a sizable stock of brand new Aldens. I just received a pair from that seller: a Leather Soul Leydon last color 8 NST Saddle Blucher. Quite certain it's this one: http://leathersoulhawaii.com/2011/03/02/alden-shoes-nstsaddle-blucher-lsw/
They are definitely "real" Alden shell cordovan shoes, definitely new and, frankly, show no sign of ever having been tried on.
They didn't come with the green Alden box but the seller packs the shoes with great care (see photo below). The box contained packing material and the shoes were stuffed with paper and tucked inside Alden dust bags - and then sealed inside a thick plastic bag.
However ... look at the spot on the vamp in the last photo. My guess is that this shoe was a reject or second of some sort. Given the price I may keep them, but only if I can figure out a way to minimize or eliminate that spot (which is visible in certain light, not in others).
NST Saddle bluchers: Add'l pics (Click to show)
If the #8 LS NST Saddle is a must own shoe for you & you didn't pay full retail, no brainier keep them. If the make-up isn't a must own & the spot will bother you, no brainier sell them. My personal approach to spots on shell #8 is that they add character as the shoe or boot ages, but that's just me.