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Shoe repair question -- I bought a pair of new black PAs off of eBay. I already have a pair of black PAs but they don't fit me as well because I got them before I got properly fitted (my PAs are 11D but it turned out I wear a 10EEE in the 65 last). Regardless, I found these new in box PAs on eBay and got them for a great price ($110 plus shipping), but when they arrived I noticed both have some defects. The one shoe has 3 light cuts on the toe; they appear to be actual cuts (instead of scratches) but are not deep -- still in the dyed leather.

The other shoe has on the heel counter what appears to be some scraped up leather. Again it is still black.

My gut is that I can (or my cobbler can) carefully shave off the scraped up leather and fill both that and the light cuts with some repair cream and a good polish and you can never tell the difference. Am I missing something? The seller has offered me a refund if I am unhappy with the shoes. My gut says that with $15 in repair cream these things will look darn near perfect. With the price I got these at even with repairs I am still way ahead of Nordstrom's anniversary sale or factory seconds.

FYI the shoes do not appear to have been worn previously. The listing didn't mention or show the defects but as I mentioned the seller is standing behind the sale so I don't have a complaint there.

I just don't want to end up with something that will stick out like a sore thumb.
 

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I think the interesting thing about bourbon calf is that it can look amazingly beautiful or disgustingly ugly depending on how it was done.

@Lionel Hutz Are those AE laces on your Higgins or did you get those from GG?
Guarded Goods on all 3
 

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Shoe repair question -- I bought a pair of new black PAs off of eBay. I already have a pair of black PAs but they don't fit me as well because I got them before I got properly fitted (my PAs are 11D but it turned out I wear a 10EEE in the 65 last). Regardless, I found these new in box PAs on eBay and got them for a great price ($110 plus shipping), but when they arrived I noticed both have some defects. The one shoe has 3 light cuts on the toe; they appear to be actual cuts (instead of scratches) but are not deep -- still in the dyed leather.

The other shoe has on the heel counter what appears to be some scraped up leather. Again it is still black.

My gut is that I can (or my cobbler can) carefully shave off the scraped up leather and fill both that and the light cuts with some repair cream and a good polish and you can never tell the difference. Am I missing something? The seller has offered me a refund if I am unhappy with the shoes. My gut says that with $15 in repair cream these things will look darn near perfect. With the price I got these at even with repairs I am still way ahead of Nordstrom's anniversary sale or factory seconds.

FYI the shoes do not appear to have been worn previously. The listing didn't mention or show the defects but as I mentioned the seller is standing behind the sale so I don't have a complaint there.

I just don't want to end up with something that will stick out like a sore thumb.
Nothing there will stick out like a sore thumb. You will create your own scuffs and scratches much worse than those eventually.
 

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I think I may have found a way to get something close to the original Higgins laces. These appear to not be the same length as the ones AE uses, but they are close. 120 cm or 150 cm is probably what I would want (AE uses 55 inch laces = 129 cm).

 

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Shoe repair question -- I bought a pair of new black PAs off of eBay. I already have a pair of black PAs but they don't fit me as well because I got them before I got properly fitted (my PAs are 11D but it turned out I wear a 10EEE in the 65 last). Regardless, I found these new in box PAs on eBay and got them for a great price ($110 plus shipping), but when they arrived I noticed both have some defects. The one shoe has 3 light cuts on the toe; they appear to be actual cuts (instead of scratches) but are not deep -- still in the dyed leather.

The other shoe has on the heel counter what appears to be some scraped up leather. Again it is still black.

My gut is that I can (or my cobbler can) carefully shave off the scraped up leather and fill both that and the light cuts with some repair cream and a good polish and you can never tell the difference. Am I missing something? The seller has offered me a refund if I am unhappy with the shoes. My gut says that with $15 in repair cream these things will look darn near perfect. With the price I got these at even with repairs I am still way ahead of Nordstrom's anniversary sale or factory seconds.

FYI the shoes do not appear to have been worn previously. The listing didn't mention or show the defects but as I mentioned the seller is standing behind the sale so I don't have a complaint there.

I just don't want to end up with something that will stick out like a sore thumb.
Saphir renovating cream could fix these just fine.
 

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Every time I read your posts, I hear them in Lionel Hutz's voice.
That’s great. It’s not why I picked the name but off the top of my head I can’t think of any celebrity death that hit me harder than Phil Hartman’s.
 

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What the deal with the RDA sale, the prices have changed back to normal, my emails say it runs through the 28th?

EDIT: it may have just been me, as when I just checked again the sale prices were back.
 
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Shoe repair question -- I bought a pair of new black PAs off of eBay. I already have a pair of black PAs but they don't fit me as well because I got them before I got properly fitted (my PAs are 11D but it turned out I wear a 10EEE in the 65 last). Regardless, I found these new in box PAs on eBay and got them for a great price ($110 plus shipping), but when they arrived I noticed both have some defects. The one shoe has 3 light cuts on the toe; they appear to be actual cuts (instead of scratches) but are not deep -- still in the dyed leather.

The other shoe has on the heel counter what appears to be some scraped up leather. Again it is still black.

My gut is that I can (or my cobbler can) carefully shave off the scraped up leather and fill both that and the light cuts with some repair cream and a good polish and you can never tell the difference. Am I missing something? The seller has offered me a refund if I am unhappy with the shoes. My gut says that with $15 in repair cream these things will look darn near perfect. With the price I got these at even with repairs I am still way ahead of Nordstrom's anniversary sale or factory seconds.

FYI the shoes do not appear to have been worn previously. The listing didn't mention or show the defects but as I mentioned the seller is standing behind the sale so I don't have a complaint there.

I just don't want to end up with something that will stick out like a sore thumb.

It would try rubbing lightly some toothpaste with my fingers in circles, I mean the old white toothpaste, it works like car polish. Then apply black shoe cream. I suggest trying first in the heel eventhough it wont fix the issue (the cut is too deep) but you will have an idea how it works in the toe. Good luck.
 

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Jeffersons today.
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Stupid question, perhaps, but if I call a store to order a shoe from an SA does the SA get credit for a sale? Nothing special, just thinking of getting s Strandmok.
In light of recent discussion on this board the idea of having a relationship with a good SA seems very appealing (and why not help out an SA if I can?) but I live 2 hours away from the nearest AE store.
 

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What the deal with the RDA sale, the prices have changed back to normal, my emails say it runs through the 28th?

EDIT: it may have just been me, as when I just checked again the sale prices were back.
Time travel can get so confusing. ☺
 

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Stupid question, perhaps, but if I call a store to order a shoe from an SA does the SA get credit for a sale? Nothing special, just thinking of getting s Strandmok.
In light of recent discussion on this board the idea of having a relationship with a good SA seems very appealing (and why not help out an SA if I can?) but I live 2 hours away from the nearest AE store.
I asked a SA that very question for the same reason. He downplayed it and said that they are there to help and just do whatever is easiest, but ultimately did say they get credit for the sale. I placed my order with him and not online. He/they provide the customer service I like and thats what I typically do now.
 

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