Originally Posted by cronicmole
Who buys FIVE pairs of shoes instead of one test shoe from online?
Its called different lasts, if your brilliant idea of buying 'one test shoe' happens to be a 348, how would you know if the 341 your interested in would fit you as well???? ahhh you wouldnt.
Originally Posted by Luddite
I suspect the OP subscribes to the great internet "buy before you try, then return 90% of what you buy" philosophy.
Originally Posted by 89826
PG, give Aldens a try. You could start at BB to see some of their styles. Alden makes a variety of lasts that fit very differently: barrie, aberdeen, plaza, grant, and so on. BB has Aldens made on the barrie, aberdeen, and plaza lasts for sure.
Shoemart, which does a very good internet business, has a phenomenal selection.
I will give them a try, actually reading through a lenghty Alden thread on here atm.
Originally Posted by AlexE
Well, you buying the wrong size has nothing to do with C&J being bad shoes.
So you live in Boston. Why don't you get on the train down to NYC on a Saturday morning, go to the C&J store and try different sizes for all the lasts you like. Figure out which size / last combinations work and then order online.
The excuse that you can't try does not really count for someone living in Boston. Especially since Barneys at Copley Place carries a selection of C&J's - they definitely have the 337 and 348 last!
A few things, 1. not sure if you've been to Barneys here lately but they have 4 pairs of C&J, two loafers (which I could care less about) and two 348 lasts. In each of the 348 they have about 3 sizes none of which are close to mine, they do not have the 337; and 2. I'd really do not want to take a train to NYC to try on shoes when i can just ordered different sizes and have them sent to me.
Originally Posted by Redwoood
I think OP just wanted to sample a large number of C&J lasts to see which ones he would like most. He probably has no access to C&J shoes at a B&M store, and while he probably expected to send some of them back, he was disappointed that none fit well.
Correct, the Brooks Brothers in MA> do not really carry much if any C&J, besides some 260 last which is horrendous, as stated above Barneys doesnt have shit and no where else carries them.
Finally to those saying I havent tried the right sizes, etc. (1) many of the lasts only come in E(D) width, (2) in last 341 I have tried both a 10 and 10.5 and the 10 was a def. no go, could barely get left foot in the shoe, (3) in the sizes I have 9.5 (10.5) in all the lasts, length and width fit perfect, there is just the right amount of room in the toe area, so I dont think its an issue.
Maaybe I give the cushion thing a try?