Hi folks, new poster here. Quick question for you.
I recently purchased a pair of Strands in Walnut.
The pair I arrived in the mail (a replacement for a sizing issue) has a big splotch of what looks to be stray burnishing on the left shoe, but not the right. In the attached photo, you will notice the splotch on the outside of the toe area, and on the lacing (it is also on only one side of the lace rings). Apologies for the bad lighting - the marks are a bit darker than the photos show. I tried them on once, and I received the following comment from a family member: "Did you get ink on your new shoes?"
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The sales associate mentioned that this is perfectly normal, but I don't understand why burnishing on one shoe (in a random spot) and not the other is considered normal. Would someone tell me if I am being too picky or if this is normal for a new shoe purchased in the Allen Edmonds store?
Welcome to the thread! You have great taste as that is AEs finest model.
I am not the pickiest person out there, but these would not bother me personally. Although, frankly I have become more accustomed to the "character marks" on lighter Shell Cordovan models.
I hope that you enjoy your strands regardless of if you decide to accept or exchange. Remember that these are hand made shoes (well machine assisted)...