OLD! Those shoes are three months old - only been worn a dozen times! But they are shell cordovan - so they come with lots of character built in. I LOVE these shoes. But I must say I'm a bit vexed that they creased in such hard straight lines. Shell is a strange and interesting material. I'm told they may develop more of a soft roll as time goes by. Sorry you don't like the socks - but I do so you are just going to have to DEAL WITH IT!