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I see your pair is just like mine.  I have the Voyager in blue.  On the right shoe, where I tie the knot it just barely catches the top edge of the tongue--just like yours.  I thought about sending them back since it was a little uncomfortable for me but I just ended up not using the top set of eyelets and knotting the shoes farther down on the tongue.  It works for me.
I noticed the jump in price too.  I think they're still cheaper than Aldens.  A lot of people prefer Aldens, not me.  Maybe some people can tell, but I can't tell the difference in the shell between the two brands.  My feet--specifically my arches--can tell the difference between the two brands.  My feet prefer Allen Edmonds.  I have a pair of Alden monkstraps in burgundy shell and I don't like them much.  The buckles are too dainty and the straps don't feed through them...
I never took advantage of the special MTO program.  If I ever have the desire to express my individuality by designing my own shoes, I guess I'll have to wait until I'm famous like J Lo or Jay-Z and start my own line.  That, or go to the Parson Design school and compete with the other students for the nod from AE.  Most likely, I'll let the pros at AE design the shoes and I'll buy the ones that resonate with me.  I think that my next purchase from AE will be a pair of the...
I had my first experience ordering something from the new shoe bank website.  I just got a pair of 12E Ashbury seconds boots in tan that came from the Charleston, SC store.  They look and fit great.  Two thumbs way up for the service provided by the shoebank and the Charleston store.
Great idea and a great looking site.  Saved to my favorites.
I liked Hannah Morgen Smith's ideas most of all.  She seems to have the best understanding of Allen Edmonds mission of all the candidates.  Her single monk strap wingtip was her best idea--make it with cognac Dublin leather and double oak soles and a split-reverse welt and a much bigger buckle and I'll buy a full retail price first quality pair.  Hannah gets my vote. 
Either send them back for a refund or keep them for $125.00 and learn to like them.  It's too late to chisel the seller down now.
I went to the Port Washington factory store this morning. I scored a pair of Clark Street seconds. My usual size is 12E, but I went with 11.5EEE and I'm happy with the fit. I got the shoes, a clearance belt, and a seconds quality pair of trees--all for less than $250.00. If I had been able to stick around for a couple more hours, I might have got the chance to meet Wisconsin's governor Scott Walker--he was scheduled to arrive there at 2:30.
I disagree.  That would lead to people buying a new pair of shoes and then nitpicking some minor flaw and then swooping in and scarfing them up as seconds.  People are too picky as it is.  
The guy has already admitted that he has not only worn them, he has done some fiddling around with polishing them.  AE customer service is fantastic, but if they take the shoes back they won't be able to sell them as firsts or seconds.  The shoes will probably end up being sold on ebay by the Hitch-n-Post for a song to someone who wouldn't care about the dimple/wrinkles--all because of a "flaw" that wouldn't even be noticeable after wearing them for a week.  
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