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post #1546 of 94213
They send out a nice little email flyer of what's available in your size. Then you either call or email in the order. It's a good system.
post #1547 of 94213
I just bought a pair of Indys, and I noticed something a bit funny. I'm going to try my best to explain it, so please bear with me!

If I put the left boot on the floor and push the heel flat to the ground, the forefoot area of the outsole lifts about 1/4" from the ground. The right shoe does not do this, and the heel and forefoot rest evenly on the floor. Do I need to be worried about the left boot, or is this something that will right itself over time?
post #1548 of 94213
I just bought some seconds from the Shoemart in cordovan. I see two small imperfections, a small stitching gap at the back and a slightly torn leather lining. These don't really bother me.

What does bother me is the seeming variation in cordovan quality between the 2 shoes. One is doing that nice cordovan wave thing and the other is duller and developing little creases, almost like calf.

Anyone else ever have this problem?

I'm thinking of trying to send them back......
post #1549 of 94213
Hmm. Post pictures.
post #1550 of 94213
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Originally Posted by mechanical pencil View Post
I just bought some seconds from the Shoemart in cordovan. I see two small imperfections, a small stitching gap at the back and a slightly torn leather lining. These don't really bother me.

What does bother me is the seeming variation in cordovan quality between the 2 shoes. One is doing that nice cordovan wave thing and the other is duller and developing little creases, almost like calf.

Anyone else ever have this problem?

I'm thinking of trying to send them back......

those problems seem like big deals ... makes me never wanna purchase seconds
post #1551 of 94213
isnt that the risk in buying seconds? not sure why they'd take them back since they were knowingly sold/bought as not being right in some way
post #1552 of 94213
Yah. I believe they accept returns so if you weren't happy with the color variation I wouldbe sent them back. That is the inherent danger of buying seconds
post #1553 of 94213
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Originally Posted by Epaulet View Post
Man, I've been reading this thread too much. Just ordered the Ravello shell wingtip boots from Shoemart. Can't wait.
i just got the exact same shoes in lowtop form from Leather Soul. LOVE IT
post #1554 of 94213
There's no free lunch. I've bought 3 pairs of seconds from Shoemart, and while I find them to offer very attentive and reponsive service, beware the much proclaimed observation that you can't tell the difference between seconds and firsts (or that they are all some minor cosmetic flaw). For e.g. I had a cracked shell shoe (which they did take back). This is a major flaw which happens when cordovan is stretched too tight on the last (there is a German doc showing Horween cordovan being cracked at the AE factory). It was not disclosed and I had to pay for shipping both ways. I've also had uneven stitching and flaws that went almost all the way through the leather. The other thing you don't factor in when purchasing shoes from Shoemart or any other online retailer is the difficulty of fitting Aldens, with all their different lasts. Despite all their best efforts it is simply impossible for Shoemart to fit you properly over the phone. I purchased a pair of boots wore them, found them a little big but couldn't return them (once I'd worn them). Later, I found that the size recommended were in a last that I should have sized 1/2 size down on. I also received a pair of seconds that were not the size I ordered (or marked on the box). I had worn them once before I realized this--lesson to check everything before you wear internet ordered shoes. Shoemart did not offer to take them back. Lastly, as with all handsewn shoes, there can be slight size variations even between same-sized shoes (which I've experienced in Alden-made Brooks Brothers in the store). Note that even if you are able to return your Shoemart seconds, you pay shipping both ways with shoemart on seconds, making it a potentially $40 mistake. Although you can potentially get a great deal on Alden seconds, and though for some this makes shells potentially within reach, be aware of the downside. My 3 pairs were all good deals but in the end I was somewhat unsatisfied with each of them. For that reason, the last pair of shells I bought were full price cigar chukkas from Alden SF. It was worth it to be able to try them on and examine them in person. And I'm still loving them. I'm still tempted every time I see the Shoemart flyer, but $400 (incl. shipping) is still expensive for a shoe that doesn't quite work for you. Caveat emptor
post #1555 of 94213
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Originally Posted by dport86 View Post
There's no free lunch.

