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    What's up with these AE Sanfords?



    I bought these from ebay last week and it almost looks like the shoes or the caps are crooked, pointing inward. Is that just how they're supposed to be?

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    I don't actually own a pair, but I'm inclined to say "no". However, I'm not sitting in front of a pair of Sanfords to compare at the moment.


    While AE doesn't sell shoes that are functionally damaged, they do sell "factory seconds" (which have cosmetic flaws) at a discount through their outlet stores. This may be one such pair.

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      #3


      The more I look at them, though, the less sure I am.

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        #4


        I did a Google image search for these, and didn't see anything that looked like your pair. They definitely look off, I'd guess they were seconds.

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          #5


          I had to return a pair of Store bought Strands because of this issue (first quality too!). They are not suppose to point inward like that

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            #6


            Just stand in a "V" whenever you wear them. That'll give the optical illusion that they're straight. ;-)

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              #7


              The caps certainly appear skewed. I wonder if a refresh from AE would be able to fix the issue.

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                #8


                @RHS: I'm suspect that is highly unlikely. If it is indeed a flaw, it appears to be a fundamental one. The phone call is free, though. So it never hurts to find out.

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                  #9


                  Are they marked as Sanfords? If not, maybe it's a discontinued model? A really, really weird one?


                  If the angle wasn't noted in your eBay description or pictured, I'd say you have fairly reasonable grounds to force a return, if that's the route you want to go. I'd get in touch with the seller first... maybe they'd be willing to offer a partial discount. Misaligned caps on captoes strikes me as a fairly serious aesthetic problem.

                  Ben

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                    #10


                    @Alan, you're probably right. Never hurts to ask, though. While it may not have been noted in the auction specifically, I think it would be a tough fight if pictures were provided.

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                      #11


                      I contacted the seller and he insists that they are first run and that he used them for several years and got "many compliments." I also contacted AE customer service and included the photos. We'll see what they say.

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                        #12


                        The bottom pic shows numeric values written in marker on the bottom of the soles. Don't retailers mark factory seconds using a marker or hole punch? Or maybe that was marked to indicate it was a customer return.

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                          #13


                          I really love the "many compliments" trope. It's so multipurpose. And what is many, anyways? Two? Three?

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