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Could you please give advice/opinion on whether this shoe should be returned?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dozer, Jul 18, 2012.

Would you return this shoe and wait 7 weeks for a replacement?

  1. no. wear the shoe

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  2. yes, return the shoe and be patient for a shell replacement

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  3. return the shoe and buy calf instead

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  1. dozer

    dozer New Member

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    Hi would you please give me your opinion on whether the shoe below is a blem, or just a color variation that goes with the territory when you buy leather products? The piece of leather that includes the eyelets on the right side is discolored a lighter shade and it is particularly pronounced right up where you tie the bow. That entire decorative strip is a somewhat lighter shade, but it is the piece where the eyelets are that really is bugging me... in person I'd describe it as looking a little like a reeses peanut butter cup that is way past the expiration date and has started to kind of whiten.

    I waited 7 weeks for this pair and while I can return them, I'm not crazy about the prospect of waiting another 7 weeks. If I set my mind to it, I can ignore it... but my eyes have keyed in on this issue and I'm convinced in my mind that they "look funny" from the right side. Or I can just give up on the shell cordovan shoes (but the leather does look and feel soooo nice aside from this "issue")

    Would you accept this in a $575 shoe or return it?

    Not sure if pic is coming thru so i tried to attach it twice just in case.
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  2. jeff13007

    jeff13007 Distinguished Member

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    Im not really sure what you are asking here, if it is a "decorative strip" then its kinda redundant if it wasn't a different color. Are you looking for just a solid color on the whole shoe?
     


  3. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Distinguished Member

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    brush it, add a little conditioner and wear it. Getting 100% color match on shell is difficult.

    you should see some of the RL shell I've seen and has been posted...it looks two tone.
     


  4. dozer

    dozer New Member

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    Mentioning that the whole strip is slightly different color was kind of a red herring... that isn't my concern and I probably should have left that unsaid. If the whole strip with the eyelets was a slightly lighter shade compared to the rest of the shoe it would be cool. The left shoe has a little bit of that kind of shade variation. But this trip has a slightly mottled vibe that looks like a finishing blunder to me... and is particularly light right at the spot where you tie the bow.

    The left shoe is markedly more uniform and "mottle-free".

    But the feedback so far is helpful. If that turns out to be a consensus, then I will shake it off and keep the shoe. That's why I came here to hear from the experts and enthusiasts.

    I wouldn't have picked this one out from a batch where there were three pairs of more uniform color along with this one. But that doesn't make it a "no-brainer return" either ... (unless it DOES).... that's why I'm asking. I do not want to be a retail "return-zilla".

    Thanks.
     


  5. jeff13007

    jeff13007 Distinguished Member

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    Well if you are unhappy with it then just return it, its YOUR money after all. But maybe some more pics would be helpful because i can't really see what you are talking about in the one you just posted, and its upside down
     


  6. dozer

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    right side up... not much bigger ... but maybe a better view just because it is right side up (don't know why the first pic inverted:

    [​IMG]
     


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