For further comparison the C&J Islay boot currently retails at 405GBP whereas I can get a Trickers Stow, whose speciality is country shoes and boots, from most UK stores for 355GBP RRP although I do believe Trickers are also puttting up their prices by approx 20GBP but it still puts the C&J ahead in terms of price but not necessarily quality.
If this price creep continues at the current pace I think my C&J buying days may be drawing to a close or perhaps I will just have to buy less :- (
I own both the Stow and the Islay. The Islay's leather and build quality are superior to the Stow's. Also, I think, the Islay's last is more attractive. If I were forced to surrender one I'd hand over the Stow w/o any hesitation. Were it between the Islay and Alden brogue boot in Ravello shell it would be a dilemma for me.