Crockett & Jones for Ralph Lauren Cordovan (Marlow, Darlton, Gifford, Garran, Lindrick, McCallum,... - Page 241
Styleforum Top Picks
Love mine. I'm thinking about putting together an MTO for a cordovan C&J Draycott or some other unique laceup.
U gotta get the pennies next. Ditch those pointy ZCoutures
Does not take nearly that long to break in.
More like 10+ wearings till the the insole molds to your foot and the sole flexes
Wearing approx. once per week, it took over a year before mine were truly broken in. I'm not that hard on them though.
Cheap polo branded pair
Is there a difference between the "Polo" and "Ralph Lauren" branded shoe? They look virtually identical it's hard to tell from those Ebay pictures on the Polo branded pair.
There is no difference in the quality of "Polo" and "Ralph Lauren" branded cordovan shoes made by Crockett and Jones, like the pair you reference. The label change corresponds with the rebranding of Ralph's empire; many newer items now carry a "Ralph Lauren" tag that in the past would have carried a "Polo" or a "Polo Ralph Lauren" one. This is why older Marlow shoes found on eBay and on the forums carry some version of "Polo" branding and have different packaging, green shoe bags and shoe cloths, and much lower original prices than the current $850 MSRP. FYI, the price of cordovan has increased significantly along with demand (and maybe, just maybe, increases in material/production costs) over the last fifteen years.
The shell cordovan material is the same stuff produced by Horween for all of these cordovan Marlow shoes. It is also worth mentioning that the last shape for the Marlow plain toe blucher and wingtip blucher may have changed at least once over the years. I do not know whether there has been a last change for the penny loafer.
I hope this helps.