I just packed a pair of CXL and black calf Bayfield's up to send back for exchange of a gift card for what I paid for them. One is a second. With the poron insole I really needed to size up a half size but wore them for 2 years pushing through the tightness anyhow. It is AE CS that is buying them back, not the outlet and I told her they have been worn hard and are not resalable. She didn't care how worn they were, she was the one that told me she was buying them back, I didn't even consider asking and wouldn't even dream of it given their condition and length of time worn. The CXL is a past slightly worn, this is between the Boundary Water Canoe Area and North Shore of Lake Superior last year:
Personal Opinion Only:
If Allen Edmond boots and shoes were constitutionally protected in the same manner as children - some owners would be imprisoned for abuse, and their boots placed in a foster home for better treatment.
Uppers of boots showing consistent long-term neglect over the span of years could have been easily maintained between jaunts and excursions with some loving care. The overall time invested can be as little as 10 minutes. Socks which appear to have been maintained with exceptional care do not correct the terrible appearance and condition a man may permit his treasured boots to suffer through.
We are all stewards of great possessions. And with that stewardship comes the responsibility to care for them - whether children or mere Allen Edmond Boots that may be a size off.
I have been mildly guilty myself in lapses of maintaining my AE shoes. My rationalization may have been that a very good polish would last a few weeks - but to my embarrassment at times, the colleagues I worked with on a daily basis would gradually out-shine my lot as the days wore on. Hence, I was converted to a better discipline, and I now enjoy the fruits of an investment that will last longer than my years on this planet.
Aside, even if I was offered a 10 year no-questions-asked return policy from AE, there comes a moral moment where I would have to ask if I am treating others as I would want to be treated in return.