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Fellow SFers, I need your guys help in choosing my first pair of C&J's. I'm still in college, so my style is casual (t-shirt and jeans) to business casual (casual dress shirts and chinos/non jeans). Since, i'm not wearing suits yet, I'm looking for something that is versatile with my style. In particular, I'm looking for Derby's in any colour but black. I'm 5'7, so I'm looking for something that isn't too elongated that will make me look clownish. (NOTE: Last 341 seems less elongated than the 348)

 

I was lusting over a pair of hand grade Brunswick 2, but its out of my budget (quoted ~$950). I can certainly see the amazing detail and quality put into these shoes. It blows my Paul Smith wingtip brogues out of the water. Anyways, my budget is more inclined towards the Main line (~$600), so far I've narrowed my list down to:

 

Norwich - dark brown

Last 348

Dainite Soles

 

 

Draycott 2 - chestnut

Last 341

Leather Soles

 

Any suggestions would be highly appreciated. Cheers!


Edited by xdawes23 - 10/5/14 at 1:41am
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if you're in college, go buy the Westbourne in brown. best shoe
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Originally Posted by AriGold View Post

if you're in college, go buy the Westbourne in brown. best shoe


Guy wrote he doesn't need the elongated last. Wesbourne is on 348. That's elongated is it gets. A mile long toe.

I would go with the Draycott, but the Chestnut Calf that is only available as a brown is to light and brings too much attention to the feet for my taste.

Wish CJ is making them in Dark Brown Calf. I had a same dilemma recently. Love some of their derby shoes but the current standard colors are all wrong. MTO is not worth it.

post #7954 of 12762
Props to you for being in college and understanding quality footwear. All my available funds went to less lasting purchases...
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Props to you for being in college and understanding quality footwear. All my available funds went to less lasting purchases...

That's about my story too.

@xdawes23

348 last is good. Westbourne is a good shout, plenty of others too. Go with your heart as it appears, after all, that you got a good head on your shoulders!
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#shoeshinesunday


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Snowdon

 

now officially ready for winter 

 

 

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Xdawes23 -why not a monk or chukka over a derby? The lowndes on grain/dainite/341 or the tetbury brown wax/dainite/348 might do the trick bridging the casual and business you're looking for.
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Have you noticed that the Draycott is only available in a G width? In my experience the shoe is quite wide and I never understood why they don't offer it in E.
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Guy wrote he doesn't need the elongated last. Wesbourne is on 348. That's elongated is it gets. A mile long toe.

The westbourne is beautiful and not really that elongated. its just fucken nice, and you'll carry it over to your working life. all the "Cross-over" purchases back in uni, i don't wear them anymore.

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Thanks for the suggestions. I wouldn't mind an elongated last as long as it fits me well and doesn't look like clown shoes. I'm lucky to have a local stockist who has personally been to the C&J factory and is passionate about getting me the right fit.

 

@jssdc

I want something versatile that I could someday wear with a suit. As for boots, I already have a pair of dress boots, and I would opt for a pair of monk's, but it looks like C&J don't carry any quadruple monk straps ;)

 

The Westbourne's are nice indeed. Can half-brogues oxfords be pulled off with jeans?

 

These Bradford's would be perfect, but they don't have any in dark brown this year.

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xdawes...


You can wear the wesrbournes with jeans, but they're not ideal. But then neither are those Bradford's.

When I was in my final two years of college, i used to try to find "cross-over" items between business and casual. None of those items exist in my business wardrobe anymore because there are ALWAYS better full formal options than the "in-betweeners".

Buy yourself a proper pair of dress shoes such as the westbournes, and save them for your formal functions, job interviews etc and LOOK like a boss, and get a nice pair of wolverines/aldens/vibergs etc to kick the shit out of every other casual day. If i knew this, I would've saved more towards buying C&J and carminas etc trying to find "dressy but tough boots" or mcnairy brogues.

but hey, this is just advice.
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Couldn't agree more with @AriGold. In between choices never sit well on either side of the fence. And smooth calf shoes with denim or casual chinos is a look that very few people can pull off and most shouldn't even try...
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Excuse my ignorance, but I can't find anywhere to order Westbourne's?  I figured a simple google search would have yielded tons of results but I really wasn't able to find anything...

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Pediwear, Edwards of manchester...all googled

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