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Are these C&J?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by AlanC, Oct 16, 2006.

  1. AlanC

    AlanC Senior member

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    Just picked these up on ebay. Most of the writing on the interior is gone, but there is a handwritten '2255' in the right shoe. Says 'Bench Made in England' as you can likely see, also 'Polo' on the sole. Are they C&Js? Model name?

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  2. pejsek

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    I would guess yes, Alan. Very nice shoes, back from when the Polo shoes were really hitting their stride (oh, that does sound hackneyed, doesn't it?). One thing in particular I like about the shoes is the way the soles harmonize with the uppers--not too high a contrast. A classic design in great condition; I'll bet with a little work they will look amazing.
     
  3. AlanC

    AlanC Senior member

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    Here's a shot of them gussied up a bit (polished and new laces):

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    Shazam! They are beautiful. Care to gloat on what you spent?

    I like round toe and it seems to fit your style.
     
  5. AlanC

    AlanC Senior member

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    Shazam! They are beautiful. Care to gloat on what you spent?

    Thanks! $41 + shipping.
     
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    Nice job, Alan. They've got a real glow to them. A great pair of shoes. I must say, though, I prefer the original laces--much more Brideshead Revisited (must be the social conservative in me talking!).
     
  7. AlanC

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    I must say, though, I prefer the original laces--much more Brideshead Revisited (must be the social conservative in me talking!).

    You think so? I had assumed they were non-original to the shoes. Hmmm... [​IMG]
     
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    You think so? I had assumed they were non-original to the shoes. Hmmm... [​IMG]

    I like them with ribbon laces too.
     
  9. AlanC

    AlanC Senior member

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    Those really are just beautiful, Alan. I do prefer the wider laces--gives the shoe that little extra bit of flounce. It's instructive to see the side-by-side comparison. To my eye, the thin lace is all business and adds a jarring (and un-necessary) note of contrast. The ribbon lace, otoh, just yawns like a true gentleman of leisure, using that wonderful complementary color to sink gracefully into the shoe. So I guess the real question is, Are you a go-getter or an Oblomov?
     
  11. AlanC

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    Are you a go-getter or an Oblomov?

    I type this from my bed so...

    Actually, I hope to use the shoes in a more casual way, and I think you may be right that the ribbon laces give it that more laid back air that I was after.

    Becoming more convinced.
     

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