Thank you all for your advice.
I'm no expert on Cordovan, but I understand that it's core property is a really tight, compressed pore. Apparently when the tannery is completing the leather, a glass bottle is used to compress the leather. It is important that the pores not be allowed to expand. This is why Saphir has a specific Cordovan Polish formulated not to expand the pores (which regular polishes can).
It is possible that the water caused the pores to expand, which is why the shoe is creasing.
You could use a Deer Bone to try to re-compress the pores and smooth out the creasing.
Hope this helps.
Sorry about the shoes!
I will try this, don't now if I'll be able to find deer bone in Hong Kong, but I'll order online if need be.
Screams too big to me. The crease does look wicked, you're right.
If you can afford Aldens, can you afford custom shoes? It might be worth it for you if you have different sized feet and are dropping $500ish per pair.
Do both shoes look too big? Or just the left?
I'm not quite at the point where I want to go down the custom shoe route. My feet are just slightly different, perhaps half a size at most. (Actually, my left foot has like a 20% arch while my right foot is almost totally flat, so the shapes of my feet are different in themselves.)
Originally Posted by Joenobody0
Alden will produce a pair of shoes in mismatched sizes for no extra cost. Your salesman should have known that. Consider shopping elsewhere in the future.
Here's what I would suggest.
- Take a damp warm wash cloth and give your shoes a quick wipe down.
- Quickly dry them off with a dry wash cloth. Make sure to rub the creases.
- Repeat a few times
- Take a spoon, or buy a deer bone, and rub the creases until they get warm to the touch. Continue for a while longer.
- Apply Reno
See if that helps. If not, and it really bothers you, send them back to Alden for a recraft.
I'll give this a shot.