Good evening. Long time lurker and first time post here on the Official Alden Thread.
I bought my first pair of Aldens nearly 10 years ago. The classic Indy 405. I have worn them hundreds of times but babied them over the years because they were my first and only pair of Aldens. They still look nearly new, but with a nice aged color. They are also easily my most comfortable footwear. Last year, I started to get hooked on shell boots. My first pair was the #8 Epault Brixton with antique soul.
This past Friday I paid my first visit to The Shoe Mart. Wow, I was totally blown away by that place. I intended on buying black shell wingtip boots and I did. I wasn't expecting to see or buy any rare shell colors because of the "shortage" and the fact that I have average 9D feet on Barrie and Truebalance. But guess what? I also walked out of the store with Cigar Indys. The employee who helped me with my purchase (I don't remember his name) also said they had some varieties of shoe and boot styles available in Ravello and Color 4. Because I was well past my expected budget, I didn't ask what style or sizes they had. But he made it sound like some of those could be had.
I'm not here to stoke the rumor mill regarding exotic shell availability, and I probably should've asked him more questions, but I also wanted to let everybody know that he didn't even bat an eye when I asked about the Cigar Indy. He walked out of the showroom and emerged 30 seconds later with Cigar in size 9. Perhaps the Alden gods were shining down on me last Friday or perhaps it was just dumb luck. I'll post pics sometime soon after I figure out how to use this forum.
Thanks to all for your information and pictures shared on this forum. Amazing knowledge and even more amazing collections!