Originally Posted by Macallan
or get shoes for £450 at the summer and xmas sale
After xmas went to Jermyn Street; started at C&J looked at a few shoes, then went to the smaller C&J shop and realised what I knew before - time waste (at those prices). Should have gone straight to EG.
C&J has been tremendously over hyped ( in particular in this forum) in the last ~ 3 years, associated with a huge expansion of sales outlets. There are now three C&J shops in a 200 m radius of Jermyn Street.
That means that there are no bargains to be had. C&J first stopped selling handgrades several years ago in their factory shop- so as to offload them in Jermyn street on sales. Now they almost shut down the benchgrades too.
If anyone is thinking of going to C&J's Northampton factory shop: don't .
First you will get a desperate "sausages" with a dwindling eBay shop to feed (eBay it; for the novices) , running up like a madman and grabbing up the max 4 pairs in 30 secs. After this sad spectacle you look around and it is all crapolla (£120-150); except for the very very occasional gem at £180.
The interesting question is: what is EG going to do about C&J?. Prices are narrowing fast, because of CJ handgrade price inflation despite the fact that they are not getting any better. Does EG foLlow suit and open more shops? Do they have the capital for that? Personally I hope not, but that they still remain profitable- because a tightly controlled sales channel like today's C&Js is no good for shoe aficionados