Originally Posted by sevenfoldtieguy
I have no objection to this method. However, I do wonder if any on this thread have used this method and then returned the shoes/boots because they deemed the fit improper. If so, was the return allowed?
If a retailer has a no-crease policy, there is no way they would take them back. And even for the retailers that do not have a no-crease policy, this seems like quite a stretch (a full 3 hours of walking).
When I received my Cigar LHS they were very, very creased. Someone had obviously done a lot of walking around on carpet in them. I would have to guess much more than 3 hrs. I called the retailer and brought it to their attention because I wanted to see if I could switch them for a non-creased pair. They were very defensive and said it must have been from someone trying them on in the store. No other pair was available because it was a C width, so I decided to just keep them as I didn't want to wait several months. So to me this experience suggests that certain retailers will still accept the shoes as a return after the break-in method has been implemented. I now try to avoid that retailer if possible, just because I was so turned off by the experience. I've had other retailers drop-ship items from the factory to me, even though they already had them in stock just because they weren't satisfied with the condition of the shoes that they had in their own inventory.
Like this much creasing:
Compared to my #8 LHS that I've had for the same amount of time and has barely creased at all:
When I try shoes on in the store that I'm not sure that I am going to buy I just put them on and stand-up. I don't really walk around in them, as a courtesy to the future owner.