Regarding Adam, although his email responses to me have always been brief, he's always been very straightforward about what he has and what he doesn't. I've bought a couple pairs of "rare" shell LWBs from him.
Also, looks like there's a new boot for sale at Epaulet. I think someone on here was even asking about a makeup a lot like this one a while back: http://epauletnewyork.com/collections/new-arrivals/products/alden-michigan-boot-in-chocolate-utica-leather
looks similar to a recent Moulded Shoe offering