Originally Posted by JohnGalt
I just ordered these: http://www.herringshoes.co.uk/produc...electedFitID=0
I don't care about the price, or what else I could have gotten - my fiancee liked these specifically and I am going to wear them to my wedding (assuming that when they come in they look good with the rest of my outfit).
I happen to have a real soft spot for Church's. My now wife bought me my first pair, exactly those black Charmouths, for my Specialist Exams. I went in feeling a million bucks and nailed the exam. I subsequently wore them a year later for our wedding (I hadn't worn them in between). I will always love those shoes.
I've gone on to own GG, EG, AEs (and being an Aussie own many RMs) but I love my 3 pair of Churchs. They are sturdily built, classically designed and the corrected grain issue doesn't bother me in the slightest (the other 2 pair are nevada calf).
I do think price should always be a consideration. We paid full price for the Charmouths, but the other 2 were bought from Herring. In that price bracket I shop around and compare Churchs with CJ when making my future buying decisions.
For anyone who's interested in fragrance and the fragrance forum Basenotes, Churchs are exactly the same as Creed fragrances - establishment brand, expensive, not quite as trendy, too small to be cheap, too big to be niche, they suffer from the "Tall Poppy Syndrome".
FWIW all 3 apir of mine are pre-Prada. But I've seen the post-Prada stuff at Leffot, some of the fashion forward stuff is overpriced and pleather looking, but a few of the new traditional models are really quite handsome.
Anyway, to each his own. I manage to find room for a lot of brands in my closet.
Enjoy your Charmouths!