I just got my Macneil Cordovan seconds this past weekend. I remember seeing someone post here before about an uneven heel and could not find the original.
Is it normal to have this large of a gap in the heel?
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I have another pair of macneil that does have a slight uneven-ness to them but not to this extent. But that heel is made of rubber.
I have two thoughts on this:
1. the apparent unevenness might be due to the double sole being very stiff. It might reshape itself over time as the soles break in
2. to me, it seems that heel replacement is a minor job for a good cobbler. Even if the heel is a defect, I'd be inclined to keep the shoes, as cordovan macneils are not easy to come by at a seconds price, and then have them repaired if it really bothers me.
Just my two cents. I'll check mine when I'm home one night and see how they look - also shell MacNeil seconds, still not worn outside.