I received my 2030 Charcoal Calf in 8 today.
I had some concerns about sizing but went with the recommendation from the folks at Viberg.
The Alden Indys below are 8.5 and the 2 boots are almost the same in length.
As reference, I'm 9 on the brannock, 9D in my AE shoes, 8.5D in Rancourt loafers.
The Indys are a bit wider in the forefoot and thus, a bit more comfortable (suede also helps), but I appreciate the more slender profile of the 2030.
Since I'm in CA and I wear dress socks, the 2030s are not too snug width-wise and in terms of toe wiggle room, they're in between the indys and my dress shoes.
The heel is locked in nicely and I have enough room between the front and toe.
The one concern I have it this crease on the outside of one boot. It's a bit softer than the other boot in the same spot and doesn't seem like a dent made by the edge of something hard.
It definitely is a crease of some sort, though none of my other shoes have creases in this spot after much wear.
Any thoughts on if this is acceptable as part of the guidi leather patina/variability/character?
The rest of the boot is great, stitching is spot on, reverse welt is smooth and even and the calf leather with lining is surprisingly thick.
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I wouldnt be happy with that, particularly if it feels thinner in that area. If the consistency of the leather isn't uniform that area will always be a more likely point of failure, and that is not going to improve with wear (most likely it will get worse). I'd try to get something else, preferably in stitchdown.