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post #52036 of 122416
Originally Posted by englade321 View Post

The stiffness of new leather soles can cause rapid wear on the tip of the sole . Wearing them on a non-abrasive surface until flexible can prevent or reduce this .That is what the carpet thing is about.
The pencil crease is really a matter of preference I personally prefer the look of natural random creasing but I dont feel there is anything "wrong " with it .
I dont think you are overthinking this at all. New shell cordovan shoes are an expensive investment and these are pretty basic questions .
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Originally Posted by mcarthur View Post

nephew,
well stated

Question:

Do I have to break in a flex welt LHS suede on the carpet for three days? Will that ease toe wear on sole? I usually install plastic tap...

Thanks.
Edited by Profligate47 - 5/29/13 at 6:09pm
post #52037 of 122416
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Originally Posted by El Argentino View Post

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Originally Posted by Jortuno View Post

Hi All,  This is my first post as I've been following this particular thread for quite sometime.  I've wanted the Alden for J.CREW Cordovan Cap Toe Boots for almost a year now.  After requesting the seventh Store wide search over a period of a few months, I was notified last Friday that a pair in size 7D had been located. 

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I received these boots today in the following condition (see pictures), with creases on both boots which quite frankly is bugging me.  I called J.Crew and all they could do is apologize for this and offered to take them back as well as issue another store wide search.  Quite frankly I don't think they will find another pair in a 7D and when I inquired as to why they don't show a 7D in their website, I was told that the buyers had simply stopped placing orders for my size.  



 



If I were to keep these boots would I be able to somehow do something about these creases? Can they be buffed out?  I'm thinking of going over to the Columbus Circle Store in NYC where they were shipped from and asking for a discount.  Has anyone ever experienced anything like this before and if so what was your outcome?



 



I would greatly appreciate any feedback.  -  Thank you 



 



 
















TBH, if that is wear fresh out of the box, it'd be a no-question return for me. Especially at retail.

If you've gotten some sort of substantial discount, or JCrew are willing to offer one, that changes things. But for a standard #8 boot, I think selling that as "new" condition is completely absurd.


While I completely agree with El Argentino, the creasing and the minor scuffing on the soles will happen after first indoor try-on/wear.  If you've been waiting for a year, and you REALLY want this make-up, returning them could mean you may never get them as they will not make them in 7D.  I would try and get that discount, but would keep them regardless of their response.  It is a great make-up!  Good luck and I hope you get to wear them in great health my friend!

post #52038 of 122416
I would send a copy of those pics with a letter to Mickey Drexler and let him know that J. Crew tried to sell you used shoes as "new".

Hey, you never know.
post #52039 of 122416
For those of you that have done per-orders through Leffot, has the 12 to 16 week order to delivery time been realistic?
post #52040 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post


While I completely agree with El Argentino, the creasing and the minor scuffing on the soles will happen after first indoor try-on/wear.  If you've been waiting for a year, and you REALLY want this make-up, returning them could mean you may never get them as they will not make them in 7D.  I would try and get that discount, but would keep them regardless of their response.  It is a great make-up!  Good luck and I hope you get to wear them in great health my friend!

Do they fit? One outdoor trip and you will not remember the creases and slight darkening of the soles. If you waited a year, then I would keep them. There are shoes on my list I would gladly take in such condition.
post #52041 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Jortuno View Post

Hi All,  This is my first post as I've been following this particular thread for quite sometime.  I've wanted the Alden for J.CREW Cordovan Cap Toe Boots for almost a year now.  After requesting the seventh Store wide search over a period of a few months, I was notified last Friday that a pair in size 7D had been located. 



 



I received these boots today in the following condition (see pictures), with creases on both boots which quite frankly is bugging me.  I called J.Crew and all they could do is apologize for this and offered to take them back as well as issue another store wide search.  Quite frankly I don't think they will find another pair in a 7D and when I inquired as to why they don't show a 7D in their website, I was told that the buyers had simply stopped placing orders for my size.  



