I need some SF expert advice. I just bought these Santonis new-in-box on Ebay and have the following issue. I'll note that the shoe was purchased off a credible ebay "shoe store" and was not on an auction. The price was about 55% off retail.
To start, both shoes have a looser upper around where the top of shoe meets the ankle than an identical Santoni pair I already own in Black. I bought these since I like that other shoe so much. The main issue is the left shoe and the slight wrinkle or bow in this area.
I read up on this and understand it can occur from improper storage or can even be a manufacturer defect, I'm nearly certain it's the former. Here's why, I put shoe trees in them for the past 3 days since receipt and I feel like the shoes are already "tighter" in the areas mentioned above. The one shoe with the noticeable wrinkle is still present which annoys me. However, when wearing as shown in one of the pics I can't feel it and it's hardly noticeable.
So what do you guys think? Return because this is a material defect or issue? Or will the shoe mold back to shape in that aread after a few shines, wear, and continued shoe tree storage? Or even if it won't reform to original shape maybe it's a Non-Issue as it is nearly unnoticeable when wearing?
Thanks everyone, I appreciate the advice. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
This is probably why they were 55% off. Probably factory seconds. For what it is worth, they look soft and comfy. If it doesn't affect your gait I wouldn't let it bother you. I would wear them without issues.