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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)...

-Mike
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Thanks for the warm welcome! I've been lurking for quite some time and have found this thread to be extraordinarily useful.

Here is the photo that you requested:
 

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Again, the coloring is slightly off. But there are no such markings on the matching shoe.

 

Okay looking at the picture I'd say the colouring near the eyelets is a bit more extreme than I thought, but I'd probably still keep them. That's a lot coming from me, to be fair. Mike is right as well. But the ultimate decision is up to you!

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Hey guys just purchased some 1st neumoks.  There is some stitching that looks odd. Also,  there is a line of leather that is near the sole that looks unusually put together.  Is this normal for the Neumoks ?

 

 

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Thanks for the warm welcome! I've been lurking for quite some time and have found this thread to be extraordinarily useful.

Here is the photo that you requested:
 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 


Again, the coloring is slightly off. But there are no such markings on the matching shoe.

 

I would keep them. It will probably go away in time with polishing, etc.

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Hey guys just purchased some 1st neumoks.  There is some stitching that looks odd. Also,  there is a line of leather that is near the sole that looks unusually put together.  Is this normal for the Neumoks ? Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)





The stitch on the instep is perfectly normal and actually where the 360degree Goodyear welt starts and begins.

That sloppy stitching on the heel counter I feel is unacceptable and those should be an acceptable 2nd, but not a 1st.
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The stitch on the instep is perfectly normal and actually where the 360degree Goodyear welt starts and begins.

That sloppy stitching on the heel counter I feel is unacceptable and those should be an acceptable 2nd, but not a 1st.

I agree with Tampa. Though it shouldn't really Impact performance and unlined shoes are a little harder to make.
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The stitch on the instep is perfectly normal and actually where the 360degree Goodyear welt starts and begins.

That sloppy stitching on the heel counter I feel is unacceptable and those should be an acceptable 2nd, but not a 1st.

 

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I agree with Tampa. Though it shouldn't really Impact performance and unlined shoes are a little harder to make.

Not to intrude on the current shoe in question, but what do you guys think about the shoes I posted on the previous page? Looking back at them a third time now I actually see that both shoes have their medallions misplaced. Honestly, and surprisingly, I'm not too bothered by them, but it's the fact that I paid (almost) full price for the first quality shoe and didn't receive the expected.

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For people in Atlanta . . . 


YOU'RE INVITED

Friday, December 5th from 12-6pm



Allen Edmonds is giving away three FREE pairs of shoes during the Pearson's Corner Grand Opening Event. Join us and you could win a pair of boots, golf or dress shoes. Excludes cordovan, exotic and custom shoes.



LOL how did you get that invite? Seems a little far away from your home address. Can't make it on this short notice. I'll just daydream about winning a free pair and console myself at work with the fact that I never win prizes involving picking my name out of a hat.angry.gif
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FYI--I used AE conditioner (not sure if that was my post you're referring to) and it went away, but when I went to wear the boots 2 weeks later, the squeak was back, albeit much less noticeable. It may take a few wears and re-applications, but it seems like it's almost gone.

I just checked and yes, you recommended it (along with kahuna and kentyman). Some squeaks seem to come and go. Sometimes on my Black Hills. Guess these shoes give us something to do with our spare time. biggrin.gif
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Does anybody have experience in AE cordovan belts?
I found their $99 seconds at shoebank very reasonable.
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Does anybody have experience in AE cordovan belts?
I found their $99 seconds at shoebank very reasonable.

I've got all the colours, I love them.

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Thank you for the advice gents. Perhaps I am pickier than most, but no matter. Since these remain unworn, I will be exchanging them for a pair without the stray burnishing. These will be my only pair in this color, and I'd prefer to have one without noticeable markings on the most visible area of the shoe.

I'm worried that if I keep them, polishing might not remove the markings and I would be unable to exchange.

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The stitch on the instep is perfectly normal and actually where the 360degree Goodyear welt starts and begins.


That sloppy stitching on the heel counter I feel is unacceptable and those should be an acceptable 2nd, but not a 1st.
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I agree with Tampa. Though it shouldn't really Impact performance and unlined shoes are a little harder to make.
Not to intrude on the current shoe in question, but what do you guys think about the shoes I posted on the previous page? Looking back at them a third time now I actually see that both shoes have their medallions misplaced. Honestly, and surprisingly, I'm not too bothered by them, but it's the fact that I paid (almost) full price for the first quality shoe and didn't receive the expected.

I couldn't see the issue on the jingle mock shoes..when I looked originally.
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Brought out my first pair of AE (the pair that started it all!) for dinner tonight and gave them a quick polish. One of my most comfortable pairs - I love how versatile they are, as well. 

 

 

 

My collection is growing! Oxblood First Avenues are in production...

 

(Note - the Parkway box is actually a pair of 9 D Strands in Walnut, the Park Avenues are actually 9 D, not 8 D, and my pair of Walnut McAllisters are absent.)

 

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Not to intrude on the current shoe in question, but what do you guys think about the shoes I posted on the previous page? Looking back at them a third time now I actually see that both shoes have their medallions misplaced. Honestly, and surprisingly, I'm not too bothered by them, but it's the fact that I paid (almost) full price for the first quality shoe and didn't receive the expected.

Well I had a similar issue with my Red White & Blue MacNeil Wing Tips. The Medallions were matched up on my toes and centered perfectly, but towards the tip on the toe medallion..there was some extra stitching that made one area look like it was flipped up a little (similar to your pair).

I got my shoes as 2nds, but that's not why they were 2nds...my eyelets don't match up on each side of my shoe.

I guess the way I look at it, I wear them very few times a year (less than 5) and I get CRAZY amounts of complements regardless of the little flaw only I know about. In a world of square toed ugliness, your shoes will stand out! That's a good thing.

Personally I'd keep them, wear the heck out of them and have fun in them! They're fun shoes.

The choice ultimately lies on you. If it's going to bother you, return them.

Just curious, but what area of FL are you in?
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