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post #61 of 93
73 last vs 173 last?

The Consul comes on a 173. Some retailers sell a discontinued 73 last "balmoral" (without the Consul name). Any idea how the two shoes differ (if at all)?
post #62 of 93
I believe the 173 will have a bit more room in the instep area. My Consuls were either on the 100 or the 73 but I remember having to get rid of them because of the sharp down slope at the toe which I found uncomfortable.
post #63 of 93

Just as an amusing anecdote, yesterday I visited the Church's store in Regent Street and I asked the sales lady about wholecut oxfords. She had no idea what I was talking about and was surprised when I explained her that toecaps are not what I wanted.

post #64 of 93
I'm sure the quality of the leather has gone downhill. I remember shoes on the old 100 last a few years back. Leather (tobacco calf) had just that - a lovely cigar-like tobacco smell. The new line on the 173 last has lower-grade leather, I'm sure of it. No tobacco smell.
Edited by rabiesinfrance - 2/18/13 at 1:21pm
post #65 of 93

You can always smoke them over some Havana cigars if you like :)

post #66 of 93
I walked by the Church's store a few days ago and it was filled with studded shoes and rhinestone covered loafers. RIP Church's.
post #67 of 93
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Originally Posted by usctrojans31 View Post

I walked by the Church's store a few days ago and it was filled with studded shoes and rhinestone covered loafers. RIP Church's.

These?

post #68 of 93
Over the last year or so Church's has really gone down the drain. It seems now that all of their shoes around the £300 mark either have shitty leather or linen lining, or both. Lots of weird fashion shoes too, as others have mentioned. It's a shame because their goodyear oxfords in regular calfskins were really excellent a year ago. On sale they could be had from £150, and IMO they were a hair better than C&J. But they've become a joke, and they seem to be doing well too, judging by the London stores. I'll be going to C&J and EG henceforth.
post #69 of 93
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Originally Posted by nutcracker View Post

These?


Those are the ones, yet there are even worse ones.
post #70 of 93
Those are ladies shoes, to be fair. (Are they not?)
post #71 of 93
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Originally Posted by Loathing View Post

Those are ladies shoes, to be fair. (Are they not?)

No they are men`s fing02[1].gif

(there is an identical lady`s model)
post #72 of 93
Oh. Well that is a shame.
post #73 of 93
To be honest they're all taking the piss with their retail price these days...Tricker's, Church's, C&J, EG, G&G etc. Their price has risen so much in just two to three years - far beyond anything plausible. This forum's steadfast backing of C&J has created a monster.
post #74 of 93
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Originally Posted by Loathing View Post

Those are ladies shoes, to be fair. (Are they not?)

 



To be fair, most ladies shoes produced by, loosely speaking, "Northampton brands" are at best indifferent.

 

E.g. http://www.trickers.com/collections/mens/ladies/ladies_collection.htm it seems that the design principle is "make them smaller and maybe change the colours a little bit". Church's at least is making an effort at recognising that ladies wear different things than men.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Ich_Dien View Post

To be honest they're all taking the piss with their retail price these days...Tricker's, Church's, C&J, EG, G&G etc. Their price has risen so much in just two to three years - far beyond anything plausible. This forum's steadfast backing of C&J has created a monster.

 

Probably someone will tell me that the quality is worse, but aren't Herring brand shoes an example that you can make good looking quality shoes and retail them below £300?

post #75 of 93
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Originally Posted by Ich_Dien View Post

To be honest they're all taking the piss with their retail price these days...Tricker's, Church's, C&J, EG, G&G etc. Their price has risen so much in just two to three years - far beyond anything plausible. This forum's steadfast backing of C&J has created a monster.

I would blame inflation instead of manufacturers jacking up prices. Even prices for bread and milk increased dramatically.
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Originally Posted by Loathing View Post

Over the last year or so Church's has really gone down the drain. It seems now that all of their shoes around the £300 mark either have shitty leather or linen lining, or both. Lots of weird fashion shoes too, as others have mentioned. It's a shame because their goodyear oxfords in regular calfskins were really excellent a year ago. On sale they could be had from £150, and IMO they were a hair better than C&J. But they've become a joke, and they seem to be doing well too, judging by the London stores. I'll be going to C&J and EG henceforth.

Church's custom grade shoes did have linen lining before Prada took over. No?
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Originally Posted by nutcracker View Post

These?


Not for igents but they are a beautiful and novel idea.
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