This is my first post on SF, though I'm a long time reader. It's a shame to start off with a negative post but I need some advice - I bought a pair of Foster and Son "Elgar" Oxfords in their January sale, and after having worn them 4 or 5 times in since then I sat down to give them a polish this afternoon.
On picking them up to give them a polish I noticed that the sole was coming away at the toe, and that the sole appears to be some kind of composite, despite them being badged as leather soles. Here are a couple of iPhone pics - as decent as I can get.
I'm fairly shocked at this - I bought a pair of their Westbury shoes also, and the soles on those don't look great either. I have just called the shop, explained that the soles appear to be some kind of cardboard rather than leather and was asked to bring them in - the fellow was pretty curt with me, but didn't seem overly surprised. Has anyone else had issues with Foster and Sons - in particular with their sale stock. The shoes had a couple of tiny marks on the uppers and I was told they were in the sale because of this - I'm now wondering if they wheel out sub-par shoes for their sales. I would appreciate any views on what these soles look like to other people - my other shoes are Church's, Loakes and Barkers and have had no similar problems over the years. I thought this was a step up in quality but it looks like I was wrong.