Originally Posted by Pliny
Well here they are - I went for the AS 48, added a medallion, and went for a red-brown colour. I couldn't be more impressed - so cheers for the inspiration.
They're in a better class than any other shoes Ive handled - e.g. C&J, Vass, EG RTW. I'm not knowledgeable on construction but the look and feel of these shoes has to be experienced first hand. The leather is flawless, thick and supple; the colouring is rich and lustrous and brings out the grain and texture. The stitching is perfectly aligned and robust. The last and general shape is sleek without being delicate, a perfect balance front and back, and I especially like the low cut quarter. (the shoes also fit v well); and the soles are beautifully beveled and waisted and cut very close to the upper, making the shoes much sleeker than any other double-soled double monk I've seen.
And Chay Cooper is a real gent.
I'm so glad that you're happy with them. Call me biased, but I think that they look pretty "Dope". Wear them in good health.
I'm not going to add much to above, other than to say that I think if the truth be known, most people will have their "favourite" makers and some will go to great lengths to justify why.
I dodge those discussions because, as has been noted, most maker's shoes will bear some similarity to each other. Some will have good points, some will have bad points, but none of them will generally be bad.
For me, the shoes have to be of an acceptable standard, after that it's the other stuff which are more important to me, such as customer service (both pre and post sales). As I write, I've yet to find Customer Service better than Chay at AS.
But that's just my opinion and choice....