Thank you, that's very nice.
based off those photos, I'd keep them (and I hate having to even say that, but we all know about wait times etc)
My pair that just arrived did not show up without issue, but I'll deal with them (some sloppy edge dressing, some black spots on the leather that I think I can reno off)
I'm a big fan of Alden shoes but paying upwards of $800 after tax for shoes like this, I dunno. It's probably an easy return for any other maker, but since this is a "grail" piece due to scarcity, probably best to keep if you want this in your collection.
Stripes not so bad since your pants will cover most of it.
Welt color isn't too bad... adds some cool character.
The cut is sucky... I bought 2 pairs of Indy's in different sizes so I could pick the one that fit best. The one that was too small had this same exact cut and I was so happy it wasn't on the pair I was keeping.
I would call and see what they can do. They should probably be classed as seconds.
My thoughts exactly. However, I don't think the finish is all that bad (again...just my opiunion).
Some of you may remember this cigar nightmare last year. I eventually returned these cigar PTB's for refund. Finish was streaked. I had them refinished by Alden and it came back super dark, then flaked off. Note, I boosted contrast heavily to show the finish. In normal light and especially indoors, it wasn't this noticeable.
After refinishing and subsequent flaking:
A week later:
So perhaps I'm looking at your boots from my frame of reference. In the end, it sucks you have to make the decision at all. I wouldn't recommend sending them back to Alden for refinishing.