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The weather is warming up here but I still enjoy wearing boots! does anyone else wear boots in summer?


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Necro bumping this from a while ago. Love this. What model is it? I didn't know that C&J did a plain toe derby boot in grain leather for men.

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@Cleav
I would appreciate your advice about rounding off my recently acquired C&J collection.  Advice from everyone else is most welcome too, of course.  Thank you!

BK

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Background
I work in the ICT industry, about as far away from CBD as white collar work permits.  However, I'm trying to find my way back home to classic menswear from the "ICT wilderness".  I started my working life as an army officer, where military/semi-formal dress ruled.  So, my civilian working life began with bespoke civilian lounge suits in the wardrobe but I gradually lost my way, as the ICT industry became progressively more casual over the past two decades.  Joining SF recently was a last ditch effort on my part to arrest my sartorial decline.

Clothing  Plan
Being over 50 now, my plan is to wear mainly odd jacket ensembles in solid colours, perhaps with a bit of texture too.  However, I'm not big on the bold patterns that are popular nowadays.  Fabrics preferred are medium weight wool blends/worsteds/linens for summer/tropics and heavy weight wool blends/worstead/cashmere/tweed for winter/three season.  My modest new lounge suit collection will be limited to basic solids and PoW checks in various cuts.   

C&J Footwear Plan
Given the above, I favour low cut ankle boots, specifically Chukka/Desert boots as they can pull double duty either casual/country and or semi-formal/town.  If I was more CBD, then I would go for Chelsea boots rather than Chukka, as slightly more formal.  Presently, my Oxfords are all semi brogue (both blind and medallion style).  Again, so they can pull double duty (casual/country and semi-formal/town) at a stretch.

My C&J Collection 
Below is a picture of my C&J collection today, in the shape of an upside down triangle.  Arranged from the most frequently worn footwear in the top row  to the least frequently worn in the bottom row.  From the more formal on the left to the least formal on the right.  I would appreciate you advice to fill in the gaps, as I notice from your pictures that my C&J preferences are similar to your own.  Obviously, making appropriate allowances for different locations and working environments.  

Anyway, Cleav what say you mate?  Again, thanks.
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Top Row:  [1C]  348 Milton boots in ocean blue suede?  [1E] 359 Hartland boots in ocean blue suede or special order in antique dark brown?

Middle Row:  [2B]  348 Westbourn in chestnut brown or special order in antique dark brown?  [2D] 363 Barrington 2 special order in antique dark brown.
Bottom Row: [3A] Plain capped Oxfords in black or whole cuts for semi-formal/DJ use?  [3B]  341 Sydney in snuff suede?  [3C]  Driving slippers in suede?

Note: I do have other non-C&J footwear that covers off the rugged country footwear side, i.e. black and dark brown leather chukka boots with commando soles) and black leather Chelsea boots with double leather soles.  

Mate, honoured to be asked, many thanks. Many on here and other threads very qualified to chip in too, more the merrier? I'd also consider posting same question to Noodles Good Natured Advice Thread, great seat of learning that!

IMHO etc etc I may consider these...

A brogue (Clifford), unlined Chukka, Double monk (Lowdnes?), single monk (Monkton?) etc etc instead of a driving shoe (which I have a couple pair of Todds I might consider Boston? Hallam or of course Lonsdale. Weymouth and Courtenay. No black suede there either, could go Tetbury/Merton? I could be here all day mate. I'll think on....

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Has anyone subjected the waxed calf Northcote to inclement weather? If yes, how'd things turn out? That boot has grown on me over the last number of months .....
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Has anyone subjected the waxed calf Northcote to inclement weather? If yes, how'd things turn out? That boot has grown on me over the last number of months .....
A very good question - or at least one I've been meaning to ask as well! It's a beautiful boot yet I've wondered if it's "too pretty" to use for its intended purpose. (I know, I know, they're boots, use them...)
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Mate, honoured to be asked, many thanks. Many on here and other threads very qualified to chip in too, more the merrier? I'd also consider posting same question to Noodles Good Natured Advice Thread, great seat of learning that!

IMHO etc etc I may consider these...

A brogue (Clifford), unlined Chukka, Double monk (Lowdnes?), single monk (Monkton?) etc etc instead of a driving shoe (which I have a couple pair of Todds I might consider Boston? Hallam or of course Lonsdale. Weymouth and Courtenay. No black suede there either, could go Tetbury/Merton? I could be here all day mate. I'll think on....
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@Cleav thanks man.  I appreciate you taking the time to reply in detail and repost some of your own pictures.  

 

Well you didn't disappoint me and my instinct about your preferences was right on.  Our C&J preferences are indeed very similar.  Albeit, with the notable exception of the monks, which is a category of footwear that is still foreign to me.  But I'm warming s-l-o-w-l-y to them, monks.  Surprisingly, it appears that I (a humble antipodean from down under) may be even more conservative than your sir, a quintessential Englishman.  Crikey! :D

 

When reviewing your C&J shoe pictures above, I must confess that I smiled upon recognising shoes that have been under active consideration on my own short list, e.g. 337 Clifords and 348 Westborunes in browns etc.      In the case of the 348 Westbourne, I see you have them in two shades of brown above.  Could it be that you have a pair of the current standard model in chestnut brown and also have them in antique dark brown too -- via special order?  If so, then snap!  That's exactly what I've been thinking about doing too.

 

Anyway, thanks again. Armed with your suggestions, I will update my C&J game plan.


Edited by BespokeKiwi - Today at 7:46 pm
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@BespokeKiwi

 

In response to the questions you posed regarding your collection.

 

1. You have enough chukkas. You need to diversify in boots. Several options you may want to consider that can serve as both city/country boots - Harlech, Northcote and Chelsea. You could also opt for a very dressy city boot the Somerville. If you are hell-bent on ordering more chukkas...I would opt for an MTO handgrade antique brown Tetbury with a medallion on the toe.

 

2. Oxfords - you could use a pair in suede - perhaps a Hallam in Espresso Suede which is extremely CBD...or something a little lighter and still very dressy such as a Westfield in Tobacco suede.

 

3. I would opt for a cap-toe oxford over a whole-cut. I think they are more versatile...and this is my opinion. C&J has numerous options here, the Connaught I believe being the most traditional in black on the 236 last...if you are looking for something more modern there are several others on various lasts such as the Belgrave on the 337 (still pretty traditional), the Hallam in black on the 348 or the Lonsdale in black on the 363...both of these being more modern. If you want a wholecut you have the Alex on the 348 or the Weymouth (handgrade) on the 337...there is also the Wembley which is a plainfront oxford on the 360.

 

4. My favorite of the C&J Loafers is the Teign - an unlined loafer in dark brown suede. I highly recommend this one and I know many other C&J afficionados will vouch for this model.

 

5. You could use a full brogue or semi-brogue dress shoe...i.e., the Clifford....this is one I would consider doing as an MTO and maybe in a hangrade leather option.

 

6. You need at least one monkstrap. I would recommend the Savile (handgrade) as the best CBD option. The monkton in chestnut is also very nice. Lowndes is their best double monk option if you prefer double monk to single monk.

 

7. You need at least one pair of truly country shoes...maybe the Islay or the Skye/Skye2...or the pembroke...or even the Marlow made by C&J for Ralph Lauren...

 

8. You need something other than plain calf....such as a grain leather shoe...good for rain/snow/fall/winter....this could be an oxford MTO...the Monkton and Lowndes both are offered in grain leather with dainite rubber soles for the Autumn/Winter seasons too....

 

just some general observations...you obv don't need all of these shoes...but i hope my suggestions open you up to many of the great options C&J offers

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