Originally Posted by TheD0n
I ordered a pair of Natural Chromexcel PTB and received the shoes pictured below. As soon as I took the top off the shoebox, I could see through the plastic shipping bags that the shoes were dark brown. Additionally, one shoe is a different color than the other and the leather is rough, dull, and cracked. They looked little like the stock image or other natural chromexcel leather that I've seen in person.
At Alden prices, I expect the product to be exceptional quality. In my opinion (please correct me if I'm wrong), Alden should not have made shoes out of this leather. It is an inconvenience to me and the retailer to deal with the exchange process. I am disappointed in them, and I hope the next pair I receive is better.
I'm actually more irritated by your selection in socks. Kinda like how some folks wear light brown belts with their black/#8 shells, but hey, not my outfit...
I think your question is really a personal taste question. I'm sure there's plenty of folks out there who don't mind a little difference between shoes. I know my oxblood docs have a little variation in that one is a little more "cherry red" on the toe than the other, but it's only really noticeable if you're like staring at them and studying them. I don't really mind because it's not too far off and as I polish, clean, and wear them, it just adds a little more character to my boots. Those pics don't look bad to me, but your phone (I'm guessing?) doesn't really bring out the real color. I'd certainly not bat an eye at those, but my tastes are not your tastes. My suggestion is that if you don't like them, send them back. You're the one that must ultimately be satisfied with your purchase.