I was in New York several week ago, and stopped in at Leffot and Crockett and Jones. http://www.styleforum.net/showthread...53#post4125653
Steven at Leffot is a good guy, knows his shoes. A real pleasure. I'm rough on toes, so I dropped my new shoes of with NickV
at BNelson/VIPShoeRestorers to add metal toe plates. Nick is another good guy, very generous with information. He gave me several catalogs when I was in the shop. His guys do top notch work, I would highly recommend them. These shots are after I've been wearing the shoes. Received, the edge of the metal plates were nicely dressed so they blended with the sole edge on. Even now, with the scuffing, you would hardly notice they are there, looking at the shoes. It's interesting to me, I know I am hard on my toes, but I can really feel it each time I strike them, now that I have the toe plates on. Edward Green Westminster in dark oak:
Pierre Corthay Arca:
Gratuitous shots of the lasted trees and the shoe:
Crockett and Jones Handgrade Lonsdale, last 363:
Some general impressions: The EG are extremely comfortable and fit me true to size. Out of the box, they required pretty much no break in. By pure chance, ended up on a 4 mile walk the first day I had them on, no problems at all. The Corthay, for such a slim shoe, is also quite comfortable, but does need some break in. It's very well made. The C&J Lonsdale are also quite conformable, but need a little break in. I'd gone by to look at the Audley on the 337. Spent some time walking around with an Audley on one foot, and the Lonsdale on the other. The Lonsdale fit me better. Chatting with the guys at C&J, they say the New York store is doing very well for C&J, they want to expand in the US, and are considering opening a new store, either in Chicago or San Francisco. I encouraged them to come to San Francisco.