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Buying my first Crockett & Jones

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I'm going to buy my first C&Js from plal this Christmas. I am looking to get a good, versatile business shoe, in black. I am thinking a captoe, but other recommendations are welcome. I am very much a fan of sleeker lasts, so any opinions there are welcome as well. Also, if you think a Cheaney or Loake for a similar price would meet these requirements better, please let me know. Thanks!
 

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I just got the Hallam in black. It is a great looking shoe in person, and though it was a little bit more elongated than I had anticipated I had wanted something a little more flashy for parties and weddings. Pretty reasonable at $335 from Pediwear right now as well.

Other than that it's hard to go wrong with the Audley or Belgrave as classic, versatile business shoes and they'll run you about $425 fro Plal right now I believe.
 

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Originally Posted by Brian278
I just got the Hallam in black. It is a great looking shoe in person, and though it was a little bit more elongated than I had anticipated I had wanted something a little more flashy for parties and weddings. Pretty reasonable at $335 from Pediwear right now as well.

Other than that it's hard to go wrong with the Audley or Belgrave as classic, versatile business shoes and they'll run you about $425 fro Plal right now I believe.


So the price difference is driven by higher quality leather or craftsmanship for the Audley and Belgrave models as compared to the Hallam?
 

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Originally Posted by MetroStyles
I'm going to buy my first C&Js from plal this Christmas. I am looking to get a good, versatile business shoe, in black. I am thinking a captoe, but other recommendations are welcome. I am very much a fan of sleeker lasts, so any opinions there are welcome as well. Also, if you think a Cheaney or Loake for a similar price would meet these requirements better, please let me know. Thanks!

I am not trying to be funny, but if you live in New York can you not check the shoe in a Crockett & Jones outlet ?

I do own the Audley and Clifford (neither in black). The Audley is quite elongated but trying it in the shop I knew it fitted and could compare it to the other offerings.

To be honest, a plain black Oxford is a fairly standard shoe in terms of appearance. Apart from the sleekness, the Audleys may not look so different from other Oxfords - especially in black. You get channelled soles, but who sees them ? You do get the satisfaction of knowing you have the best quality leathers C&J offer though. However with a black shoe if you can maintain a good shine on them it is half the battle. Good to see somebody on forums buying black shoes for business as well.

Loake are good value shoes but not C&J quality. Cheaney do not look particularly good on websites but the shoes in their shop in Bond Street look a whole lot better.
 

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Thanks for the replies so far. It just happens that through particular circumstances and events, I have more brown shoes than I need and less black than I want.

Maybe I should check out a C&J outlet - if it's located outside of the city it would be a hassle as I do not have a car. Also - I am somewhat uncomfortable going into higher-end stores, trying on, and buying nothing, but I guess that's just me.

So Kingstonian - do you recommend upgrading to an Audley is worth it or a Hallam would be serviceable?
 

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Originally Posted by MetroStyles
So the price difference is driven by higher quality leather or craftsmanship for the Audley and Belgrave models as compared to the Hallam?
Yes, that is the reason for the price difference. However, some people do prefer the 348 last that the Hallam is on over than the 337 last that the Audley and Belgrave are on, as it has a more elongated, more sharply chiseled toe. I chose it specifically for this reason as I wanted it to stand out more against a sea of black cap toes, but honestly I regret it just a bit--the Audley would've been better for any job interviews or funerals down the line, it is much more of the quintessential sober shoe. I'm not sure on a black shoe if you would see any difference in quality of leather. Apparently the finishing is a little nicer, though I can't really speak to any specific differences that I've noticed. It is a noticeably nicer shoe than any of my AEs in styling and finish, and I was also struck by how much lighter is was than my Sohos. There is also a new Selbourne model, which is on the very elongted 358 last and is of handgrade quality.
 

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Originally Posted by Brian278
Yes, that is the reason for the price difference. However, some people do prefer the 348 last that the Hallam is on over than the 337 last that the Audley and Belgrave are on, as it has a more elongated, more sharply chiseled toe. I chose it specifically for this reason as I wanted it to stand out more against a sea of black cap toes, but honestly I regret it just a bit--the Audley would've been better for any job interviews or funerals down the line, it is much more of the quintessential sober shoe.

I'm not sure on a black shoe if you would see any difference in quality of leather. Apparently the finishing is a little nicer, though I can't really speak to any specific differences that I've noticed. It is a noticeably nicer shoe than any of my AEs in styling and finish, and I was also struck by how much lighter is was than my Sohos.

There is also a new Selbourne model, which is on the very elongted 358 last and is of handgrade quality.


I do prefer the more elongated look myself, but for the sake of making this a versatile shoe, maybe I should stick with the 337? The one thing I know I want (and can get away with) is something less conservative than my AEs. Is the 337 considerably sleeker than most AEs? I don't need super fashion-forward runway shoes, but I would like something with a little more wow factor than Park Avenues.
 

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Originally Posted by MetroStyles
I do prefer the more elongated look myself, but for the sake of making this a versatile shoe, maybe I should stick with the 337? The one thing I know I want (and can get away with) is something less conservative than my AEs. Is the 337 considerably sleeker than most AEs? I don't need super fashion-forward runway shoes, but I would like something with a little more wow factor than Park Avenues.

337 fits the bill. 348 is quite elongated and narrower than 337. 337 is elongated as well to a certain degree. They are both versatile, but 348 fits better with the pimp look while 337 is more compatible with a conservative look. Of course, that's only my opinion and you will hear a different opinion from the numerous 348 supporters.

Honestly, for a black shoe with any wow factor, you need to dress like a pimp with a extremely elongated last like the 358. Or get some 2000 dollars jizz shoes like Socal.
 

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T & A NYC, carries the latest models on the 4th floor of their store.
 

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Originally Posted by Bumble_Bee
337 fits the bill. 348 is quite elongated and narrower than 337. 337 is elongated as well to a certain degree. They are both versatile, but 348 fits better with the pimp look while 337 is more compatible with a conservative look. Of course, that's only my opinion and you will hear a different opinion from the numerous 348 supporters. Honestly, for a black shoe with any wow factor, you need to dress like a pimp with a extremely elongated last like the 358. Or get some 2000 dollars jizz shoes like Socal.
348 vs A-E #5 (park ave)
I'm a 348 fan...IMO its not as extreme as people like to make it out to be, but then again I wear size 6.5 UK....might be clownish in the upper end of the size range
 

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Originally Posted by Smahatma
348 vs A-E #5 (park ave)



I'm a 348 fan...IMO its not as extreme as people like to make it out to be, but then again I wear size 6.5 UK....might be clownish in the upper end of the size range


You wouldn't happen to have profile comparison pics would you? That 348 is gorgeous. Does not look pimp-like to me at all.
 

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To be fair to the 337 fans, tell me which is higher on the pimp scale when you compare all three side-by-side. Besides it's all relative. 348 looks like what a choir boy would wear compared to the 358. 348 is not extreme, but certainly not even close on the conservative side either.
 

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I'm not the best photographer, hopefully this helps

 

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I'm not the best photographer, hopefully this helps

The side profile photos are very nice. Reminds of the HMS Nelson/Rodney, meaning in a good way.
 

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Originally Posted by Bumble_Bee
To be fair to the 337 fans, tell me which is higher on the pimp scale when you compare all three side-by-side. Besides it's all relative. 348 looks like what a choir boy would wear compared to the 358. 348 is not extreme, but certainly not even close on the conservative side either.
from memory the last time I was in T&A a month ago, the 358 look the same as the 348, just a handgrade version....but I could be wrong, I don't own any 358
 

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