I've wanted a pair of double monks for a while and quite like the look of the AS Ramsey. Never having had AS before, can anyone comment on the quality of the exclusive range in general and the Ramsey in particular? I'm most interested in upper leather quality, and by quality I mean it's ability to take conditioner and polish and remain supple.
Having only recently started buying 'good' shoes I don't want to end up with nasty leather. For the last few years I was buying shoes like Church's and Loake thinking I was buying quality shoes but the first pair of C&Js I bought - my word, what a difference in leather quality and that was 'only' the main collection, not handgrade.
I tend to be quite heavy on soles (despite only weighing 70kg!), are the AS oak tanned soles pretty decent when it comes to longevity?
A question more specific to the Ramsey, do the actual straps seem durable? It is double (or triple) leather and are the buckles built with elastic to take some of the strain?
Also, how so AS fit compared to say C&J? I have quite dainty feet at UK7 (in C&J Standard E fitting). As I'd be buying the Ramsey unseen, would a 7F be comparable?
Finally, does anyone know how much AS charge for recrafting? I know they offer the service but I can't see a price on the website.
Thanks for any advice you are able to give.