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post #1 of 27
Thread Starter 
I'm thinking of ordering from Pediwear the following shoe:

http://www.pediwear.co.uk/detail.php?stock_ID=365

It is not from the C&J 'Handgrade' line. Can anyone comment on the quality of this line? Are these shoes benchmade or not?

Also, I normally wear a 11.5 E US (Allen Edmonds). The shoe I plan to order is a 'G-fit' (wide). Would I be best served with an 11 or 10.5 UK? Any guidance would be appreciated.
post #2 of 27
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Originally Posted by Hard2Fit
I'm thinking of ordering from Pediwear the following shoe:

http://www.pediwear.co.uk/detail.php?stock_ID=365

It is not from the C&J 'Handgrade' line. Can anyone comment on the quality of this line? Are these shoes benchmade or not?

Also, I normally wear a 11.5 E US (Allen Edmonds). The shoe I plan to order is a 'G-fit' (wide). Would I be best served with an 11 or 10.5 UK? Any guidance would be appreciated.


I find C&J to be very good quality up the line with the Handgrades being the best obviously. These are benchmade and I would say that they are good buy. Just buy then from here though
http://www.plal.com/crockett.htm

BTW, I'd go with the 11 since it's a round last and your foot is wide.
post #3 of 27
Thread Starter 
Wow! That's a noticeable difference in price (assuming my math is correct). Thx!
post #4 of 27
I believe someone posted (either here or over at AAAC) that pediwear will price match Plal's price.

Anyway, I wear a 8.5 Allen-Edmond, and went down to a 7.5 CJ. But that is just me.
post #5 of 27
from the shoes that I've seen, but my experience with C&J so far has been 'indirect'. I have two pairs of shoes that I believe are made by C&J: Hackett and Ralph Lauren Polos. There is a big difference between the quality of the two in terms of leather, stitching, styling and finish.
post #6 of 27
But the Polos are handgrades.
post #7 of 27
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Originally Posted by josepidal
But the Polos are handgrades.
then there's a big difference between the quality of C&J standard grade and handgrade.

Ref: my polo C&Js they have cursive lettering on the insole exactly like the 'purple label corbens' that are being discussed. I wonder what the sole of those look like?
post #8 of 27
Received a pair of C&J Welbecks (Handgrade) very nice shoes and fits very nicely. Feels solid but not clunky (unlike Bally Scribes). A pair of Marstons are on their way, and saving up for the Weymouths.
post #9 of 27
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Originally Posted by chobochobo
Received a pair of C&J Welbecks (Handgrade) very nice shoes and fits very nicely. Feels solid but not clunky (unlike Bally Scribes). A pair of Marstons are on their way, and saving up for the Weymouths.


There is a chance you'll get these. And they'll be cheaper than the Weymouths

post #10 of 27
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post #11 of 27
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Originally Posted by chobochobo
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post #12 of 27
C&J handgrades are very overrated.

Great quality but apart from a few select models, the last shape is so ungainly as to look stupid.

I prefer the bench grades.
post #13 of 27
Well, the two C&J handgrades (Oxfords) that I have are very nice indeed and are amongst the nicest shoes that I have (I haven't gotten to EGs yet). Elegant last and well constructed, I prefer them to my John Lobb Oxford shoes. I guess it's all about different tastes.
post #14 of 27
ditto. i am very happy with my c&j. the brand is definitely on my list of preferred brands.
post #15 of 27
C&J's are well-constructed, beautiful shoes that can be had for ridiculous bargains. Probably the best value out there.
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