I just completed the full 641 page length of this thread. At some point in the near future I'm probably going to summarize what I've learned based on the predominant sentiment during each "phase" of the thread, as there have been some major shifts. That said, today I have a question.
I have only worn this pair of boots twice. I very much enjoy them, the leather is of, what feels to me, very high quality. Very soft and supple. That said, I have a concern with each individual boot. I apologize for the terrible photos ahead of time, I didn't want to break out the dslr for these particular shots.
The first boot has a peculiar crease forming.
It looks to me like it should be 2 creases, but in the middle of each crease there's a little mound of leather kind of poking up. Seems strange, wanted to see what you all though.
The second boot has some scratches/pitting on the toe. I noticed it when I first received the boots, I think they will probably polish out OK once I get around to polishing them, but again, just looking for opinions.
Not that I am an expert, and if I am wrong about this I encourage somebody to correct me, but it seems to me that there's no incompatibility between soft, supple leather and pronounced creasing. I mean, it seems like creases would form easily in soft leather, just as cordovan, which is rather stiff stuff, tends to roll rather than crease (I'm guessing this is because cordovan, as stiffer stuff, spreads out the forces applied to it more, but that could be a lie-for-children).
That crease there doesn't look unusual to me. What is an unusual crease, though? I mean, it seems to me, if I put my shoe on and flex my foot as I do when I am walking, I will see where it bends, and thus where the creases form. If I had creasing that was inexplicable (ie, apparently unrelated to the forces I put on the shoe), then I would be curious as to what caused them.
You're certainly using trees, aren't you?
As for the scuffs on the toecap, that's what they are. It seems like the toe has some applied burnishing/darker polish, and there seem to be scratches in that.