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post #3406 of 7631
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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

I tried a pair on in NY but really wanted a handgrade model. Really clean shoe, sharp. I think sky valet carried it also.

 

I'm saying no; not because of the model as such, but mainly because of the rubber sole.

post #3407 of 7631
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Originally Posted by S K M View Post

Islay owners, how do you guys care for yours? I'm using Saphir products, and find that using their wax polish would make sense, but what colour? And would you occasionally use renovateur or cream polish as well? Opinions much appreciated!

Cheers,
SKM

Your call on the colour; too many people on here get too het up over which colour to use on shoes and boots. For what it'a worth, I tend to use burgundy or dark brown cream.

I wax my Islays so tend not to bother with wax polish - you can get a mirror shine on waxed leather but it will often smear. Plus, I'm not convinced that a mirror shine on grained leather actually looks that good.
post #3408 of 7631
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Originally Posted by S K M View Post

I'm saying no; not because of the model as such, but mainly because of the rubber sole.
Rubber sole?
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Originally Posted by S K M View Post

Islay owners, how do you guys care for yours? I'm using Saphir products, and find that using their wax polish would make sense, but what colour? And would you occasionally use renovateur or cream polish as well? Opinions much appreciated!

I should say my Islays are one of my foul weather boots so I don't really dress them up. During the heavy winter/snow season I typically put a couple coats of SnoSeal then a final layer of some Kiwi brown wax polish (I know it is overkill but it does the job in winter). The rest of the year I typically grab whatever cream polish I have and use them and then wax. I use leather cleaner occasionally when they get dirty. Saphir products are great but I typically use them on my smart shoes.
post #3409 of 7631
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Originally Posted by CTBrummie View Post


Your call on the colour; too many people on here get too het up over which colour to use on shoes and boots. For what it'a worth, I tend to use burgundy or dark brown cream.

I wax my Islays so tend not to bother with wax polish - you can get a mirror shine on waxed leather but it will often smear. Plus, I'm not convinced that a mirror shine on grained leather actually looks that good.

 

Thanks a lot! Agree that a mirror shine won't look good. In fact I don't opt for a mirror shine on any of my shoes, sticking to the saying that "a gentleman's shoes should be like the gentleman himself: shining, but not flashy"

post #3410 of 7631
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Originally Posted by Roguls View Post

Far better shoes for the same or less money:

Vass
Edward Green
St. Crispin's (maybe? - $)
G & G
many others I can't think of right now

Bontoni?
post #3411 of 7631
What are the thoughts on the C&J Shannon? I'm debating between the Tetbury chukka and Shannon boot.
post #3412 of 7631
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Originally Posted by othertravel View Post

What are the thoughts on the C&J Shannon? I'm debating between the Tetbury chukka and Shannon boot.

What does the C&J Shannon look like?
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post #3414 of 7631
Nice short country boot. Tetbury is sleeker so I guess it comes to your preference and what look you are going for. Tetbury is also on Dianite.
post #3415 of 7631
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Originally Posted by NAMOR View Post

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Originally Posted by DpprDr View Post

AS Exclusive > C&J BG

here here

gotta agree
post #3416 of 7631
Does anyone happen to own the Alex? My experience so far has been limited to Edward Green, Alden, and Allen Edmonds. The later two I feel are really difficult to compare to cj. I am considering going with the bench grade as upping to a handgrade is simply too expensive for what the shoe is. I am looking to purchase the black wholecut bal to be used for weddings etc. It won't likely occupy too much time in my rotation. What are some comparisons to cj benchgrade? Thank You Gentlemen.
post #3417 of 7631
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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

Does anyone happen to own the Alex? My experience so far has been limited to Edward Green, Alden, and Allen Edmonds. The later two I feel are really difficult to compare to cj. I am considering going with the bench grade as upping to a handgrade is simply too expensive for what the shoe is. I am looking to purchase the black wholecut bal to be used for weddings etc. It won't likely occupy too much time in my rotation. What are some comparisons to cj benchgrade? Thank You Gentlemen.

I own the Alex. Definitely not EG but I think the Alex is a fine enough shoe. What comparisons are you looking for? I would say they are just below AS Exclusive.
post #3418 of 7631
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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

Does anyone happen to own the Alex? My experience so far has been limited to Edward Green, Alden, and Allen Edmonds. The later two I feel are really difficult to compare to cj. I am considering going with the bench grade as upping to a handgrade is simply too expensive for what the shoe is. I am looking to purchase the black wholecut bal to be used for weddings etc. It won't likely occupy too much time in my rotation. What are some comparisons to cj benchgrade? Thank You Gentlemen.


Among the shoes I have I'd rank them as follows based upon quality of materials:

C&J Handgrade
AS Exclusive
C&J benchgrade
Alden
AE

I'd say it's a pretty linear from top to bottom in terms of the drop off between each of my ranks, although the Alden to AE is the biggest drop off and C&J Handgrade and AS Exlcusive are probably the closest.

Good luck.
post #3419 of 7631
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Originally Posted by bespoken pa View Post

IMO you are fighting an uphill battle. I'd list them and see how you fair.
The market will ultimately dictate the price but you should do okay, did you purchase them at retail?

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Originally Posted by SHS View Post

I would stretch them, or get a cobbler to do it.

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Originally Posted by DpprDr View Post

Not sure if it makes a difference with the pebble grain and how that would interact with stretching?

Just put "James Bond wore these in Skyfall" then someone will pick them up. fistbump.gif

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nod[1].gif Seriously. You could easily turn a profit on eBay with these boots. If you put Barbour To Ki To in the description with Skyfall, they will get a ridiculous number of hits.

Thanks for the responses, I will probably list them and see what happens. Not looking to actually turn a profit or anything, just want to pass them on to someone else and get some of my $$ back to use for something else. I picked them up on a trip to the UK, they were a special make up for a shoe store in Scotland in a brown roughout type of leather that I've not seen too often.
post #3420 of 7631
Thank You gentlemen, I was looking for what you provided a general comparison and what I should expect quality wise. I understand your plight dr. I purchased a pair of Alden cigar boots last month, then the ravello chukkas became available, the alex I have planned to purchase since my last visit to NYC. The cherry on top, eg trunk show next month. After this I'm done for a while or I will have to start shipping shoes to my office.
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