Hand grade vs bench is mostly about exclusivity and stylish but nonfunctional details like channeled soles. Handgrade might also use slightly choicier cuts from the hide, which is valuable. But bench grade CJ is a very nice shoe, especially if you like the elongated CJ lasts.
Last was good. Size 9.5 was perfect. I confirmed the last # with the shoe dude. He was not a sales person but someone who actually makes or works on shoes. I don't know if it was US size or UK size.
Can you tell from this pic?
I said 9.5 and I have always been 10 or in that range. The RLBL shoes that I have are 10s and they're big on me. I have a measuring tape. I wonder if I should just measure it or just get the shoes. Lol