I've seen a few Vass calf shoes and boots with similar stitching issues. Oddly, the aprons on the shell models usually seem to be much more precise. Maybe the more experienced staff handle the shell models. Or, it's the same guy and he does calf on Monday mornings.
NMWA has great makeups as well. Instant gratification and no risk of order screw ups. People would be crazy to send everything back. I have two of the models and with the $577 sale price right now, tempted for more.
I don't believe these have been mentioned yet...now $635 shipped for new G&G in the great VR color. 9.5F. Someone please buy before I try the wide fitting myself.