I have read about crockett and jones handgrade and bench grade. Â Can someone please explain the differences. Â I am assuming it is a quality thing but does it apply to materials as well.
I've always thought of myself as a 'student' of this board rather than a 'teacher' but here goes based on my meagre experience: Both are machine-made shoes and are goodyear welted. The handgrades use finer calf leathers, asymmetric lasts, oak bark tanned soles and have a channeled sole. The handgrades, the brown and tan ones at least, are also antiqued (though not to the level of Edward Green). The benchgrade C&Js are good shoes though not nearly as elegantly styled as the handgrades. I have a couple of pairs of the benchgrades and like them as I find them attractive and comfortable and feel they represent good value (much cheaper than Church's and with better quality leather). They definitely don't have the 'wow' factor of the handgrades on the 337 last. I've never tried Loakes but have heard from other forum members that they're nothing special.