I'm about to list 2 things in the Mens Classifieds sections. PM me if you are interested and want first-dibs.
1 X Howard Yount Trouser Size 30 (100% Wool, Mid-Gray Nailhead) - Never Worn, Still With Tags, Unfinished. $120AU.
1 X Vass U-Last Punch Cap Size 42.5 (Dark Brown Calf, Single JR Sole) - Worn Once, Trees Included. $450AU.
I am selling the pants, as they do not fit. I am selling the shoes, as Vass recently changed Lasts from what I hear, and these shoes are too big for me (despite being the size which I have ordered religiously for the last 3 years). They would suit someone who usually wears 9UK.
you're welcome. certainly, it's a nice to have but not worth the hassle to send them around the world, imo. actually, you'd better wait for a recraft/resole for a better economical ratio.
you can also try to order the plates. the installement is not the biggest deal in the world. afaik, a cobbler has to order a full box, iirc 250 pairs. this is a barrier. also, the plates come in different sizes and different shoes require different sizes and shapes.
i would ask nick at b. nelson, if he can send you some.