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C&j handgrade refurbishment

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Lomezz, Jul 28, 2004.

  1. Lomezz

    Lomezz Senior member

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    My handgrades are suddenly in dire need of a new sole, after walking yesterday in the rain. I called C&J in London and they offered the service for 90 GBP plus 30 for shipping back. The gentelman was good enough to inform me that they're having a sale, and have 3 handgrade styles left at 220 GBP (Mortimer, Chester and berkeley(?)), and suggested that I combine the refurbishment with a purchase, and save on the shipping (add only 5 GBP for second item shipped). That would make it a total of about: 90+ 30 + 220 + 5 - VAT for the purchase = ~315 GBP ($565) that would buy me refurbishment and a new pair of handgrades in about, oh, eight weeks or so. I also called A/E, and while the nice lady on the phone was ill informed as to the techinical aspects of the process, they would change the sole only for $90. Can I trust A/E with handgrsdes? I mean, I can specify Rendenbach sole, but they probably wouldn't do the channeling, beveled waist, fiddle back, etc. Any other alternatives you know of?
     
  2. bengal-stripe

    bengal-stripe Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Are you sure your shoes need re-soling? A walk in the rain will not ruin your soles. They might look dirty and have some grid imbedded, but that is no need for a re-sole. You need new soles, once the old soles have developed a hole (or are very close to having a hole).

    Let your shoes dry slowly, stuff them out with newspaper and lay on their side. Replace the newspaper after 12 hours for shoetrees and let them dry for another 36 hours. Then inspect them. The leather might have felt soft while it was wet, now that its dry, it will feel firm again. You might give them a touch of leather food or neutral cream (but that's more important in the winter if they have come in contact with snow and salt). If you are pedantic (like yours truly), you might get a sheet of sandpaper and give the sole a little rub down.

    I'm pretty certain they will be all right.
     
  3. AlanC

    AlanC Senior member

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    bengal-stripe, the man wants to be talked into new shoes, not told to stuff newspapers in his old ones. [​IMG]
     
  4. Lomezz

    Lomezz Senior member

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    Bengal - thanks. Unfortunately, the cork is showing in one spot, so I think resoling is definitely in order. I guess the water softened/weakened the leather in that spot.

    Anyway, I pretty much followed your advice as to proper drying procedure.

    AlanC - if at all, I need to be talked out of buying new shoes. And shirts. And sweaters (Bergdorf, today, lunchtime, 60% off...)
     
  5. STYLESTUDENT

    STYLESTUDENT Senior member

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    Your post has a question mark next to the Berkeley model. Here is a picture of it (it's similar to the benchgrade Westminster). I bought this shoe several years but it is now discontinued (no response when you click on this website and not shown on the Crockett & Jones website any longer), so it must be hard to buy or find on the internet. http://<a href="http://www.shoesnort...ection.htm</a>
     
  6. Lomezz

    Lomezz Senior member

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    Thanks for the Berkeley link. The salesman described the Berkeley (he pronounced it Bahr-kley) as a semi-brogue, which I see it is. I couldn't find it in the catalog, so I guess it's being phased out.
     

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