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post #3976 of 55242
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Originally Posted by blahman View Post
Between Loake 1880 and CJ Handgrade there is big jump in price too (at least double). So the quality pretty much needs to be noticeably better as well as there should be greater attention to detail in workmanship. If you are one to really appreciate the beauty of a fine pair of shoes then it is well worth it. It is just that I don't really have such fine appreciation down to the minute details (if I have to pay dearly for it). I tend more towards practicality - decent shoes that hold up well for a fair price - and the $200 - $300 range will serve me quite well. I will probably go as far up as CJ Hallams and stop there.

PS Those Lobbs are indeed quite sexy.

PPS Journeyman: I did just find out DJs stock some Zegnas though they cost about $1000
I think the quality in leathers on C&J handgrades is in another league compared to Loakes - that's the main difference for me.

While Loakes are serviceable, and will last a while before starting to look slightly worse after each wear, C&J handgrades look better after every wear.
post #3977 of 55242
Curse you all for making me want to buy nicer, more expensive shoes.
post #3978 of 55242
my loake 1880 chukkas feel like cardboard. they are beaters tho.

my C&Js feel like gloves on my feet in comparison.

i agree that RM Williams are good value boots.
post #3979 of 55242
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Originally Posted by The Ernesto View Post
Curse you all for making me want to buy nicer, more expensive shoes.

Indeed.

Although my wife did enjoy looking through the C&J catalogue...she was quite excited too.
post #3980 of 55242
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Originally Posted by __PG__ View Post
Indeed.

Although my wife did enjoy looking through the C&J catalogue...she was quite excited too.

She's a keeper
post #3981 of 55242
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Originally Posted by __PG__ View Post
Indeed.

Although my wife did enjoy looking through the C&J catalogue...she was quite excited too.

Whoa. My wife thinks I have a shoe 'problem'.
post #3982 of 55242
I'm lucky in that my wife shares my interests. Definitely a keeper.
post #3983 of 55242
My wife had 26 (or 36) pairs of shoes when we first met. This has since been culled to below 20 (having to move to England and back helped cull the collection). I think she was the one with the problem!
post #3984 of 55242
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Originally Posted by __PG__ View Post
Indeed.

Although my wife did enjoy looking through the C&J catalogue...she was quite excited too.

I remember pointing out to my wife some C&J shoes I liked in the window of one of their stores in London. She said she would be appalled if I ever spent that much money on a pair of shoes. Needless to say, I don't discuss any new shoe acquisitions with her!
post #3985 of 55242
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Originally Posted by __PG__ View Post
My wife had 26 (or 36) pairs of shoes when we first met. This has since been culled to below 20 (having to move to England and back helped cull the collection).

I think she was the one with the problem!

Hmmm ... I am pretty sure I own more pairs of shoes than my wife!
post #3986 of 55242
Loakes are the gateway to Lobbs.

I started with Loakes at University summer jobs, then moved to Church's, Paul Smith, more Church's, Ralph Lauren (via C&J I believe), Fratelli Rossetti, more Church's, then Bexley in Paris (more for the pleasure of buying shoes in Paris - beautiful wholecuts) and another cheap pair of Loakes of sale (yes Loakes!) for beat up weekend wear. I will jump on the bandwagon and say that Alfred Sargent Double Monks are next on the list (after a suit and some shirts from P Johnson Tailors). I am still under 30 and building my collection. No Lobbs until after thirty (or significant pay rise).

I am interested to know, what % of annual salary do people
a) think should be spent on clothing, shoes and sartorial matters
b) actually spend clothing, shoes and sartorial matters?

Not quite sure on my a) answer yet, but know my b) has been too much in the last few years. Less and better is the motto for this year. Treated myself to a beautiful pair of Persol 714 in tortoise shell over the weekend. No more gifts for myself until at least next month ...should be saving for my wedding.
post #3987 of 55242
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Originally Posted by bhall41 View Post
I remember pointing out to my wife some C&J shoes I liked in the window of one of their stores in London. She said she would be appalled if I ever spent that much money on a pair of shoes. Needless to say, I don't discuss any new shoe acquisitions with her!

I buy Church from Herrings and I point out to the wife that

a) I need them to keep up my appearance for work

b) they are so well made they will last for years and that they are excellent value for money. She once stated about my Balmorals "they look fairly plain but you can see there a well made shoe." Bless her.

And yes I would love to invest in a pair of C&J must pop in to the Loftus Street store is it in Sydney and drool over them the next time I am in town.
post #3988 of 55242
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Originally Posted by Geoffrey Firmin View Post
I buy Church from Herrings and I point out to the wife that

a) I need them to keep up my appearance for work

b) they are so well made they will last for years and that they are excellent value for money. She once stated about my Balmorals "they look fairly plain but you can see there a well made shoe." Bless her.

And yes I would love to invest in a pair of C&J must pop in to the Loftus Street store is it in Sydney and drool over them the next time I am in town.

Thanks for tips! I have tried b) with only limited success - she understands about Goodyear welting I will give a) a try next time she gets inquisitive about my shoe budget.
post #3989 of 55242
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Originally Posted by meister View Post
That dbl monk is calling me too...

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Originally Posted by Pink Socks View Post
I will jump on the bandwagon and say that Alfred Sargent Double Monks are next on the list

You gentlemen have exquisite taste
post #3990 of 55242
what does everybody think of andrew macdonald as an Australian cobbler?

Is his stuff comparable to any of the previously mentioned shoes because I think he retails for arround 550 - 1000...

Also, is MJ Bale on par with Heringbone or a lesser quality? I suppose we all got the HB easter discount too
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