I got a pair (first Gustins for me) and they also have a fleck of something dark. You don't notice unless you look very closely.I got the straights and find the rise to be a bit high, but maybe I'll grow to like it.
Could you touch on the fit between the original Smith vs. the Wilshire? I like the way the 34 fits in the Smith after it stretched a bit. The 35 Smith that I have stretched to be a bit large on me, actually. I'm thinking that the 34 will be the way to go in the Wilshire?
I've found that some new cashmere scarves and sweaters pill pretty hard at first, then they stop shedding and all is well. Like you said, my Johnstons of Elgin don't do that at all, whereas my Moon did.There's now way you can return a leather soled shoe that has been worn. I would take it to a cobbler and ask them to fix it. Then, send a copy of the receipt to Jamison to see if he'll reimburse? I always respond to my order confirmation email for the best results.