Just received my anniversary sale Bourbon McAllisters. They are gorgeous out of the box, but there were a few areas of concern on them that I wanted to run by you all. This is my first pair of AE so I'm not sure what to expect in terms of normal variation and quality control.
Here it seemed strange that the burnishing did not go all the way up to the broguing. Granted, this is the inside of the right shoe, but it is made more noticeable when I wear the shoe as the leather stretches away a bit more.
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This picture doesn't show it very well, but one of the teeth of the scalloped edge at the point of the wingtip is slightly bent upwards.
Here my concern was a slightly raised stitch and the scratch or lack of color where the welt is stitched.
The stitching here seems off, with a bit too much of the edge protruding. It can be bent back away from the seam.
Finally, another bent tooth of the wingtip edge.
I know most of these are very minute details. The only one that really bothers me is the stitching on the upper where the wingtip edge is much wider than any other part of the shoe. It seems pretty noticeable and really looks out of place.
Hoping to get some of your veteran opinions on this! Thanks in advance.
Those don't look too bad, but if they're firsts and you're not satisfied, you're justified in returning them.
I agree the inconsistently long pinking is the biggest problem there. I don't think one or two "teeth" sticking up is rare. I should point out, though, that the pinking on my Bourbon Strands pretty much all sticks up! This is likely from the opposite problem as yours, where the stitching is too close to the end. See below:
I just got my Bourbon Strands in the mail and thought I'd share for those wanting to see how they look in this shade. Also, for my first post, I thought I'd could rub in the fact that I have them before they are even available online.
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I ordered them back on September 22nd at their Dallas brick and mortar. I was just going to size them for future ordering, but the saleswoman was nice enough to put in the bourbon order early and honor the 15% off Rediscover America price.
I'm very happy with them. Walnut Strands are classic, but it's nice having something a touch different than everyone else... and having the same color on my feet as drink in my glass.
This was my first pair of AEs, so I didn't have much to compare to, but I've learned to love these shoes so much that I'm not letting it bother me. Though I am curious in hindsight if y'all would've exchanged my Strands for this issue. To put it another way, what do you expect from the pinking of a first quality brogue? Should they all be down and perfect, or is a little mayhem normal?