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Help me choose first C&J shoe?

Poll Results: Which Shoe?

 
  • 27% (3)
    Westfield - Dark Brown Burnished Calf
  • 27% (3)
    Westbourne - Chestnut Burnished Calf
  • 45% (5)
    Malton - Chestnut Burnished Calf
11 Total Votes  
post #1 of 11
Thread Starter 

Hi everyone,

 

First time poster on this forum. I've been wanting to purchase  C&J shoes, and originally had my mind firmly set on the Selborne (was about to order it too) until after reading old threads I realised that the medallion is a bit suggestive.. 

 

Anyways, now I am having trouble choosing between the following:

 

- Westfield - Dark Brown Burnished Calf (http://www.crockettandjones.com/Product/Westfield-Darkbrown#.URZP1qV33ww)

- Westbourne - Chestnut Burnished Calf http://www.crockettandjones.com/Product/Westbourne-Chestnut#.URZP2aV33ww)

- Malton - Chestnut Burnished Calf (http://www.crockettandjones.com/Product/Malton-Chestnut#.URZP2qV33ww)

 

If it this was your first C&J shoe, and your prermier brown shoe in your rotation, which would you choose? Please note, I won't be wearing these with a suit, but with trousers (most likely gray).

 

If you have any pictures and if you can upload that will be greatly appreciated, it's hard to get an idea from stock photos.

 

Thanks in advance!

post #2 of 11
An interesting range of choice. Were you to have said that you wanted to wear the shoe with suits, I would have suggested the Westfield, as the darker color would be more universal. As it is, I tried to buy the Westbourne last November, but C & J didn't have one in stock in my size, so I ended up with the Malton, which I do not regret.

Enjoy whichever shoe you choose.
post #3 of 11
Have you tried any of them on? As those are 3 different lasts, you could always pick the last that fits the best.
post #4 of 11
As requested. my Maltons "in the wild", as it were . . .

post #5 of 11

I plan on buying my first pair of C&J shoes sometime this spring. I plan on getting these Selbournes

 

 

 

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post #6 of 11
I would go with either the Westfield or the Westbourne. The Westfield is a darker color which is generally better with suits, but the Westbourne is a more formal style absent the color. I think both would be lovely but will cast my vote for the Westbourne.
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Originally Posted by Fred G. Unn View Post

Have you tried any of them on? As those are 3 different lasts, you could always pick the last that fits the best.

Completely agree here. The shoe needs to fit.
post #7 of 11
I like the Westfield for shape (I own it in suede) and the Malton for color. As said above, go with the one that fits the best. They are all handsome shoes.
post #8 of 11
Definitely check out the lasts in store if possible prior to buying. I grabbed the Westbournes a while back from Barney's and the last, although beautiful, is simply too long/sleek for my foot (compared to AE, Alden or RL branded C&J).
post #9 of 11
As the others said "fit comes first". Also it is worth to look at the shoes in a store since photos can misrepresent shoe colors.

The Westbourne is beautiful, but I would go for chestnut only if I already have a good pair of dark brown shoes.

BTW: Nothing wrong about the medallion of the Selbourne
post #10 of 11
Thread Starter 
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Edited by dg626 - 2/11/13 at 1:38am
post #11 of 11
Thread Starter 
Tried to reply before, said it needed to be approved by moderator, but the comment didn't appear. Maybe my internet played up while posting.  Anyways, hopefully this post will work. 

 

Thank you all for the comments so far! Your replies, advice and suggestions is greatly appreciated.

 

 

Quote:

Originally Posted by Fred G. Unn View Post

Have you tried any of them on? As those are 3 different lasts, you could always pick the last that fits the best.

 

 

The answer to this is unfortunately a no. Where I live, the "best" available shoes in store are what I assume lower end Florsheims models and Loake (non 1880 line). Therefore, there is certainly a risk in the selection of not only last, but also brand (C&J, AG, Church, Loake, Tricker's, etc). I am UK 7 in Loake, and UK8 in Florsheims, so if I were to proceed with this purchase, I will certainly be getting a Size 7. In terms of width, my feet are narrow-medium, thus UK E-F (US D-E) is what suits me best. 

 

 

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by upr_crust View Post

As requested. my Maltons "in the wild", as it were . . .

 

 

 

@upr_crust, thank you very much for posting a photo of your Maltons. The shoes are very beautiful!

 

I have narrowed it down Maltons (slight preference) and Westfield for now. Westbourne is a beautiful shoe, but because of the last (long from what I gather), I think it's probably best if I try it on first. There is a chance I'll head to UK later on in the year, so will leave the possible purchase of Westbourne till then. So on that front, any big colour/tone differences between Chestnut Antique Calf (Malton) and Chestnut Burnished Calf (Westbourne). If there isn't, then like AlexE suggested, it's probably best to buy Westfield in Dark Brown. 

 

Between Malton's and Westfield, any comments on fit?

I saw this in another forum: Narrow 341 (Westfield) < 236 < 318 < 360 (Malton)

 

Thanks again!

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