Is the Ravello Plaza Indy something that Alden DC has run before or is it a totally new makeup? If it's just a re-order I can see it happening, but if it's brand new I wouldn't get too excited. We tried to get Kathy to make a group MTO Cigar boot (the "Thor" boot - see Bakes' profile pic) almost 2 years ago and she hasn't been able to get it confirmed by Alden yet. Maybe if you can keep it to around 12 people you have a better shot. I think there were over 30 people on the Thor boot list, and she was having trouble getting an order that large confirmed for a rare shell color.
Yeah, when I was at the shop on Monday, she was encouraging me to try on Plaza shoes. So I think she is willing. But, yes, part of her strategy is to keep the runs small. This is a new design to her. I got 25 PMs. Gonna organize it tonight to see which are multiples from same people.