Originally Posted by ReppTiePrepster
That isn't really fair to Pappa. Brand new shells crease so easily. Just putting your foot into the shoe and standing up will put a slight crease in them. I've tried some on at Alden DC and it's virtually impossible to avoid and their salespeople there know this. Besides, the crease on that #8 PTB pictured earlier hardly qualifies as creased. Adam from Alden of Carmel would not cry foul with that.
Originally Posted by Alcibiades
As someone who has tried on numerous cordovans at Alden NYC and Leffot, sometimes creasing can't be avoided when trying them on. Some buyers will care, some won't (I lean towards the don't care camp)
I've always wondered how salespeople deal with this in store, since I imagine that in person, the idea of not being able to walk around in the shoes to assess fit would reveal its ridiculousness. I sympathize though with people who want no evidence of try on on their new shoes, and I try to be gentle. Those who really
care should make sure to work with no crease policy retailers IMO.
Originally Posted by stevent
True, and I'd agree to some extent that I was a bit extreme in my response. But if you really want to try sizing out, why not order calf or suede so you can actually walk a bit. I know sizing is a bit different between different materials but you can minimize the creasing. And trying on in store is a little different, as the SA may give you a pair that others tried on before, or can supervise it. I've had stores give me 25% off for the slightest of creasing on cordovan and I didn't ask for it
This was not the case for me, but I understand your suggestion to order calf or suede if you absolutely know you're not going to keep them.