update: after sending in my shoes slightly less than a month ago, the replacement pair got fedex'd overnight to me here in canada. they also included 4 leather coasters and a shoe horn.overall, A+ customer service.
Received the Bourbon Dalton 2nd today from the RDA sales today. Couldn't see any noticeable defect (maybe I am just not that picky )
Replaced the thin lace with a spare pair of Red Wing boot laces.
Not sure why it took so long for me to warm up to Daltons. Could have been the thin stock laces.
Decided to pull the trigger on a pair of Bourbon Dalton on the last day of the RDA sales today. Sized up to 10.5D from my normal 10D after trying them in store (10D is too narrow and tight.) Additional good news is, I managed to get Shoebank to honor the original RDA sale price of $219. It is to be delivered tomorrow. Here's hoping that there aren't any noticeable blemishes on them.
The 30% + 15% sales are on for 'selected' items:
I was about to pull the trigger on Dalton but after reading some fit reviews on the interweb, I hesitated.I chalk it down as 'not meant to be' I also think I need to impose a moratorium on shoes given many of my shoes are still unworn or barely worn.