Originally Posted by Ahab
Well you can sit back behind your screen and make broad assumptions about how other people are messing up without basing it on anything of substance, but the two pictures you posted probably contradict what you are trying to say so I will post your own pictures:Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
It seems both of the catastrophic life events that you were forced to endure were in the inside of the shoes between the heel and the toe box. Really? REALLY? Who the eff sees that part of the shoe? Are you wearing these or taking them onto the subway and licking them?
My post of the PTB with the vertical line does not mention anything about whether the imperfection is man made or natural. I was simply giving an example of a first that I didn't think passed as a first, which is a critique of QC that I think I am qualified to evaluate, and that does not require any specialized knowledge as long as I wasn't claiming how the imperfection occurred (which I did not up until this point).
I only began speculating
about man made vs. natural in response to YOUR
reply, asking "LOL! Are the "flaws" you mention really Alden or is it a characteristic of shell?" Perhaps you weren't really asking the question and were being sarcastic? Forgive me if I didn't pick up on that. After all, you called me a "special flower" at one point in this exchange.
As for your second paragraph, I made a point of saying "I'm sure all Alden shells have some degree of imperfection, and you kind of have to decide where you draw the line." If you would accept the imperfections I posted as first quality, then your line is more lenient than mine. I'm fine with that.