My understand was that it means they were from a retailer like the Shoemart that doesn't really do custom makeups.
Here's something I don't understand--why Alden spends their factory resources on models such as this. Perhaps they don't and and the market has yet to deplete the last run of these from 1988. When I hear that a chromexcel boot has been pre-ordered for over a year (where material supply isn't the holdup) I wonder how they prioritize production at the factory. It's a friggin' mystery, and creates this game we all love to play.
I am not sure if that one that you've pictured is part of the "Cape Cod Collection" but I believe that a lot of those in that collection are actually produced by other makers for Alden (such as Eastland or maybe Rancourt in the past). So in the long run it really isn't Alden factory resources being used up.
And, more importantly, this. I think a lot of the people in this thread likely over estimate the percentage of Alden business that comes from $700 shell cordovan shoes.