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post #2446 of 4448

Correct, and remember CanadaPost doesn't issue duties and taxes.  All they do is collect when the CBSA asks them to.

 

They don't get the parcel until its released from customs.  So if its through customs and going to a Flex location rather than a residential address it makes no difference.

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Originally Posted by ADub View Post

I stopped by Brooks Brothers at RBC and got a list of the sizes left for the Black Fleece shoes by C&J. The lasts are on the very rounded side but the quality for price can't be beat. You are looking at just under $250 plus tax for any of them in the picture.



Sizes are US instead of UK:

Burgundy: 11 & 12

Black scotch grain: 9 & 11 & 12

Black calf 9.5 & 10 & 10.5 & 11

Boots 12

Suede 8.5 & 9 & 11

Thanks - just picked up the 9D scotch grains. I'm usually a 9.5D but should be fine.
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i went through Brooks Brothers at RBC today......shoes have been decimated since ADub was there yesterday....i picked up the last burgundy pebble grain (11, these weren't on ADub's list) and the sole pair of burgundy calf in 11 were reserved...they only had black scotch grain boots and the suedes left in a few sizes.  there were some BF sneakers for $140.

 

I've picked up three pairs of the Black Fleece C&Js in this clearance....for a total of slightly less than what one pair of identical, bar branding, C&J Peal & Co's would have cost from the other side of the store....interestingly all the BF shoes i bought were supplied in Peal& Co bags.

post #2449 of 4448
The Burgundy smooth calf is corrected grain as well as one of the black models (the one with brogueing). Overall, the C&J for black fleece are a good deal only if you pick the right pairs. The full grain calf takes a nice shine. Jokb mirror shined the pair I bought to a perfect mirror shine.
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i think for $250 a pair the BF shoes are a great buy, corrected grain or not.  Ive compared the three pairs of BF shoes that I bought in this clearance (all full grain) to my five pairs of C&Js and i can see no difference in quality.

 

i agree that a lot of the BBBF is still overpriced even with ~70% off (the $2500 retail suits from thailand and the $1100 retail watches made by Seiko fro example) but the shirts are incredibly well constructed and the shoes are made to C&Js normal standards....at $70 for the shirts and $250 for the shoes, they are a good deal by any standards.  

post #2451 of 4448
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Originally Posted by Spex View Post

Hm...do I need a black calf wingtip? The burgundy would be nice. I do find the welts a bit wide though.

In my experience it's only a good deal if it fits your lifestyle and the aesthetic you are after. I've bought things because they were such a good price at the time but ended up selling them later because I didn't like it enough aside from the really low price.
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Originally Posted by Deoraby View Post


i went through Brooks Brothers at RBC today......shoes have been decimated since ADub was there yesterday....i picked up the last burgundy pebble grain (11, these weren't on ADub's list) and the sole pair of burgundy calf in 11 were reserved...they only had black scotch grain boots and the suedes left in a few sizes.  there were some BF sneakers for $140.

I've picked up three pairs of the Black Fleece C&Js in this clearance....for a total of slightly less than what one pair of identical, bar branding, C&J Peal & Co's would have cost from the other side of the store....interestingly all the BF shoes i bought were supplied in Peal& Co bags.

I'll be honest I thought about getting something for the purpose of reselling within the return period but feel it might be more hassle than worthwhile given the uncertainty of turning a profit. There are some BBBF items in the back so not everything is on display; if you have a good relationship with a SA or ask nicely he/she can probably dig up something for you or set things aside. wink.gif
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i think for $250 a pair the BF shoes are a great buy, corrected grain or not.  Ive compared the three pairs of BF shoes that I bought in this clearance (all full grain) to my five pairs of C&Js and i can see no difference in quality.

i agree that a lot of the BBBF is still overpriced even with ~70% off (the $2500 retail suits from thailand and the $1100 retail watches made by Seiko fro example) but the shirts are incredibly well constructed and the shoes are made to C&Js normal standards....at $70 for the shirts and $250 for the shoes, they are a good deal by any standards.  

Agreed about the Made in Thailand suits; I looked at some of the unlined ones and you can see fusing. I tried on the navy blazer and it's very cropped even for my liking. The made in the USA tailored clothing is nice though. The shirts are nice too but they don't fit me as well in the back for that price; I still like the fabric on my Jack Lipsons more but I agree that now it's $75 you could do a lot worse for that amount for shirts.
post #2454 of 4448
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Originally Posted by Spex View Post


Amazing details on these BF OCBDs, BTW. Split yoke, MOP buttons, size gussets, and the front panels don't hang straight down from the placket, but instead are cut with additional material towards the opposite edge of the shirt. You'll see what I mean if you look at the photos of any of these shirts on the BB site. 

+1. I picked up one of these in white. I would never have paid full price, but for $68,the construction is amazing.fabric is very nice and heavy. Awesome collar roll.I am a 16.5, and a bb3 was the right size for me.

The 55 year old sales associate helping me initially thought he had found one in my size, but it wound up being some kind of Oxford cloth button down man dress or knee length shirt. The look on his face when he unfolded it was pure disgust, which perfectly matched how I felt.
Edited by scatterbrain - 1/24/16 at 4:30am
post #2455 of 4448
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Originally Posted by ADub View Post

I stopped by Brooks Brothers at RBC and got a list of the sizes left for the Black Fleece shoes by C&J. The lasts are on the very rounded side but the quality for price can't be beat. You are looking at just under $250 plus tax for any of them in the picture.



Sizes are US instead of UK:

Burgundy: 11 & 12

Black scotch grain: 9 & 11 & 12

Black calf 9.5 & 10 & 10.5 & 11

Boots 12

Suede 8.5 & 9 & 11

That's my size and I am in the market for a pair of black derby either LWB or PTB. This pair would do if no one have snatched it up yet.
post #2456 of 4448
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Originally Posted by bellyhungry View Post

That's my size and I am in the market for a pair of black derby either LWB or PTB. This pair would do if no one have snatched it up yet.

Only the beige suede shoes left, I'm afraid. There are still a lot of OCBDs though and some suits and jackets if you are BB0, BB1, BB4 and BB5.
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I'll be traveling to Toronto in a few weeks for work and I had heard that there are extensive underground passageways that people can use in the downtown area to get from building to building. Is this the case? If so, how convenient are they? I'd like to be able to wear my dress shoes from the hotel to the events without worrying about any moisture or salt damage and also not having to layer on too heavily if possible.

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Originally Posted by CutandSew View Post

Only the beige suede shoes left, I'm afraid. There are still a lot of OCBDs though and some suits and jackets if you are BB0, BB1, BB4 and BB5.

Thank you. Save me a trip.
post #2459 of 4448
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Originally Posted by sentry View Post

I'll be traveling to Toronto in a few weeks for work and I had heard that there are extensive underground passageways that people can use in the downtown area to get from building to building. Is this the case? If so, how convenient are they? I'd like to be able to wear my dress shoes from the hotel to the events without worrying about any moisture or salt damage and also not having to layer on too heavily if possible.

If you are strictly staying downtown, then yeah. Here is the map so you can compare to where you'll be staying.

http://torontopath.com/path-map/

But if you'll visit say Yorkville or Destilery or Entertainment District, you will have to go outside.

This winter is mild though. For now...
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yes i deal with a chap called Bruno and he disappeared into the back and found the burgundy scotch grains and BF sneakers.....i really think they have pretty much mined the stock cupboard now though......

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