As I have just acquired a brand new pair of Grenson "Headingley" from the Rose collection I feel I should offer my thoughts. I heard good things about these shoes over on AAAC and decided to take the plunge. I will compare them to two of my current shoes, the Allen Edmonds Mcclain (on the 8 last) and the Crockett & Jones Hallam (on the 348 last). Here is the breakdown:
Hallam: $434 (pediwear, i know Plal sells them cheaper)
Headingley: $355 (again, pediwear for comparison purposes)
Mcclain: ainline calf, nice but fairly still and takes several wearings to break in.
Hallam: Soft, supple leather right out of the box and felt broken in after first wearing.
Headingley: Would rate these above the Mcclain and right below the Hallam in terms of leather softness. I really love the Cognac color of the leather and after a few wearings break in very well. I get complements all the time.
as you can see, I am very happy with my purchase and would reccommend these shoes to anyone. The leather quality seems very high to me as does the rest of the details of the shoe. Last is very elegant with more of a rounded toe than the Hallam but not so rounded as to look too "clunky". I would have made a comment about comfort but i understand that everyone's feet are different so that wouldnt have done any good. Please feel free to ask me any questions about the shoe and hopefully I can help you out.