Just fwiw the shoes in previous post are some years old and they are not even premium model but have worn very well, still look great. One thing I wonder is about the different levels of AS, I know there is exclusive etc, but how can you tell which is which? I know some have size and last in a little oval inlay like Edward Green.
I have one other pair of AS that has regular printed size on the inside wall and these in the previous photos above have hand written size and lst on the inside wall? Anyone know? Both my pairs have worn Every bit as well as CJ, JL, EG - btw premium models in general don't necessarily wear any better than standard models but just have finer details and possibly more refined fit IMO
AS Exclusive, IMHO, is above normal benchgrade C&J, but below EG.
The AS uses great leathers, and the attention to the waist and sole (closed channel, narrow fiddleback waist) is incredible. All of this is handwork.
If they have open channel stitches in the sole (like C&J or Herrings by AS) then they are one grade lower.