Experiences with Crockett & Jones Handgrade?

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  1. Artisan Fan

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    What do people think about these shoes?

    I may be in Charleston soon and thought I may try a pair from Ben Silver. I guess I'm most curious about fit, durability and overall construction/style...any opinions or advice?

    Are they still a decent value at $595?
     


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    They're probably the best of the "mid level" brands (or what are considered mid level) on this forum. People will probably say they're readily available for much less, though.
     


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    My sample size is small (three) but my C&J HGs compare very favourably to my Lobbs (two, non-Prestige) and EGs (one). I'm talking general comfort, fit, design and 'quality' (however one chooses to define it). All things being equal, I'd choose EGs before C&J HGs before Lobbs (my Lobbs anyway) but I couldn't justify the price differential.
     


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    Is Pediwear less money? The downside is sizing...I'm always concerned about UK sizing since I have bought UK shoes where the sizing has been very variable.

    Great question: Could it be due to different models from different years?
     


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    Is Pediwear less money? The downside is sizing...I'm always concerned about UK sizing since I have bought UK shoes where the sizing has been very variable.

    My experience with C&J has been that they run true to size: US10D equals GB9 medium, but I can fit into them if they're half a size either way. (Sample size=3)
     


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    They're probably the best of the "mid level" brands (or what are considered mid level) on this forum. People will probably say they're readily available for much less, though.

    I'm 100% OK with it..I've about 100 shoes of different brandt and 5 or 6 C&J old of 5 to 7 years..All are just like NEW ...I bought just on the Handgrave production.
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    Georges
     


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    What do people think about these shoes?

    I may be in Charleston soon and thought I may try a pair from Ben Silver. I guess I'm most curious about fit, durability and overall construction/style...any opinions or advice?

    Are they still a decent value at $595?


    I think C&Js are great shoes. I own and wear a large quantity of EG/Lobb/C&J and they're in my rotation as much as the other shoes are, and have held up just as well, and I love the aesthetics. Pediwear and Plal are a much more affordable way to get them, though.
     


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    At $600, I would just cough up the extra cash and get the EGs or GGs. But if you order them from Plal at $400 then its a very solid deal
     


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    I'm thinking of getting a C&J 'Handgrade' - never had them before. Any good? Are they better than Edward Green? EG is obviously more expensive - £550 ish. Handgrade - £400.
     


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    I'm thinking of getting a C&J 'Handgrade' - never had them before. Any good? Are they better than Edward Green? EG is obviously more expensive - £550 ish. Handgrade - £400.

    Good? Yes.
    Better than EG? No.
     


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    Plal doesn't sell shoes via the Internet anymore. You have to go to Malaysia.

    At $600, I would just cough up the extra cash and get the EGs or GGs. But if you order them from Plal at $400 then its a very solid deal
     


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    Handgrades are noticeably better than benchgrade. And almost as good as eg and g&g. But not quite.

    What do people think about these shoes?

    I may be in Charleston soon and thought I may try a pair from Ben Silver. I guess I'm most curious about fit, durability and overall construction/style...any opinions or advice?

    Are they still a decent value at $595?
     


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    Imo, handgrade C&J is awesome. The problem is the fact that the price keeps getting higher whereas the quality does not go up. At the moment, I'd say 600 USD is too much.
     


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    I guess it's an impossible question to really answer unless, of course, you are in the trade. At the very top (EG, C&J 'H', Lobb) there can only be marginal differences, which are probably not noticable anyway. Actually, a C&J MTO 'H' is about £680 or so, which is considerably more than many RTW EGs! I am considering a MTO. Is it worth it? I don't know. Bear in mind that that's £280 more for a MTO, and I'd imagine exactly the same 'H' leather is used.
     


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