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Just received my MTO cordovan loafers after months of waiting. But the problem is that one of the shoes has a blemish right smack in the front middle of the right shoe. It's not just a discoloration, but you can tell it's slightly raised like a bubble. What are my options given that it's MTO? Do I just try to smooth it out myself with a deer bone? Can I even get it exchanged or refunded?

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Just received my MTO cordovan loafers after months of waiting. But the problem is that one of the shoes has a blemish right smack in the front middle of the right shoe. It's not just a discoloration, but you can tell it's slightly raised like a bubble. What are my options given that it's MTO? Do I just try to smooth it out myself with a deer bone? Can I even get it exchanged or refunded?

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I think it looks fine. Personally, it would be more of an issue if it was around where the vamp creases. At the same time, I have more tolerance for blemishes than most folks.
 

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Mmm

bloody awful place for it! Will it smooth with a Deer bone perhaps?
I thought about that too. Was going to give that a shot, but wasn't sure if it would work and figured if they could replace it for me, I'd try that route. But based on things I've read online... it doesn't seem like that's an easy process.
 

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I think it looks fine. Personally, it would be more of an issue if it was around where the vamp creases. At the same time, I have more tolerance for blemishes than most folks.
Why would it be worse on the vamp? I would think it would be better at masking the blemish? I probably wouldn't have much of an issue with it either if 1) it wasn't smack in the front middle, and 2) it weren't slightly raised.
 

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I thought about that too. Was going to give that a shot, but wasn't sure if it would work and figured if they could replace it for me, I'd try that route. But based on things I've read online... it doesn't seem like that's an easy process.
Think you’d probably struggle with that..
From what I’ve seen of cordovan it’s a temperamental bugger!!
 

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Why would it be worse on the vamp? I would think it would be better at masking the blemish? I probably wouldn't have much of an issue with it either if 1) it wasn't smack in the front middle, and 2) it weren't slightly raised.
Yeah, that's like a pimple on your nose. I'd demand some satisfaction...
 

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Does anyone have experience with Meermin's blue suede? I'm digging these from the MTO. They're a nice, rich color. But I've found blue suede generally to be drab, and I don't know if the color in the photos is really accurate or if Meermin edited them to increase the saturation.
 

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Think you’d probably struggle with that..
From what I’ve seen of cordovan it’s a temperamental bugger!!
OK I hit it with the deer bone and some Saphir Renovateur and I think it's salvageable. What do you guys think?

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But now I need to bring the correct polish back. Do you guys know if this is the right one to use?

 

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Why would it be worse on the vamp? I would think it would be better at masking the blemish? I probably wouldn't have much of an issue with it either if 1) it wasn't smack in the front middle, and 2) it weren't slightly raised.
If it was on the vamp, who knows how the creasing might affect the spot? It's quite possible creasing it would weaken the material around the bump and perhaps make it worse. As it stands now, I don't think it's particularly noticeable unless you're looking for it.
 

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Does anyone have experience with Meermin's blue suede? I'm digging these from the MTO. They're a nice, rich color. But I've found blue suede generally to be drab, and I don't know if the color in the photos is really accurate or if Meermin edited them to increase the saturation.
I think that looks pretty true to what I have from my navy suede from Meermin. I got some chukkas a few years back, and they definitely don't look drab in my opinion. But I'm also a sucker for navy suede, so I may be blinded by bias.
 

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I’ve some blue suede Cheaney chukka boots and they look good but with what..

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I think Meermin suede is as good as anyone’s suede as all from similar tanneries so I’d have no issue that way.
 

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