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New Alden LWB - Is this a significant defect?

post #1 of 4
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Picked these up from the SF store yesterday. I thought I did a thorough job of inspecting them, but then noticed today that two of the hole punches still have material left in them. Is this a defect,or part of the character of Alden shoes? This is my first pair of Alden, although I have many AE, none of which have this issue.

Dare I just pull out the two leather circles, or will the underlying leather be of different color?

If this is just part of the uniqueness of the shoe then I'll move on and not think about it further. I guess I'm really just wanting to make sure that I didn't pay full retail for what should be a "second".



Edited by bamorris2 - 11/29/15 at 5:33pm
post #2 of 4
I did a thorough job of inspecting them

Not really but get over it and wear them.
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Originally Posted by bamorris2 View Post

Picked these up from the SF store yesterday. I thought I did a thorough job of inspecting them, but then noticed today that two of the hole punches still have material left in them. Is this a defect,or part of the character of Alden shoes? This is my first pair of Alden, although I have many AE, none of which have this issue.

Dare I just pull out the two leather circles, or will the underlying leather be of different color?

If this is just part of the uniqueness of the shoe then I'll move on and not think about it further. I guess I'm really just wanting to make sure that I didn't pay full retail for what should be a "second".



I'd try to see what it looks like underneath- if it's a different color, back to the store it goes. Not acceptable in my opinion, but also fairly common to have these types of defects on Aldens.
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Thank you all. Used tweezers to pull out the plugs. There were some threads or fibers that needed to be cut and pulled as well. A quick dap of polish on the edges and all is well.
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