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post #1 of 16
Thread Starter 
Hey guys,

Based on the pics below (sorry, had to use iphone), can you give me thoughts on construction and quality?

Thanks!











post #2 of 16
Looks like bad finishing by any standard. Return/exchange if you paid retail
post #3 of 16
This shoe looked like it skipped QC, maybe the person checking was on a cigarette break that day.
If retail, return for refund or exchange.
post #4 of 16
Thread Starter 
Are you guys referring to the last pic?
post #5 of 16
Quote:
Originally Posted by jrd617 View Post

Looks like bad finishing by any standard. Return/exchange if you paid retail

Quote:
Originally Posted by Klobber View Post

This shoe looked like it skipped QC, maybe the person checking was on a cigarette break that day.
If retail, return for refund or exchange.

+1.
post #6 of 16
I think it's difficult to make judgements on the construction quality with those pics, particularly the last one. I have a few TF shoes and they're okay, a bit fashion forward and you pay a bit for the name but otherwise construction is decent.
post #7 of 16
Thread Starter 
The last pic makes it look like the shoe is falling apart, but it might have something to do with the flash on the camera I used. I took another look at the inside and there is nothing like the deterioration as seen in the pic. Odd.
post #8 of 16
Shoe looks great, just curious - How much did you pay for them? If you paid full retail, there are plenty of better quality shoes for that kind of money.
post #9 of 16
Thread Starter 
Paid $500 (marked down 50% from $1000). They had a few left at the Madison Ave store (also some boots).

These are my first oxfords with such an elongated last; how much space should there typically be in the toe box? I ask because feet obviously don't become narrow as they hit the end of the shoe (i.e. an elongated last doesn't mimic the shape of the foot).
post #10 of 16
They look fine in terms of quality control. A tiny scuff here and there can happen just sitting around in the box. That interior shot is a wee bit alarming - looks like some 'shop wear' on the lining?

Other than that they look pretty good for $500.

Rock on.
post #11 of 16
They look fine to me. You would get more wear than that wearing them to cross the street.
post #12 of 16
Thread Starter 
As I mentioned before, there is no fraying visible to the naked eye (the inside has a suede like texture, so there is some 'shlubiness', but not deterioration). I think the flash did something with the contrast.

On a side note, the boutique isn't bad but the SAs are hit and miss. One was very distant (I guess he didn't think I would buy anything) wheras another one was friendly.

Shirts are half off as well ($260) but only a few sale suits and SCs left.
post #13 of 16
$500 is fair price. I don't think there is a set rule on how much toe box space should be left, it's totally up to how you like it. I personally would not want a last that is too elongated which would end up looking like a pair of clown shoes. If you think they look abnormally long, just return them if you're not 100% happy.
post #14 of 16
Thread Starter 
They fit fine actually; they don't feel loose when I walk in them. But there is some space at the end of the toe. The outsole length is the same as my 9D AE Fifth Aves, but which has a rounded last).
post #15 of 16
Toe space is not necessarily a bad thing. About an 1" to 1-1/2" is very normal in chiseled lasts/sleek shapes.

As long as you like the looks, and they are forming creases behind the cap seam you are good to go.
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