Originally Posted by Bleedblue
Alpha11 - thanks for your comments. Keeping both even at the generous sale prices I snagged them at feels excessive; I attempt to wear my shoes regularly, and don't participate in the secondary market. As such, one additional is what I'm allowing myself for now! 😄
One thought: I understand your point (having read an earlier post you made regarding inventory and local stores), although my BB happened to be sold out of both shoes in my size. However, I must say I am not personally invested in BB's supply chain or inventory. I try to return things in a timely manner but at the end of the day I take care of myself and expect them to do the same.
I have no issues with you nor your method and really appreciate your comments. I only want to bring to light the effect online shopping has on in store inventory. Additionally, how the multiple handling of high end goods effect the condition of the item when they are shipped back and forth through postal agencies.
If the store is sold out of an item then have them bring in for you and try them on in store. Not only should you save on postage if the store brings it in but, until it is purchase they can track the item because it is still in store.
Additionally, this cut down the opportunity for the item to get damaged as well as items being returned without the proper packaging. Not saying you would however, I have seen shoes I have had the store bring in missing the dusk bags, shoe care instructions and even sometime the original box. For an item that cost 700-1500 I want it to have everything the manufacturer intended me to have.
I have seen instances whereas I have had my SA bring in shoes for me that was missing packing or were damage in some way as they were online return items. On one occasion the shoes had to be sent back twice and then I had to wait 2mos to get ones that were not online returns. I was told by the SA that shoes like Edward Green, Alden, and even Peal& Co are made in limited runs and takes time to allocate more stock due to importing of goods.
My view is by no means absolute so there will be known opposing views. I accept this fact and make no assertions or judgment. If you are going to shop online make sure you ship it back rather than being it into a retail location.
Other than that I would still keep both as they each offer something different aesthetically.