Seriously, I was thinking about a meetup this month, except I was going to suggest Taverna Aventine, which is a stones throw from Zoetrope. Maybe I shall arrive downtown betimes such that I can imbibe at both locals.
Gluing the lace together and then never touching them might work too but yeah, maybe contact where you got them and maybe they can sort something out. That sucks, though. I'm never even going to mess w/ mine.
^Oh damn. How hard did you pull? Did it just break w/out much effort? IMO, I don't think you're supposed to actually pull on those. I mean, it's not like you can actually tighten the shoe. I would trying mending the lace somehow....maybe just a couple of stitches. If you can source a matching lace, maybe a shoe repair place can relace them. Depending where you are, sending them to Carmina might be really costly.
^I'm curious, do you not like them? Are you looking at a different type of shoe or a boot? I don't know....there are few Alden's I would trade for a pair of WT Marlow's. Maybe something in ravello or #4 on the Plaza last. I have a pair of ravello WT boots and I still prefer Lindricks to them. Personally, I feel the cognac shell and the shape of the last of the WT (compared to Alden's Barrie) is pretty hard to beat.