You are 100% right BUT the difference is that I live in Moscow - "country" of snobs - if you are involved in a kind of "serious" business youve got to look perfect. Its not like here (based on my 4 months experience in Boston)
Another question of aesthetic nature - do you find those shoes still look decent? despite "obvious defects"
These shoes are awesome. Shell cordovan is very different from calfskin--it sounds like you didn't know that before you purchased but who's fault is that? Maybe you should have read the first 175 posts on this thread.