Originally Posted by tsekh
Well, Leather Soul told me that since these flaws are not deemed as defect by Alden (because the boots left the factory?) so if I were to return I would have paid for return shipping, and they would only refund me the cost of the boots but not the cost of 2-day Fedex they used.
If these issues make you return them, you may find getting Aldens a frustrating experience. There are much worse "defects" that pass as first quality. I'm not defending them; I'm just stating a fact.
The longer i have been in the shell game, the easier it has become to look past such "defects." And more often than not, the choice is money back (and no boots/shoes) or keep them. Very seldom is there a replacement pair in one's same size.
I would keep these, for sure.
And I just bet someone on this thread would buy them from you at cost if you decide not to keep them.
Good luck, whatever you decide to do.