yes the rubber stack split a little bit.
here is a close up:
The manager at my AE store stated that she only uses two brushes. One for tan/brown. One for black/merlot/burgundy.
AE fit guide works well as long as the scaling is 1:1 and the two sheets are put together properly and you tape down the guide. After that, the brannock or fit guide sizing is just a starting point. You may need to tweak the shoe size depending on the last.
allaboutshoes does not do returns. Nordstrom is a safe bet for a first pair. Their return policy is very liberal. If you want a size they don't stock, they can order it from the factory and have it drop shipped to your home.
these are firsts, picked them up through military exchange (AAFES)
- I will call AE customer support tomorrow to see what they can do as well as local retail store to see
if they could switch them out for me.
yup I didn't post the other picture but on the other side of this heel there is a slight split, where
your red line is as well.
The AE heel split is an unfortunately common issue that is easily repaired. The problem is the glue AE uses. AE said they will repair, but recommended I simply take them to a cobbler to repair with a little glue so as to not be without my shoes for weeks.
That's my 0.02.