Bob, don't worry too much, #8 make ups are pretty common, as it is not an exotic shell color.
pardon for the bad picture , these are the Chromexcel work boots from roden gray ,could not get mine hands on the roy boots and found these in roden gray,
just downtown Vancouver and realized that i got to have them!! , currently looking at the af53 from alden of carmel. i heard that shell cordovan are sized slightly larger ?.
Very nice. That photo looks a little dark, but in store next to Unionmade's Color 8 WT and cap toe, that is the lightest and best (IMO) shade currently stocked.
Stopped in at Alden Madison yesterday on trip to NYC. I was told there were no "rare" (I use that word loosely here) shell colors available with the exception of one size 12 Chukka in whiskey. They also still had the Color 8 SW Boot with commando sole on the shelf.