Originally Posted by vinouspleasure
I have this exact shoe and use it--being a black plain-toe oxford--for more formal occasions like weddings and funerals. It's from the C&J Main Collection ("benchgrade" line) and is on the 318 last, which, as you can see from the picture, is a fairly sleek last with linearly tapered sides running to the toe, a slight squaring-off at the toe, and just a hint of a chisel form. To my eye, it is as far as I would go--for a shoe for more formal wear--in this direction. It is no longer in the C&J catalog, nor available from PLal or Pediwear, having been replaced by the Alex, on the sleeker (and a little too stylized for more formal dress, IMO) 348 last. I would bet that the 318 is a little more forgiving than the 348 and would be more likely to provide a good fit. It has about the right appearance in my opinion for this kind of use, with its wholecut character the only thing that might dissuade a few from wearing it in such situations.
As for price, it depends on how much you need a shoe like this. If you do need such a shoe in your rotation, this is a very nice one, and I would say that anything up to about 150 GBP (about $300 US) would be a very good price--particularly if you can avoid high shipping charges by having it sent to London. Anything in the 100-125 GBP range is a steal. These are, after all, brand new shoes.
Just as an aside, when I got mine, I got them to a good cobbler and had the soles trimmed back about 1/8" (from the waist forward)--a $10 job. This made them even more suitable for restrained occasions.