My Alden #8 longwing from TSM has arrived today. I am no expert in shell cordovan so I was hoping someone can help me figure out if these are keepers. The only issue with the shoes is a small nick (1/8 of an inch). I am concerned, however, that eventually this nick may evolve into the break. Am I worried too much?Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
You are probably worried too much. Yes, it's a nick. The nick/blemish exists, but it is unclear, based on the picture, how noticeable the blemish is. It is unlikely that creasing along the vamp or other factors will cause a break in the future. Also, you could probably fill the blemish and/or camouflage it with polish and Reno or conditioner.
However, irregulars from TSM are not cheap. So if you have concerns or doubts, perhaps these irregulars are not for you. I am sure someone will be happy to have them. Cheers.
For about $250 off that is nothing. I have had firsts that came worse than that, and I've kept them. I would gladly take those for $250 off. You would probably make nicks worse than that during your first wear. Sometimes the small nicks and bumps happen inside the box from the speed hooks and whatnot (which I guess doesn't apply in this case but jus sayin). I really want a pair of LWB and saw those literally the minute the seconds list was out and was contemplating purchasing them, but no more burgundy/color #8 for me. I only have 2 pairs but since I only wear chinos/jeans, they're kinda hard to pair. Congrats on your new 975s though!
The 975 is an awesome and very usable shoe. For $250 off, I would keep that shoe, I have done far worse with my desk chair or stair or other evil object that jumps out and attacks my poor Aldens.