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Quick question for you guys. While lacing my new B&M boots, I noticed several "ripples" in the leather on the outside of the right toe box, where the upper connects to the sole (this creates a sort of lumpy feeling when you run your finger on it). At the same place, about 1/8" of the top of the sole is exposed interior to the welt stitching, and the medallion is consequently shifted inwards and off-center. Is this something I should be concerned about from a performance perspective? It's fairly noticeable, as I'm really not somebody to scour over new shoes looking for imperfections, but aesthetically it doesn't bother me much. Still I'm concerned it's a defect that could worsen over time, and I'd obviously like these to last for a while.

I spoke with Yenni, who has been excellent from start to finish (and already offered me something for my troubles) and she said she thinks it's just cosmetic, but that Alden would probably agree it's defective. If it's worth the hassle to me I can return them and wait for the next order to come in (six months). What would you guys do?
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Personally I don't think that will impact the performance of the shoe or boot. Since it's a PT design, it's going to crease like crazy anyways. Personally, I would probably keep it, but if it bothers you to much, return and take the next run. If it were a tighter pattern, I may have considered returning more.

-Mike
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I just interrupt them at the same volume with "THESE BOOTS HAVE STEEL SHANKS" and the "You fucking douchebag" is implied with my tone and facial expression.
Ha. I said that once, very politely, and the guy responded, "shanks, huh?!?" and approached me. I said not that kind of shanks, and he proceeded to check all my stuff. So now I just say they are steel toe.
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Looking good Ben! How do you find travelling through airports with the boots? I may wear a pair for our holiday trip.

I find it to be entirely tolerable, in fact enjoyable. I try to remember to wear something with hooks to speed things up; admittedly I usually end up forgetting and wear my 4060.

I just applied for a NEXUS which includes TSA precheck which will be nice, but I think the support shanks will still require removal at security?

Safe travels!

What happens is the TSA guy will yell at you "YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF THIS IS THE PRECHECK LINE" when you start to take them off.
At this point you have a choice of listening to TSA guy and having the shoes inevitably beep and you have to take them off anyway, or you just continue to take them off and the TSA guy glares at you for not listening and "DON'T YOU KNOW THIS IS THE PRECHECK LINE YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF".

Let him/her know your stance--propose a wager that they will ask you to take them off.
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^ I would not bet the TSA guy they will make you take something off. Begs for a more involved treatment. Better to lay low I've found, even if you know you're right.
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What happens is the TSA guy will yell at you "YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF THIS IS THE PRECHECK LINE" when you start to take them off.
At this point you have a choice of listening to TSA guy and having the shoes inevitably beep and you have to take them off anyway, or you just continue to take them off and the TSA guy glares at you for not listening and "DON'T YOU KNOW THIS IS THE PRECHECK LINE YOU DON'T HAVE TO TAKE YOUR SHOES OFF".

Lololololzzzzzzzzz

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I just interrupt them at the same volume with "THESE BOOTS HAVE STEEL SHANKS" and the "You fucking douchebag" is implied with my tone and facial expression.

Dude, you know I can picture this perfectly. I love when you get sassy!
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There's no need to be pretentious about the shoes we wear. A simple smile paired with a "these shoes always seem to set the scanner off" would suffice.

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Color 8 Leathersoul wingtip
Bresciani OTC




The airport is interesting. I have to remove my Aldens every time through TSA pre. First world problems 😉
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A stranger sitting next to me this morning at starbucks covertly snagged a pic of my alden boots. I dont see any post here so here they are in their parking lot glory

Superb. This is why color 8 is king. I think these would win my "if I could only own one boot" contest.
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Personally I don't think that will impact the performance of the shoe or boot. Since it's a PT design, it's going to crease like crazy anyways. Personally, I would probably keep it, but if it bothers you to much, return and take the next run. If it were a tighter pattern, I may have considered returning more.

-Mike

Thanks for your thoughts. Judging by what I've seen you post in this thread, I feel pretty comfortable following your instincts wink.gif
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Thank you Uncle!
The color on those Ravellos is superb! They have a fantastic shine on them sir!

-Mike

nephew,
thank you
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Fantastic shade and great combo Uncle!

nephew,
thank you
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^ I would not bet the TSA guy they will make you take something off. Begs for a more involved treatment. Better to lay low I've found, even if you know you're right.

TSA is such a joke. They're worried about travelers taking their shoes off, while in a GSA test over the Summer they had an 80% fail rate when they sent test through the screening points with explosives. 80% fail rate. Think about that next time they want you to take your shoes off, the guy behind you may have C4 in his bag... but they won't find it! Of course, they probably missed the explosives because they were too busy rummaging through your luggage looking for electronics they could swipe. cloud.gif

Sorry for the rant, just the uselessness of the TSA makes me mad. Good tax money down the drain.
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DC Cigar Captoes

Glad I'm going commando with these scummy airport floors.

nephew,
looking well
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nephew,
good looking combo
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nephew,
looking well in your whiskey
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