Eric, as per your request. The NSTs are old Ravello, the LWBs are new Ravello. The Strands (medallion cap toe) is Walnut Shell.
They should get lighter with age, correct? Pardon the question but I'm considering purchasing my first shell Alden and debating between the Ravello LWB or the #8 with Antique Sole. Right now I have a pair of Alden Shortwings in calf that are already a dark burgundy.
They are on the aberdeen last. A barrie lasted (semi-casual) monk intrigues me also. I ordered an AE Norwich in Brown shell during the Rediscover America Sale hoping to score a similar shoe. AE's 1 last usually works well for me, but for some reason it was too narrow in the forefoot region, but the tightest buckle setting was really loose (too wide). The shell was also terrible in appearance. The calf version I tried in store looked and felt pretty good. I ended up returning them. I've never tried the Alden monk.
I say LWB, but I have a serious bias.
Lighter old stock ravello^^^^
^^^Newest ravello (very dark), two year old ravello (reddish)^^^
Not sure why they are darker. I think I like the old, lighter color best, but I am pleased with all of my ravello.
I saw this on eBay earlier, 10.5 Alden Ravello LHS (http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=380770809295&ssPageName=ADME:X:PROI:US:3160) and thought of some guys here.
This is not my listing/item, but I thought I would share the tip in light of discussion on "rare" shell. Cheers.