Current Quality of Church's Shoes - Page 6
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I would agree with you, over the past 3 years or so their (good) reputations have gone to their heads and now they are milking their customers. Quality across the board has been reduced while price has increased.
The demand has increased. Online communities like this one are also "responsible" for it, for spreading the word praising English shoes far and wide :)
I've read here or at AAAC that Northampton shoe makers have big problems with increasing production due to the shortage of skilled workers (average age: around 50). And what does a capitalist company do when the demand increases and supply is inelastic? They increase the price.
Another factor is inflation, of course. The pound stering ain't what it used to be, and at least part of the materials used for a C&J shoe is imported (notably, leather).
I'd second this opinion. I made a visit to their Northampton factory, and was incredibly disappointed with what they had on offer. The quality of materials was shocking - so much so that I had to ask the assistant in their factory shop if the shoes on sale were apprentice practise samples!
Needless to say, my comment didn't go down too well...
I'd like to revive this thread and I hope that there still are some subscribers who take an interest in the development of Church's shoes.
My involvement with Church's began as of recently when I made my first acquisition of a pair of Westburys in calf leather. £170 GBP from Ebay as opposed to £380 (current price on Herringshoes.co.uk) and probably more expensive in retail in Sweden.
Church's Westbury BB Brown 6 G II (Click to show)
Church's Westbury BB Brown 6 G III (Click to show)
Church's Westbury BB Brown 6 G IV (Click to show)
Church's Westbury BB Brown 6 G V (Click to show)
I should be head over heels over this deal seeing as the shoes fit great IMO <- Please dispute this if you from the pictures can derive another point of wiew. I am disappointed though because when I tried these on, several loud cracks became appearent and from now on when I walk in these my right shoe makes the reknown "squish, squash, squish, squash" noise. Take a close look at picture #4 and tell what to make of it.
Do anyone have any suggestion what could've gone wrong and could anyone propose a solution? Is it me who 'raped' the shoes or is it the construction that can be critized?
Thanks for your time.
Edited by Silhouette - 8/29/13 at 3:08am
I think you're missinterpreting the whole situation. These shoes were auctioned as brand new and not seconds. There were no visible fault on the shoes nor any sign of wear. If Church's had manufactured shoes which were known to be faulty and sold these to retailers then this is a manufacturers issue as it will damage the brand. To simply dismiss my post as 'you get what you pay for' is arrogant and uneducated. I don't know if it's envy on your part.
I can either file a complaint to Church's or to the seller as it was within reason for me to believe that these weren't flawed, regardless of which price I paid in the end.
Hi, I'm re-posting this question I originally posted in the Allen Edmonds thread for some help from you guys as well:
"Need some sizing help. I have a friend in Asia who is asking me to get him a pair of AE McTavish. He doesn't know his US size. His only point of reference for me is that he wears a 9.5F on a Church's Capital. Any Church expert out there? Thanks!"