Yo yo yo yo yo.
I finally managed to get a pair of BBBF shell longwings which I've wanted for basically ever and they're awesome shoes and feel great. Fit is excellent, need a break-in but already quite comfy. However, after wearing them for one day (bought new in box), I have discovered a problem, depicted in yonder video:
See how the right shoe creases perfectly, but the left seems to have one crease at the vamp, and then the next few inches of leather are stiff enough such that they do not crease and instead a crease forms in the middle of the toe cap over the broguing? Apparently the leather over the lower part of the vamp before the toe cap is unwilling to bend, and the path of least resistance is simply to push that patch of leather forward over top of the toe cap, creating a lump.
Any input or ideas on this? I already emailed aldenshoe.com but I have no idea what their email response habits are or if I even directed the inquiry to the right people.
Those are defective, get rid of them now. I have a pair did the same thing, and it got really bad. Alden confirmed that they are defective, but they have yet to replace them. I'm not sure how they are planning to repair my shoes, but I don't see how they can reverse the damage that has been done to the leather.
Here is what it will look like eventually, these shoes where used for 4-5 months.