The rainy season's back and, after nearly killing myself walking home in a pair of Grenson Masterpieces on smooth pavement made slick by light drizzle, I think it's time I bought another pair of rubber soled shoes. I have my eye on C&J's Radstock model - it's on the new 341 last and looks considerably nicer than the Stratford (very clunky looking and definitely not comfortable to wear for long periods). I thought I'd try my luck at the factory shop first and so paid Northampton a visit yesterday, but they didn't have much in my size this week and certainly not the Radstock. Â (I swung by the John Lobb factory shop as well for the first time, just to have a look around. Â Their stock was made up of mostly loafers, but I did get to try on a pair of the fabled Jermyn IIs - very cool.) So, I decided to break the bank and get them at full price. Â Unfortunately, C&J on Jermyn Street didn't have my size and, for whatever reason, I decided not to visit the Burlington Arcade store (probably cos it would've meant walking past Edward Green and hence a lot of window shopping). I did remember reading that Paraboot had a store on Savile Row though. Â Popped by and of course found a much wider range of rubber soled shoes on offer, in particular both plain toe and cap toe derbies which would make a nice change. Â But again, they didn't have my size and would have to order it in from the factory. So, while I have some breathing space, what do you guys think I should get out of these two options, and does anyone have any other ideas? Â Paraboots would be cheaper but also slightly more casual, I think. I have to say that I don't actually know much about Paraboot, but the general consensus seems to be that the quality of their shoes is pretty good and that their customer service is excellent. Â If anyone can tell me any more about their experiences with these shoes, that'll be great. Thanks.
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10/17/04 at 8:04am