I just got a new pair of (discontinued) Barkers from Herringshoes. Its a full grain calf skin upper. They looked fine at first glance but there seems to be a slight "issue" which i have noticed with the leather.
While inspecting the shoes, i noticed these marks- the leather seems "dry"? also, when i press the leather, this happens.
*picture is showing the right shoe and the "concerned" area is the left part of the upper (where your large toe is).
I think its worth noting that this happens only at certain areas of the upper, not the entire shoe.
1. Should i be worried? is the leather "old and dry"? - this assumption is based on the fact that its on sale and a discontinued model.
2. Should i condition them immediately? I know (from scouring the forum) that it is a good idea to do so when first getting a new pair of shoes. I did put on leather cream as a bare minimum.
Any further comments or advise would be great. If my post isn't clear do let me know and i'll try to take more pictures. Also, these are my first pair of calf skin shoes, so i know next to nothing about how the leather should feel and/or react.
send them back!! even for a sale and discontinued model this is unacceptable! conditioner wont fix the problem cause they already started cracking!!