I'd say that is NOT an orphan. The weight looks too heavy for a suit. I think it can be worn just as it is. In fact, I've had SCs exactly like that one.
The first pic looks like the early stages of a crack, which leads me to believe that leather must be pretty dry. The powdery white around the crack indicates they were probably wet and improperly dried. If they were mine, I'd be reluctant to invest the $100+ required for a recraft in a shoe that far gone.
I would agree with this assessment of the shoes.