Would cordovan dress shoes (alden dark burgundy perf cap toe oxfords) be appropriate for academic interviews (positions at professional schools)?
My other options are brown calf half-brogues, and dark brown calf moc-toe loafers
well that's what I thought too (subpar hide), but when a shoemaker with 40 years in the trade tells you it's the fit... I'm trying to take it educationally :) (but they're your shoes, so I understand that you would feel differently!)
good to know that you believe it's the sizing, and the way the user first creased the shoes (perhaps not using the pencil-on-vamp for the first few steps)and not something to do with the quality of the hide.