Quote Originally Posted by Lukemck View Post
Need some Allen Edmonds quality control. Just purchased a pair of first quality 5th Aves. There is significant staining on the tongue under each eyelet. The sole has signs of wear along the toe. Is this expected or should I send them back for a different pair? Seems like one shoe is pristine and the other has the problems.
They don't sound first quality to me. The sole should not have any signs of wear in my opinion. I would probably overlook discolorations that you can't see when the shoe is laced. Heck, I have a pair in walnut that had a little discoloration on one of the toes, but after a few polishings and wearings, I'm the only one who can see it. I pointed it out to a friend yesterday and he claimed he couldn't anyways.

Hats off to the New Allen Edmonds!