Originally Posted by Hermitedge
I understand, but my fingers are itching for a boot and I needed an Alden shell in my life. Stinks the one(s) I want are currently/tentatively/eternally unattainable due to a lack of availability. Was thinking of going the non shell route towards the C&J Skye or cap toe...
I wonder how Alden figures out when to fill certain orders. We know a lot of ravello has popped up recently, but a lot of that has been in "stock" models (chukkas, longwings, etc).
Sometime boots pop up out of the blue (like the Unionmade ravello captoe boots - I don't recall that being publicized in a preorder or anything), so you have to be diligent. If you want rare cordovan, "stock" models like longwings, PTBs and chukkas seem to pop up more often than some of the high boots.