Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by NAMOR, Oct 1, 2011.
After receiving my Marlow a few weeks ago, I finally wore it to work today (with suit but tie-less)
I normally wear between 10-10.5 for OTR shoes so when I ordered the 10D, I was slightly worried there's a possibility that it could be too snug.
When I put it on this morning, it was snug but comfortable and I could feel that the upper had some give to it.
A couple of hours later, the shoes mold to my feet and now they hug my feet like a pair of glove.
Now my question is: I love the shape/last and the double sole but do not think I could pull off wearing a pair of wingtips in more formal settings. I don't neccessarily need them in shell cordovan, where can I get myself a pair of quality oxford/balmoral that have similar shape/last and double sole?
I guess you want to start by seeing if there are any Crockett & Jones oxfords on the 325 last. I don't believe there are.
But this one is on the (similar) 341 last, on which the Marlow PTB is based.
Doubt it has double soles though.
BTW, I came across this comparison of C & J lasts awhile ago that I thought was helpful:
browse the vass thread, too.
Are you sure that PTBs are on 341 last? I was under the impression that they are on 325.
Thanks to all the responses.
Follow-up question: How easy is it and is it advisable to get a regular pair of dress shoes and have a cobbler add an additional sole to make it a double-soled?
Also, can someone please confirm that the Marlow is indeed built on the C&J 325 last? I have the Swansea in 341 last, I don't dislike it but I'd like something a little bit 'heftier.'
I'm going by two pieces of information; first, this thread:
.. and second, the fact that I think (based on my own experience) it fits a little tighter than the wingtip, and so doesn't feel like the same last.
I'm no cobbler but I don't think that's possible. You would have to remove the original sole and slap on a double.
I'd bet money that the Ashdown and the ptb are not the same shoe
Yep. If the shipping wasn't so high I would have gone $400 no problem, I just sold a bunch of stuff specifically to buy these. Now I have $400 toward something else though
Why do you say that? They sure look exactly the same (minus the metal eyelets).
did anyone get the sanderson suede wingtips?
I have Ashdown in burgundy shell on the 341 and it certainly looks a different shoe to the RL PTB. Based on photos I've seen of the RL PTB here and elsewhere it looks like it is based on the RTW C&J Grasmere shoe which is made on the 325 last for UK E fit and 317 last for UK G fit.
I believe C&J used to make a RTW shell version of Grasmere before replacing it with Ashdown. Compared to the 325, the 341 is a longer last but in my experience the 325 is slightly roomier in the fit.
The wingtip is 100% on the 325. My understanding is that hte PTB is on the 341. Send an email to C&J. They're forthright about this sort of thing.
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