Originally Posted by NoVaguy
at $125, i would buy church's. at $650-800, which is what they seem want at retail, it's a stupid buy. from what i've seen, church's is roughly AE/Alden quality, maybe a little better. not better than C&J, though. so why pay double the AE/Alden retail price? but at $125, which is below AE prices on ebay for boots (and this is a style AE hasn't made in a decade, although I think alden puts out a similar style), it's a solid move.
When in Italy, I went to a Church's store and had a nice chat with the salesmen there. I told them I sold AE, not quite as nice as Church's. The salesman replied, "they are the best" with his quick Italian accent. Needless to say, I had to disagree. They did have a sharp pair of shell cordovan oxfords though, only 800 Euro.
Originally Posted by soaped
Something about those Grensons just cannot compare to the masterpiece line- I really don't care for any of those models.