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I'm pretty sure that most shoe-trees sold by any shoe-maker are the same last. What I mean by that is that if you buy two C&J shoes on different lasts, the shoe trees are the same, not specific to the last. 

 

I never buy trees from C&J, but instead from Bexley - they are significantly cheaper (14.75 Euros) and of better quality (Cedar 3 piece rather than 2) than the C&J ones IMHO.

 

 

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Originally Posted by aj_del View Post

I was trying to compare apples to apples
For a US customer, as a member mentioned, HGs cost 599. I assume that trees are extra since I have never seen trees included in CJ prices. In comparison to HG's 599 plus trees, you can get MTO Vass (which includes lasted trees) for 700 plus paypal fees
Regarding Asot Shoes, he has listed some new Vass on F last for 495 GBP which is around 100 GBP less than what used to list them at. Plus he can give VAT refund of 20% on the new VAss. I corresponded with for his best price and he quoted 379 GBP plus trees plus shipping. In this case, I assumed around 30 GBP shipping, so 410 total without trees. In comparison, HGs would cost 384 GBP (as mentioned by a member) and to my knowledge the HGs are also without trees.
BTW, Ascot claims to be able to supply shoe trees for Vass.
Solid wood U-LASTED shoe trees are extra at £39.95 + Shipping
I am sounding like Ascot Shoe's spokesperson, but I dont hold his brief. I bought a G&G from him on ebay and it couldnt go through as he was not able to deduct VAT on that and he asked for 76 GBP shipping to India. I declined.


 

post #17 of 19
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So to get back to discussing C&J pricing...if I'm reading this all correctly then PLAL is still the cheapest at $475-500 depending on currency exchange movements IF they have your size/style in stock, which is growing scarcer, otherwise, Pediwear and C&J direct are about the same. Damn, I remember when the handgrade line was a little over $400. Not ready to start spending $6-700 on C&Js or Vass, unfortunately, so I guess I'll start looking into lines in the $250-400 range.

Can anyone recommend something comparable to the 337 last (softer chisel toe, not too elongated), and at least benchgrade quality? I have a pair of C&J benchgrade on the 348 last and I'm OK with the quality at that price point but I'm not a fan of the shape any more. Grenson, perhaps?
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Originally Posted by Brian278 View Post

So to get back to discussing C&J pricing...if I'm reading this all correctly then PLAL is still the cheapest at $475-500 depending on currency exchange movements IF they have your size/style in stock, which is growing scarcer, otherwise, Pediwear and C&J direct are about the same. Damn, I remember when the handgrade line was a little over $400. Not ready to start spending $6-700 on C&Js or Vass, unfortunately, so I guess I'll start looking into lines in the $250-400 range.
Can anyone recommend something comparable to the 337 last (softer chisel toe, not too elongated), and at least benchgrade quality? I have a pair of C&J benchgrade on the 348 last and I'm OK with the quality at that price point but I'm not a fan of the shape any more. Grenson, perhaps?

I'm looking for the same thing you are. Maybe Grenson when the A1 line comes out. Have you tried the C&J 341 last?
post #19 of 19
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I'm looking for the same thing you are. Maybe Grenson when the A1 line comes out. Have you tried the C&J 341 last?

Don't like the shape as much as the 337, which has more definition in the toe. Some perusing of Pediwear's site has identified the Grenson 96 last and Tricker's 4537 last as potential approximations, though not quite as elegant from the angles I've seen as the 337, both are cheaper than the C&J handgrade line.
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