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C&J Cardiff vs. Pebroke

dreamtripper

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Which would you choose for general daily wear? (Business casual, sometimes suits)
 

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It would have to be the Pembroke for me as it's available in a G (wide) fit. The Cardiff is only availabe in an E which is quite narrow. Not sure about the Dainite sole on the Pembroke though. Can't get my head around paying this amount of money when these very soles are available on much cheaper shoes though I'm sure they'll last longer than any leather soled shoes will. But, I'm considering a Church Grafton with a Dainite sole as the soles on the leather soled ones I have are wearing very thin at the front very quickly.
 

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I'm undecided mostly because of the Dainite soles myself. They help make the shoes very comfortable, but also I think give it a little more casual look than I'd like - but that might be just me over analyzing it.

Not for certain, but I've heard that the Dainite soles cost something like $150 to put on afterwards which is more expensive than a typical leather re-sole.
 

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http://www.andersonsofdurham.co.uk/en/loake-805.html

When I see much cheaper shoes like Loakes with Dainite soles it gets me thinking. I'm sure there are even cheaper shoes with Dainite soles too. Maybe the sole isn't a major part of the shoe's cost or much more labour and skill is utlised in making the upper?
 

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That's a tough point to argue - having the exact same sole on a £125 vs. £325 pair of shoes. At the shoe repair shop I go to, even the nicest leather soles are in general not terribly expensive so maybe you're right that the soles are not a critical part of the overall cost.
 

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