They got it right this time! Camera charging, will post pics.
Hardly any nicks or scratches on this pair.
The white stitching really does make a big difference in the overall look in my opinion. The brown stitching was quite nice too, to be honest.
One thing that is very VERY bizarre is that it looks like other shell cordovan this time (glossy). They also smell different than the last pair. I think they may have sent me CXL the first time. The leather feels totally different this time. Less oily. Also thinner.
Thank you to those who encouraged me not to settle for the first pair. These boots are definitely more to my satisfaction. I haven't tried them on yet, just inspected them. Wonder if I should hit them with some venetian before wearing? I'll definitely be babying these.
Think I'll take my dog to the game lands and try to scare up some grouse. This is turning out to be a good day!