I was under the impression that most Alden dealers try to prevent their customers from trying on shoes in such a way that causes the vamps to crease. I know that if I were to open a box of $500-800 Alden's and the vamps were creased I'd send them right back. I understand I t's kindve a catch 22 because you want to make sure they fit right when you're paying that much, but if they don't fit, the store or the next customer is kindve screwed.
Depends on the retailer. Apparently some encourage it (Kathy DC). I agree, it is very disappointing to spend $500+ on shoes that have been tried on extensively. Personally, I can tell whether or not a shoe fits without creasing them, but I guess not everyone is as skilled as I am.