He's also flat wrong. C&J hand grade isn't USD800-1000, benchgrade is nowhere close to that.
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Here's a direct quote from an email sent to me from C&J - NYC
Hope your well. Sorry for the delay were still w/o internet connection here at the store.
So, I've been using my own tablet trying to keep up with all the correspondences.
The simple answer is our Main collection of Oxfords shoes are in the $600.-$700 range.
My recommendation would be either the HALLAM or CONNAUGHT model.
Our Hand-Grade collection are in the $800.-$1000. range.
- Anthony @ Crocket & Jones NYC.