I was hoping to get some advice on my recent purchase of some Allen Edmond Carlsbads. Last month, I decided to splurge a bit and went over to the Allen Edmonds outlet close to my home and picked up a nice pair of seconds. Everything was great, except after I wore them, the weave came undone on one of the shoes. Thinking this might have been a byproduct of buying seconds, I sprung for the difference and got some first quality from Wisconsin. When they arrived, they were horrible (worse than the seconds I had). The leather on the weave was curled on one shoe, and the other, they messed up the weave pattern all together. So I took those back and did the same thing, and had a new pair sent from Wisconsin again. When I got these, one shoe was fine, the other had a tear on the upper, where the tongue attached. So, I took those back. This time, the store rep called around and found me a great pair of 9.5D in New Orleans and had them overnighted. Out of the box, they were great, but when I tried them on, they didn't fit. It was at this point I realized that the first pair were seconds because the leather was cut too small (they were also 9.5D's, but the felt far more snug). By this time, I knew I was going to Orlando and I knew that there's a retail store there, so I took them along. I returned them for a pair of 9D's, and happy with the fit, I set our. However, when I got outside, I realized the weave was undone (same problem I had with the first pair). I took them back inside, but that was the only pair they had. Sigh. I went back to my local store when I got home and explained the situation (at this point, I am uncomfortable going in there because they have been great, it's just been the shoes). The same sales rep that helped me, called New Orleans and found me a good looking pair of 9D's (the best fit). So those came last night, and they looked good except for a crack along the welt along the toe cap. They haven't been worn, so it's not creasing and I am concerned about keeping shoes that already have a crack in them. What should I do?
Sorry for the low quality pics. But notice the crack right above the welt.
Edited by I4CUTigers - 6/22/12 at 9:17am