Originally Posted by inimitable
The chap in C&J told me they were on a different last. Any idea if this is true?
Yes, different last, toe box is totally different,
325 is a generous blucher last,...
Every Northampton shoemaker raise their price, Alfred Sargent, Loake , etc.
For example Tricker's Bourton last year was 265 Â£, now is 315
The VAT has also risen from 17.5% to 20% and influences the final price
Originally Posted by bengal-stripe
It is neither crust (unfinished) nor aniline (vat-dyed), it comes with that "antique finish" from the tannery (or to say it bluntly: the leather comes randomly...