I have read posts in the past speculating that both C&J and Alfred Sargent made shoes for Shipton. I even once read that Shipton really was C&J. I do not know what is correct as to these, but it appears likely to me that Grenson did make your Bedford for Shipton. Grenson must have sent Bennie's every return, reject, etc., that it had. You could have gotten the only Shipton that Bennies' has or maybe they have many more. I only looked in 5% of the boxes at Bennie's. This is likely to cause a flurry of calls to Bennie's, as the very similiar-looking Weymouth is extremely popular among forum members. I got a pair myself from PLAL a few months ago, before the $70 price increase, but I still paid about $325.