I bought a pair of Carlyle in Walnut, in 9.5D, but they were too narrow (and slightly long). Just got a pair of 9E, shipped directly from AE (via Nordstrom, whom I purchased original pair from) and this pair is not as nice looking as my 9.5.
Left shoe has long streaks in the leather (right does not) and a bubble on outside edge where toe box meets vamp, and right shoe has some texturing near the right-side eyelets. Are these things too minor to make these seconds?
New shoe (9E) above old shoe
These are brand new firsts. I know every pair will look slightly different but is this totally fine? They are 25% off at Nordstrom but I don't think that should affect which stock AE chooses to send me, right?
I might accept them as seconds, but not with that level of striping on firsts. You are correct that a discounted pair of firsts should still be firsts. :)