To follow up on my previous posts about the messed up boot. Here's the second pair that I received that was also damaged:
Weird marking on the boot. Probably similar deal to the following photos.
Sloppy markings used to place different pieces? Same thing happened to my first boot, but the markings are slightly different. We didn't try using an eraser to it, but leather lotion didn't work - the sales associate tried to clean it off.
I don't know how picky I should be with the brogues, but I don't imagine it should be like this. I understand to some degree that there's perfection in the imperfection with hand-made shoes, but would you count this as the aforementioned?
Would this be glue? I'm not sure how shoes are generally constructed, so I don't know what the darkened substance in the brogues are.
It's not the horribly bad from farther away, but you can still make out that the brogues aren't clean. Some are darker and some are lighter.
I know I'm being very critical of the boots, but Aldo should be prepared to be scrutinized since they're trying to target a more sophisticated customer (the Styleforumite). It is a handsome boot for a relatively reasonable price, but I don't think they should get away with bad craftsmanship because of the cost. At the very least, the markings on the back and the scuffed leather shouldn't be there - that would automatically classify it as a "seconds" pair. I don't know much about the brogues, but I think that's sloppy work - not perfection in the imperfection. If it were glue, it should be cleaned or at least made consistent throughout the whole boot (all glue-filled or all glue-free).
I called in to customer service to state my case, and they offered me a discount on another pair and they expedited my shipping for free. I ordered the Bordeaux, which I will show you in the next post.
Please chime in if you think I'm being unreasonable or if you can identify what's going on in the brogues.Edited by joshyle - 12/23/11 at 9:21am