Originally Posted by ThinkDerm
i would have gotten sunken eyelets. was that an option - between the leather lining and the top lining.
C&J didn't really consult with me on eyelet options...they just went ahead with this particular production. When I asked about it after the fact, they said that was their preferred way to make the shoes, citing recommendations from previous customers as to how the leather wore. Turn around time was excellent. I placed the order in mid July and got the shoes last week. And that was with them working around the August holiday. There was also some delay because their senior clicker was out ill for a week or so and they waitied until he returned to cut the pattern. All in all, aside from the eyelet lack of communication, I was very impressed with C&J's service. I would use them again for a special order, but I wonder if they will allow the choice of different lasts when ordering from catalog styles. I suspect not. John Lobb doesn't, and that puzzles me. I love the fact that at EG you can take a pattern and have it made up in any of their lasts.
Color is dark brown for the eyelets and laces. I can see the suggestion for a lighter colored lace, but I have a hell of time sourcing a variety of lace styles.
N&L is the only place I know that sells Russian calf RTW, but my understanding that C&J made those shoes (which C&J more or less confirmed) led me to pursue the purchase directly through C&J in a last and style I preferred over what N&L had. The fact that C&J makes at least the regular Cleverley RTW and perhaps even the Anthony Cleverley line as well made me wonder whether that would allow them to source the hides that Cleverley only produces on their bespoke options. (According to a NY Times article from 2006, the price of bespoke Russian calf is $4,200 or so.)
I worked with Kevin Hill who is the manager at the NY store. He provided excellent service. I had to laugh a little when he responded to my initial query by saying that he would inquire with Mr. Jones regarding my request. I guess there really is a Mr. Jones at the helm of Crockett & Jones.