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Originally Posted by Cuttingboard View Post

Going to Paris in October for 10 days and need to good shoe for walking that can be paired with jeans as well as wool or flannel pants that are comfortable for walking? The Parisians do not allow athletic shoes in their country and I make it a point to not wear my budweiser t-shirts outside the U.S. I have the C&J Westbourne and Monkton and would like to stay with the 348E last. Currently looking at the Tetbury in dark brown, how comfortable are these for walking a couple miles a day? Also hoping all models come with the dainite sole. Other suggestions?

This isn't a shoe recommendation per se but I purchased a pair of Islay boots from the C&J Paris store on Boulevard Raspail when I was there last year. The exchange rate wasn't as good as it is now but with the VAT refund I made out OK. Plus I was able to nail down my size in store. I emailed the store the week before to see if shoes/sizes where in stock and I went to purchase the day of arrival.
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Originally Posted by lagsun View Post

This isn't a shoe recommendation per se but I purchased a pair of Islay boots from the C&J Paris store on Boulevard Raspail when I was there last year. The exchange rate wasn't as good as it is now but with the VAT refund I made out OK. Plus I was able to nail down my size in store. I emailed the store the week before to see if shoes/sizes where in stock and I went to purchase the day of arrival.

Gotcha...I plan on visiting the Blvd Raspail store and have a list of shoes that I want. I was going to buy a pair now so that I can break them in for the trip. Did the C&J store refund the VAT or did you have to mail it in? When I was in Paris last year, I bought a few items at Galeries Lafayette and they deducted via credit card, the VAT at the store.
post #9378 of 12748
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Originally Posted by Cuttingboard View Post

Gotcha...I plan on visiting the Blvd Raspail store and have a list of shoes that I want. I was going to buy a pair now so that I can break them in for the trip. Did the C&J store refund the VAT or did you have to mail it in? When I was in Paris last year, I bought a few items at Galeries Lafayette and they deducted via credit card, the VAT at the store.

They provided all the paperwork and I had to submit at the airport. I received a credit card refund a month or two later. I could have waited on the other line for an instant refund.
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They provided all the paperwork and I had to submit at the airport. I received a credit card refund a month or two later. I could have waited on the other line for an instant refund.

Thanks...thats what I did when I bought some items in London. It was almost not worth the hassle. Did you have to show that the merchandise was still in box and not worn?
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Thanks...thats what I did when I bought some items in London. It was almost not worth the hassle. Did you have to show that the merchandise was still in box and not worn?

I packed knowing I was going to buy in shoes in Paris so only brought one pair of shoes with me which I wore on the flight over. I then alternated wearing new Islays with other pair while in Paris to help break them in. On the flight back I might have worn the Islays and carried the box in a shopping bag onto the plane. They never checked. It was a bit of a hassle but I was on an early flight out so there was no line and the refund was around $90.
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Thanks...thats what I did when I bought some items in London. It was almost not worth the hassle. Did you have to show that the merchandise was still in box and not worn?

Yeah I went to airport 3 hours early to be safe, was in line for 2 hours. Only got ahead due to the fact that I was willing to accept euros over pounds. Definitely just going to take VAT off at store and ship next time. 8.5% is almost VAT refund fee charged anyways.
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Lol that vat line in heathrow can get out of hand. Would def try and get in there atleast an hour in advance to get the money back. I nearly missed my flight I did

(Flight ended up getting delayed, fell asleep in the terminal, woke up to see the plane departing the gate, vat money went toward overnight stay in a crummy hotel near heathrow frown.gif )
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About to buy my first pair of CJs. If I wear a 9e normally is that what I need or is there a 9F? Never bought British made shoes before.
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Originally Posted by stevent View Post

Yeah I went to airport 3 hours early to be safe, was in line for 2 hours. Only got ahead due to the fact that I was willing to accept euros over pounds. Definitely just going to take VAT off at store and ship next time. 8.5% is almost VAT refund fee charged anyways.

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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

Lol that vat line in heathrow can get out of hand. Would def try and get in there atleast an hour in advance to get the money back. I nearly missed my flight I did

(Flight ended up getting delayed, fell asleep in the terminal, woke up to see the plane departing the gate, vat money went toward overnight stay in a crummy hotel near heathrow frown.gif )

Did you guys use the VAT line before or after security and what terminal were you in? I think last time I was there, I was flying American and I was able to use the the VAT office after security because I packed the shoes in my carry on. The one other time I didn't know about the VAT office after security and I ran all the way to terminal 2 from terminal 3 to take care of the VAT refund. I think they only asked to see the merchandise one time, so I'm 50/50 with whether or not they wanted to see it.
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Originally Posted by shoelover View Post

About to buy my first pair of CJs. If I wear a 9e normally is that what I need or is there a 9F? Never bought British made shoes before.

Firstly if I may make so bold, they are English shoes not British.

I have found that C&J are generous in width and length and it depends heavily on your feet and the last you are going for. I have 2 pairs of Belgrave (337 last) and Chelsea 3 on 238.

238 seems slightly broader on me, the 337 seems as if it were made for me. In comparison my Church's Diplomat (pre prada) are a half size up to get room in the toe box.

Incidentally C&J look much more elegant in the flesh and most pictures don't do them justice - suede Belgraves are just stunning dressed down with a pair of faded jeans IMHO.

While I'm at it, is there a big difference between C&J main line and hand grade; well yep there really is. Polish a hand grade properly and you would be hard pressed to know the difference between them and Edward Green's normal lines. considering they are over £350 less in my opinion it's a no brainer.

Well done all those at Crockett & Jones.

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good answer biggrin.gif
post #9387 of 12748
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Originally Posted by Berners15 View Post

While I'm at it, is there a big difference between C&J main line and hand grade; well yep there really is. Polish a hand grade properly and you would be hard pressed to know the difference between them and Edward Green's normal lines. considering they are over £350 less in my opinion it's a no brainer.
Well done all those at Crockett & Jones.

I didn't realize there was that large of a step up from C&J main line and handgrade and how they compare to EG. Will have to look closer at the C&J handgrade.
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To be fair I hadn't either. I really didn't want to travel to London to get my Gaziano and Girling 'dream pair' and was in a shop dropping off a repair and a pair of C&J Belgrave suedes started shouting at me. So I tried them on and bought a dark brown leather pair to keep them company too.

On close inspection at home I was very happy with my choice. Perhaps it is better to buy the top of one range rather than the starting point in another.

I had always thought of my C&J as my everyday shoes, but these I wil keep for special occasions.

Was planning on getting a pair of Lowndes (double monks) but the difference in quality will mean I get Seymour2 unless I end up in London and Mr Gaziano and Girling start their pesky whispering again (ooo how I love the MH71 last)

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Did C&J ever make a Ladbroke Handgrade?  I can't seem to find the name on the web.  Thanks!

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Anyone use flat shoelaces? If so, where did you buy them?


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