Followup for the below issue - AAFES took the return without any issues. It took a little while to complete the whole process. They had me ship the shoes back to Allen Edmonds directly, then asked for a fax or scan of my return shipping receipt to reimburse shipping costs.
Getting a new pair required a new order through the special order program. The new pair arrived today and both the below issues were resolved. My right ankle bone isn't rubbing, and the padding is attached well.
In my experience the shipping times have been quicker than the estimates. First order estimated 4-6 weeks with the price quote, then estimated shipping in 2 weeks on my order receipt, and ended up arriving 9 days after submitting my order. Second order estimated 6-8 weeks with the price quote, shipping in 2 weeks on my order receipt, and arrived at the 2 week mark. Both times I was surprised since I never received tracking.
I hope your happy with your Leeds and that you will post a picture in full dress uniform wearing them soon!
Also I hope that you don't have to go through that again however if you do... When dealing with AAFES Special Orders and there is a QC issue I call AE CS directly. They email you a shipping label and you send them straight to the QA department. AAFES can just get in the way sometimes. AE customer service has always been great to deal with IMO. I've always received an email notification from AAFES about shipping and even from AE when I go direct, strange that you didn't. However because I am fairly close to AE in distance it is usually the day after I get the shoes.
Thank you good sir. Yes, Joel Etchen custom 687\682 Gold E with EELL wood. Realized the other day with all the money I've spent on shell and shoes\boots I could actually be shooting a Perazzi instead, maybe even a complete 4 bbl set. But I'll stick with what I have for now ;-)