 



If I were to keep these boots would I be able to somehow do something about these creases? Can they be buffed out?  I'm thinking of going over to the Columbus Circle Store in NYC where they were shipped from and asking for a discount.  Has anyone ever experienced anything like this before and if so what was your outcome?



 



I would greatly appreciate any feedback.  -  Thank you 



 



 

















I would be irritated or sure, and would ask for a discount. If you have been waiting for a year though i would probably keep them. They would be creased like that after about an hour or two of wear anyway.
post #52042 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Jortuno View Post

Hi All,  This is my first post as I've been following this particular thread for quite sometime.  I've wanted the Alden for J.CREW Cordovan Cap Toe Boots for almost a year now.  After requesting the seventh Store wide search over a period of a few months, I was notified last Friday that a pair in size 7D had been located. 

 

I received these boots today in the following condition (see pictures), with creases on both boots which quite frankly is bugging me.  I called J.Crew and all they could do is apologize for this and offered to take them back as well as issue another store wide search.  Quite frankly I don't think they will find another pair in a 7D and when I inquired as to why they don't show a 7D in their website, I was told that the buyers had simply stopped placing orders for my size.  

 

If I were to keep these boots would I be able to somehow do something about these creases? Can they be buffed out?  I'm thinking of going over to the Columbus Circle Store in NYC where they were shipped from and asking for a discount.  Has anyone ever experienced anything like this before and if so what was your outcome?

 

I would greatly appreciate any feedback.  -  Thank you 

 

 

 

 

That is indeed unfortunate.  I have received Aldens in similar condition, and the retailer was totally unapologetic, but offered to take them back.  I ended up keeping them because I wouldn't have been able to find a replacement pair.  It still kind of bothers me every time I look at them, because they came with more creasing than I would have caused.  My shoes don't crease very much.

 

This is exactly why TSM instituted their new policy.  (As if it wasn't already obvious before me saying so)

 

A new pristine pair would probably look pretty similar to that once you broke them in anyway.  Others have already offered good suggestions, just a decisions you'll have to make.  (Keep em, return them, ask for discount).

 

J Crew will probably have no problem finding someone else that is willing to accept them, which in a way perpetuates this problem.

 

Sorry it happened. I know how you feel.

 

Edit:  Kind of inconsiderate to return a pair of shoes that you have put that much wear on.  In my experience, you can tell whether or not they fit well before they get to that point.  At the same time, I was already aware that this world does contain a few inconsiderate people.

post #52043 of 122416

those creases will happen after a couple wears. I'd try and negotiate a discount as they are clearly used and imo should not be sold as first rate goods.

post #52044 of 122416
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Originally Posted by esoxm View Post

For those of you that have done per-orders through Leffot, has the 12 to 16 week order to delivery time been realistic?

Steven is great at getting his makeups. When I purchased in the past, he has come within a few weeks each time. That said, I pre-ordered a shoe with TSM yesterday and I was told 5 months. frown.gif
post #52045 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Jortuno View Post

Hi All,  This is my first post as I've been following this particular thread for quite sometime.  I've wanted the Alden for J.CREW Cordovan Cap Toe Boots for almost a year now.  After requesting the seventh Store wide search over a period of a few months, I was notified last Friday that a pair in size 7D had been located. 



 



I received these boots today in the following condition (see pictures), with creases on both boots which quite frankly is bugging me.  I called J.Crew and all they could do is apologize for this and offered to take them back as well as issue another store wide search.  Quite frankly I don't think they will find another pair in a 7D and when I inquired as to why they don't show a 7D in their website, I was told that the buyers had simply stopped placing orders for my size.  



 



If I were to keep these boots would I be able to somehow do something about these creases? Can they be buffed out?  I'm thinking of going over to the Columbus Circle Store in NYC where they were shipped from and asking for a discount.  Has anyone ever experienced anything like this before and if so what was your outcome?



