Paid a visit to the C&J factory last Saturday with a friend, who ended up buying a pair of Handgrade seconds: unnamed black punched captoe on a round-toe last which looked a bit slimmer and pointier than the 330 but didn't have an elongated toe like the 337. Â The shoes were in great condition as well, as they hadn't been tried on before and there were no signs of damage to the uppers or the sole. Anyway, friend was really happy (and I was a little envious) with his purchase - it was his first pair of nice shoes. Â When he got home and examined the shoes more carefully though, he noticed that the eyelets didn't have any metal reinforcements on the back of the lining, which he thought was a bit strange. Â So: (i) is this a feature of C&J Handgrades? (ii) if not, will it result in any lasting damage (stretching?) to the shoes? (iii) can metal reinforcements be added by a cobbler if necessary?
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4/21/05 at 7:16pm