Looking for some guidance here. I just got my Alden's from J Crew(first ever pair), and noticed a few things when I first opened the box. I wasn't sure if they were due to making them by hand, and it's normal, or if I am needing to send them back in hopes for a better looking pair. Thanks
That notch in the 1st pic is where the welt ends or something to that affect. I don't know the technical term so someone else should be able to clear that up. My captoe boots I got from Alden DC yesterday have the same notch on both shoes. I've seen them on AE shoes in the past and was hoping Aldens didn't have as big a notch, but it seems that they do.
Vicious49 is correct. That is where the welt starts/stops on the shoe. It is inevitable to see this at some level on a 360 degree welted shoe, but I agree that it is particularly messy on this pair.