In other news, new C&J models for BB:
Another shortwing open laced shoe!! Wish they did a longwing.
Do you know what the number written on the insole stands for ? i have a pair of grasmere in 8uk E, but a 85 written on the insole (8 on a line, 5 on another line, so 85 "vertically")
Another pair in 7.5UK E had only the number 75 horizontally, though.
8 for the size. 5 for the width (E=5, G=7 etc..)
And for the pair in 7.5 perhaps it was from an older collection where the width wasn't specified.
If I'm right, the standard (not the dark brown lasted ones) C&J shoe trees fit all lasts. But I found these "Paris specific". Which last are they based on?
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Grasmere. Hope they won't stretch too much. it's a 8UK (8.5UK/9.5US usually). Tried them in 7.5UK but they were too tight (maybe they could have stretched out enough eventually).
8UK are perfect now, that's why I'm afraid they may become a bit too big (I'm used to wearing shoes tighter than some people). Do you have any experience with that grain leather?
I'm finding the colour combination of the trousers and the shoes surprisingly complimenting...
I don't think you should worry about the leather stretching, if anything the shoes should ever so slightly adjust to the shape of your feet. Apart from that it looks like you could do up the laces a bit more judging by the opening between the facings...