Originally Posted by Tarmac
So they are black pebble grain CG, possible vinyl liner, but with a leather goodyear outsole? sounds good for $35. I thought they might be plastic sole.
Mine are burgundy, but otherwise your description is right on. Mine even have double soles, so they have a nice heft. Metal eyelet reinforcements, too. The finishing is a bit rough in places, but, as you note, they're only $35. Don't see longwings at that price anymore.
Keep us updated on whether you try to strip them down. I have a similar pair of CG pebble grain and I wanna know how well that works in removing the surface shine.
I thinking I'm going to strip them -- maybe tonight. They'd look 1000 percent better in a more natural finish, and the CG had a weird, chemically odor when I opened the box. From the descriptions I've seen posted here, these seem a bit like the CG Loake Tyrwhitts -- OK construction undermined by shiny finish.