Hello gents, thrifted these C&J for Barney's over labor day. Can anyone I.D.? I've tried googling the numbers writtien inside with no result.
And is there a term for the type of lace eyelets?
I'm trying to work out whether it makes sense to pay a premium of ~$130 for a hand-grade versus a bench-grade. I'm really just looking for a new brown captoe to add to my workday rotation. Should I expect that premium to pay off in comfort, durability, and longevity?
As much as I appreciate the craftmanship involved in a hand-grade, I don't think I'll derive much value from the knowledge that my shoes were finished by hand rather than by machine, or from the fact that the shoes will look better upon close inspection. For purposes of this purchase, it'll be more about function, comfort, and value.
Journeyman, thanks for the input!
I do have a pair, but it was passed down secondhand from an uncle after many years of wear, so the footbed molding was never quite right. If anything, that pair probably gave me an unfairly negative impression of hand-grades. For what it's worth, I'm very pleased with my C&J benchgrades--definitely worth every penny.