 



I would greatly appreciate any feedback.  -  Thank you 



 



 

















This one is easy for me. Take them back if you can get a replacement pair. If not, then keep them.
post #52046 of 122416
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Originally Posted by green garden View Post

I can see these glowing in the dark worship.gif
.  Wear in good health uncle Mac.  Are these Barries?

nephew,
thank you
they do not fit like a barrie last, could possible be plaza last
post #52047 of 122416
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jortuno View Post

Hi All,  This is my first post as I've been following this particular thread for quite sometime.  I've wanted the Alden for J.CREW Cordovan Cap Toe Boots for almost a year now.  After requesting the seventh Store wide search over a period of a few months, I was notified last Friday that a pair in size 7D had been located. 



 



I received these boots today in the following condition (see pictures), with creases on both boots which quite frankly is bugging me.  I called J.Crew and all they could do is apologize for this and offered to take them back as well as issue another store wide search.  Quite frankly I don't think they will find another pair in a 7D and when I inquired as to why they don't show a 7D in their website, I was told that the buyers had simply stopped placing orders for my size.  



 



If I were to keep these boots would I be able to somehow do something about these creases? Can they be buffed out?  I'm thinking of going over to the Columbus Circle Store in NYC where they were shipped from and asking for a discount.  Has anyone ever experienced anything like this before and if so what was your outcome?



 



I would greatly appreciate any feedback.  -  Thank you 



 



 
















Dear sir, I understand your anguish and disappointment about receiving a less than perfect pair of J Crew #8 captoe boots. First things first, stop hemming and hawing and return those shoes to the nearest J Crew store and get your money back.Their return policy is quick and easy, take advantage of it. Second, if you must have these shoes be absolutely sure about the size. When I had to return my first pair of these boots I established a personal relationship with a customer service representative. I explained that I required a pristine pair in a specific size, and nothing less would be acceptable. My persistence and patience was all that was needed. This was only my experience. Please don't hesitate to consider the advise of Alcibiades. His recommendation as to alternative options for a #8 boot should be investigated, not just for the shoes, but to help familiarise you with the game of hunting for shell cordovan. I'm sure you'll find a great pair of boots.
post #52048 of 122416
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jortuno View Post

Hi All,  This is my first post as I've been following this particular thread for quite sometime.  I've wanted the Alden for J.CREW Cordovan Cap Toe Boots for almost a year now.  After requesting the seventh Store wide search over a period of a few months, I was notified last Friday that a pair in size 7D had been located. 



 



I received these boots today in the following condition (see pictures), with creases on both boots which quite frankly is bugging me.  I called J.Crew and all they could do is apologize for this and offered to take them back as well as issue another store wide search.  Quite frankly I don't think they will find another pair in a 7D and when I inquired as to why they don't show a 7D in their website, I was told that the buyers had simply stopped placing orders for my size.  



 



If I were to keep these boots would I be able to somehow do something about these creases? Can they be buffed out?  I'm thinking of going over to the Columbus Circle Store in NYC where they were shipped from and asking for a discount.  Has anyone ever experienced anything like this before and if so what was your outcome?



 



I would greatly appreciate any feedback.  -  Thank you 



 



 

















welcome to the forum
the shoes were likely tried on in the store. no marks on the soles. ask for you discount? even without discount i would keep the cap toe boots
post #52049 of 122416
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Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster View Post


+1, you can't really see the saddle pattern in your picture Uncle, but it is quite unique and appealing.  I think CTYGGG posted a pic of this on Monday.  Superb make-up... wear in great health!

nephew,
thank you
post #52050 of 122416
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Originally Posted by Profligate47 View Post

Originally Posted by englade321 View Post

The stiffness of new leather soles can cause rapid wear on the tip of the sole . Wearing them on a non-abrasive surface until flexible can prevent or reduce this .That is what the carpet thing is about.
The pencil crease is really a matter of preference I personally prefer the look of natural random creasing but I dont feel there is anything "wrong " with it .
I dont think you are overthinking this at all. New shell cordovan shoes are an expensive investment and these are pretty basic questions .
Question:

Do I have to break in a flex welt LHS suede on the carpet for three days? Will that ease toe wear on sole? I usually install plastic tap...

Thanks.

nephew,
i would use break in method on the flex welt lhs suede. i did it on my horse bit loafers. wear the suede loafers in good health
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