Originally Posted by PeeCeeBee
Based on the pictures shared, it seems that the leather was forced into an odd concave shape. Though I do not have experience with AS yet, this definitely doesn't look they passed QC from a reputable shoe maker.
Perhaps you can consider dropping a note directly to AS for clarification?
The 724 is probably one of the more angular last of AS. My old Moores weren't perfect (if I had to nit-pick the arch wasn't as "tight") but they were on par with what I would consider AS' work; they looked pretty much like @ThunderMarch
Originally Posted by DinSko
That can´t possibly be whitin what AS accepts in terms of defects. They look absolute horrible. Return them ASAP.
If these are "horrible" I would hate to hear how you would describe AE...
Originally Posted by papercut
was looking to purchase the same exact pair, i'm gonna have to think real hard about purchasing from AFPOS if that is their reply.
not only are they denying the problem, they do not seem willing to rectify the mistake but hope a 'weaker' customer would accept that defective shoe.
Lots of assumptions there. Out of respect for AFPoS, since this is their official thread, such comments should warrant some evidence or personal experience... at least a communication with them before such a critique of their business practices.
I've purchased numerous shoes from AFPoS and most of my AS from them. They do provide excellent customer service, with competitive prices, especially during sales. It's not their fault if shoes are not constructed to satisfaction. I'm sure returns/exchanges can be worked out.
Honestly, if pristine is expected, that's where G&G and EG come in. AS provides a nice go-between the aforementioned and the Church's, Loake's, and Barkers.