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Dark stains/ light cracking/imperfect stitching on brand new AE Strand?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Saltricks, Jul 19, 2010.

  1. Saltricks

    Saltricks Senior member

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    I just purchased the AE Strand at the nordstrom sale, and have been wearing the shoes for the good part of today. I noticed as I was cleaning my shoes that they have small black smudges (I was able to wipe these off but it is still a bit dirty), the leather is very slightly cracking, and some of the stitching is fraying(slight but still a bit noticeable). I just finished exchanging a pair of shoes there and am hesistant to exchange ANOTHER pair of shoes...but I just have the feeling that these aren't living up to AE standard (the other pair i purchased are almost perfect condition).

    Has anyone had similar experiences? Are these imperfections common? Or do you think these flaws warrant an exchange?

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  2. viator

    viator Senior member

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    It looks like what you're referring to as "cracking" is really just normal creasing that appears when you wear them. It looks like your pair was probably tried on in the store. From the photos, I can't tell what the smudging is, but from your post, it sounds like it will come off with a little leather cleaner.
     
  3. Chargersfan

    Chargersfan Senior member

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    First pair of shoes....ever?
     
  4. pdial

    pdial Senior member

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    Say it with me, c-r-e-a-s-i-n-g.
     
  5. Saltricks

    Saltricks Senior member

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    I think I was just mostly concerned about the black smudges (which I realize is hard to see from the pictures). I think it might be from the shoelaces, but this seems unlikely because the smudges are all around the shoe. It almost looks like black shoe polish. I guess I'm just wondering if this is a normal occurrence in walnut colored shoes from allen edmonds (as a resault of the dyeing process) or if it might be some sort of defect in the product.

    I do agree about the "creasing" though...I was just a little skeptical because both pairs had creasing, even the unlaced right shoe (which suggests it had not been tried on before).
     
  6. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    Wtf....they're shoes. Wear them.
     
  7. phoenixrecon

    phoenixrecon Senior member

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    do you think these flaws warrant an exchange?

    I don't think you want to know what we really think
     
  8. viator

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    I do agree about the "creasing" though...I was just a little skeptical because both pairs had creasing, even the unlaced right shoe (which suggests it had not been tried on before).
    I just re-read your original post. You've been wearing them today. Of course they are creased. Similarly, how do you know they haven't gotten dirty since you've been out and about with them on?
     
  9. Saltricks

    Saltricks Senior member

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    [​IMG]

    For a forum that stresses draconian attention to detail, I'd think that a question such as my own wouldn't be considered overly critical.

    Anyway, I'm just gonna buy some leather cleaner and buff off the spots and hope for the best.
     
  10. Saltricks

    Saltricks Senior member

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    I just re-read your original post. You've been wearing them today. Of course they are creased. Similarly, how do you know they haven't gotten dirty since you've been out and about with them on?

    I think I noticed they were creased before I tried them on, but I can live with it. I was very careful where I was walking, and the stains seem unusual (black polish like stains) in appearance. It was around 110 degrees...maybe this had some effect? The shoelaces felt especially oily.
     
  11. SkinnyGoomba

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    [​IMG]

    For a forum that stresses draconian attention to detail, I'd think that a question such as my own wouldn't be considered overly critical.

    Anyway, I'm just gonna buy some leather cleaner and buff off the spots and hope for the best.


    Some do, others stress wearing the clothes as clothing. They're shoes, they're going to get a little messed up.

    I rubbed a pair of $800 cordovan loafers on a curb the other day, life continues as if it never happened. Polish them up again and move on.
     
  12. JamesX

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    I can't see the smudges very well, but the crackling you referring to seems like normal creasing.

    No matter how carefully you walk in any shoe you will bend the leather and cause creasing.

    With leather conditioner the creasing will be minimized and with polish it won't be noticeable.
     
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    I think I noticed they were creased before I tried them on, but I can live with it. I was very careful where I was walking, and the stains seem unusual (black polish like stains) in appearance. It was around 110 degrees...maybe this had some effect? The shoelaces felt especially oily.

    Asphalt?
    The rest is normal creasing, just buy some conditioner, cream and wax!
     
  14. Saltricks

    Saltricks Senior member

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    Thanks for the help people.

    I think I'm over it now. I used to baby my air jordans in middle school (god help you if you stepped on them), so I guess its just residual habits dying hard. Gonna clean em up and get over it.

    Still have to make a return on the other pair of shoes I got, however [​IMG] stupid #8 last is horrible on me
     
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    Poshak Man Senior member

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    Black stains and smudges are the burnishing that AE puts on the shoes.
     
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    asnexprss Well-Known Member

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    +1, it's burnishing from AE.
     
  17. Saltricks

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    Black stains and smudges are the burnishing that AE puts on the shoes.

    THANK YOU. This is what I wanted to know. The thought of burnishing had crossed my mind, but it looked a bit odd to my eye. Kinda regret wiping a lot of it off now [​IMG]
     
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    They are really nice shoes, I just ordered a pair. Great price right now as well.
     
  19. Saltricks

    Saltricks Senior member

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    They are really nice shoes, I just ordered a pair. Great price right now as well.

    Yeh, a bit darker than they look online though. I really love the look of these shoes with gray pants and even jeans
     
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    Has anyone had similar experiences? Are these imperfections common? Or do you think these flaws warrant an exchange?

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with your shoes.
     

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