I've bought 3 pairs of seconds from Shoemart, and while I find them to offer very attentive and reponsive service, beware the much proclaimed observation that you can't tell the difference between seconds and firsts (or that they are all some minor cosmetic flaw).

For e.g. I had a cracked shell shoe (which they did take back). This is a major flaw which happens when cordovan is stretched too tight on the last (there is a German doc showing Horween cordovan being cracked at the AE factory). It was not disclosed and I had to pay for shipping both ways. I've also had uneven stitching and flaws that went almost all the way through the leather.

The other thing you don't factor in when purchasing shoes from Shoemart or any other online retailer is the difficulty of fitting Aldens, with all their different lasts. Despite all their best efforts it is simply impossible for Shoemart to fit you properly over the phone. I purchased a pair of boots wore them, found them a little big but couldn't return them (once I'd worn them). Later, I found that the size recommended were in a last that I should have sized 1/2 size down on. I also received a pair of seconds that were not the size I ordered (or marked on the box). I had worn them once before I realized this--lesson to check everything before you wear internet ordered shoes. Shoemart did not offer to take them back. Lastly, as with all handsewn shoes, there can be slight size variations even between same-sized shoes (which I've experienced in Alden-made Brooks Brothers in the store).

Note that even if you are able to return your Shoemart seconds, you pay shipping both ways with shoemart on seconds, making it a potentially $40 mistake.

Although you can potentially get a great deal on Alden seconds, and though for some this makes shells potentially within reach, be aware of the downside. My 3 pairs were all good deals but in the end I was somewhat unsatisfied with each of them. For that reason, the last pair of shells I bought were full price cigar chukkas from Alden SF. It was worth it to be able to try them on and examine them in person. And I'm still loving them.

I'm still tempted every time I see the Shoemart flyer, but $400 (incl. shipping) is still expensive for a shoe that doesn't quite work for you.

Caveat emptor

Good advice here. I've spent a lot of time and money buying and the re-selling sale items in an effort to "save" money..
post #1556 of 94213
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Originally Posted by Get Smart View Post
I just use regular cedar shoe trees in my boots.
I wasn't talking about using boot trees (I'm using regular cedar trees, too), just wondering if those people were using any trees at all. The creasing looked serious.
post #1557 of 94213
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Originally Posted by bdeuce22 View Post
Enough to reeeally second guess buying firsts. I have bought two seconds and can not find the flaws.
Good to know, I keep looking and doing a "well for just a little more I can get ..." ending up in me wanting some Cigar shell at >$600 lol
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Originally Posted by bdeuce22 View Post
They send out a nice little email flyer of what's available in your size. Then you either call or email in the order. It's a good system.
Is there some special newsletter to sign up for or is it the standard one?
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Originally Posted by SerialComma View Post
I just bought a pair of Indys, and I noticed something a bit funny. I'm going to try my best to explain it, so please bear with me! If I put the left boot on the floor and push the heel flat to the ground, the forefoot area of the outsole lifts about 1/4" from the ground. The right shoe does not do this, and the heel and forefoot rest evenly on the floor. Do I need to be worried about the left boot, or is this something that will right itself over time?
I tried on a few pairs and they were like this, think it's the heel pad (not sure if it'll go away as one wears them).
post #1558 of 94213
I honestly don't remember signing up for anything. Maybe they put my email in the system when I ordered my shoes.

I'd email them and asked to be put on
post #1559 of 94213
Just got my Ravello Wingtip Boots from Shoemart, Superb
I have noticed a small 'flat' area about 1/2" in diameter where the cordovan isn't as 'shiny' as the rest of the boot.
Is this just a natural thing or can it be rectified by polishing?
I'm a bit reluctant to do anything until I get some advice.
Simon
post #1560 of 94213
if anyone wants my pre-order for the Alden x Context Tankers in black in size 8.5D let me know ... they are shipping early-mid Dec. so just in 2 weeks or so.

they are sold out but i cant get a refund from context so someone can just take it from me.

thanks
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