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Could you please give advice/opinion on whether this shoe should be returned?

Poll Results: Would you return this shoe and wait 7 weeks for a replacement?

 
  • 50% (1)
    no. wear the shoe
  • 0% (0)
    yes, return the shoe and be patient for a shell replacement
  • 50% (1)
    return the shoe and buy calf instead
2 Total Votes  
post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

Hi would you please give me your opinion on whether the shoe below is a blem, or just a color variation that goes with the territory when you buy leather products?   The piece of leather that includes the eyelets on the right side is discolored a lighter shade and it is particularly pronounced right up where you tie the bow.  That entire decorative strip is a somewhat lighter shade, but it is the piece where the eyelets are that really is bugging me... in person I'd describe it as looking a little like a reeses peanut butter cup that is way past the expiration date and has started to kind of whiten.

 

I waited 7 weeks for this pair and while I can return them, I'm not crazy about the prospect of waiting another 7 weeks.   If I set my mind to it, I can ignore it... but my eyes have keyed in on this issue and I'm convinced in my mind that they "look funny" from the right side.    Or I can just give up on the shell cordovan shoes (but the leather does look and feel soooo nice aside from this "issue")

 

Would you accept this in a $575 shoe or return it?

 

Not sure if pic is coming thru so i tried to attach it twice just in case.

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post #2 of 6
Im not really sure what you are asking here, if it is a "decorative strip" then its kinda redundant if it wasn't a different color. Are you looking for just a solid color on the whole shoe?
post #3 of 6
brush it, add a little conditioner and wear it. Getting 100% color match on shell is difficult.

you should see some of the RL shell I've seen and has been posted...it looks two tone.
post #4 of 6
Thread Starter 

Mentioning that the whole strip is slightly different color was kind of a red herring... that isn't my concern and I probably should have left that unsaid.  If the whole strip with the eyelets was a slightly lighter shade compared to the rest of the shoe it would be cool.  The left shoe has a little bit of that kind of shade variation.  But this trip has a slightly mottled vibe that looks like a finishing blunder to me... and is particularly light right at the spot where you tie the bow.

 

The left shoe is markedly more uniform and "mottle-free".

 

But the feedback so far is helpful.   If that turns out to be a consensus, then I will shake it off and keep the shoe.   That's why I came here to hear from the experts and enthusiasts.    

 

I wouldn't have picked this one out from a batch where there were three pairs of more uniform color along with this one.   But that doesn't make it a "no-brainer return" either ... (unless it DOES)....  that's why I'm asking.   I do not want to be a retail "return-zilla".

 

Thanks.

post #5 of 6
Well if you are unhappy with it then just return it, its YOUR money after all. But maybe some more pics would be helpful because i can't really see what you are talking about in the one you just posted, and its upside down
post #6 of 6
Thread Starter 

right side up... not much bigger ... but maybe a better view just because it is right side up (don't know why the first pic inverted:

 

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