To spray or not to spray? That is the question.
I am debating on using a Nano spray to protect the suede on these, any thoughts? Preferences?
I have 3 pairs of Monkton's and each one fits differently, especially my dark grown golf grain which is much larger than the other two.
Having owned and currently owning many C&J's I have to say that the sizes can definitely very from shoe to shoe, even being on the same last.
Interesting. I was trying on a bunch of C&Js this past weekend and it was interesting to me how every 348 last shoe in 9.5UK slotted straight on like the two I already own (Lowndes and Northcote) while the 341 last shoes felt consistently wrong in the same way every time. Didn't feel like any variation to me.
The Northcote, being a boot, does feel a touch different but the Lowndes, Hallam, Highbury, Edgware all felt exactly the same to me despite differences in fastenings.
What I did learn though is I'm glad I didn't try to order any 341 last shoe without trying it on. The 348 fits me extremely well in 9.5UK and 9UK is clearly too small to jam my foot into. With the 341, even a 9UK is too big in the heel on my left foot and in the 9.5UK both feet are just flopping up and down at the heel. Quite surprising. Couldn't tell just by looking at them that the differences in heel room were so large.
Anyway, the upshot is that my next C&J is a pair of Hallams with Dainite sole and I guess I'm stuck on the 348 last with C&J, at least with benchgrade. I didn't try on any handgrades- for those who fit well into 348 last shoes, is there any handgrade last which fits similarly?
I asked the people at the Hanger Project about the differences. They said Saphir's version did not contain silicone in it.
I've only ever used Saphir's suede protector and it works well after it is directly applied. But, after several wears it seems to wear off and needs to be applied more often in order to reap the benefits. I've been tempted to try Nano to see how it stacks up.