Greetings, first I would like to say that I have been a long-time lurker, and would like to thank you all for you insight, advice, and tips on menswear. The admins and members of the sight are second-to-none and providing such information free-of-charge or, registration is invaluable! Gentlemen you are truly providing the community—Nay! The World! A great service!
Now, on to business:
I have recently purchased my first pair of Allen Edmonds, black and white spectator shoes (not seconds) directly from the AE website. As I am of mixed English and Mediterranean heritage I have owned Aldens and Maglis in the past. And, I must say I was a bit disappointed by AE's.
1. There were black scuffs, and outright inky spots on the white portions of the shoe. I would be worried that future polishings would only exacerbate the blemish – as I have heard spectators are somewhat difficult to polish.
2. The leather-lace body was not flush against the body of the shoe. As the stitching appears to have been pulled. I hope this does not signal structural issues with the shoe.
3. The shoe's soul is missing a bit of finish.
4. The insoles of the shoes themselves have some wear and too many scratches on them for me to think they are brand new.
Perhaps my expectations were simply too great. Or, perhaps I suffer from a yet-to-be-diagnosed obsessive compulsive disorder. Or, perhaps mine are simply a manufacture's defect that can be remedied with a simple return.
Hence, my appeal to you fine gentlemen. Are these minor imperfections passable? Or do they signal future problems with the shoes? There is a store located in the city of which I live that accepts e-commerce returns. If any of you feel I might fare better a second time around with a return, I will complete said task posthaste!
Yours in word and deed,
Black Scuff along upper black leather-lace
missing a bit of finish
pulled stitch and bubbling lace with poor finish
scratched insole 2