- Oct 5, 2008
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So... I purchased a pair of Crockett & Jones Strand from Robert Old in 6.5E UK and a pair of Ralph Lauren Polo Benton black captoes in 7D US for approximately the same price of $273 shipped. I'm trying to figure out two things right now: Which of the two should I keep (or should I return both) and how tightly a dress shoe should fit. After trying both on, it seems to me that the length of the shoes is definitely correct, but since I've never tried on dress shoes from C&J or any other relatively nicer shoes for longer than in a store for a few moments, I'm trying to determine if the width of the shoes are too small. In both shoes, my toes are right up against the sides of the shoe and the little toe is a bit scrunched against my foot. Again, I have no trouble putting them on, but I've never worn a shoe this tight before - they're clearly tighter than my athletic shoes are, and the leather has no give. Also, has anyone had experience returning shoes to the UK before? Robert Old hasn't been answering my questions, and I was just wondering how much of a hassle it was. If anyone here is a 6.5UK or 7US in C&J, I'd be more than willing to sell a pair at the same price it cost me instead of return shipping the shoes. Thanks for your help, and pictures should be forthcoming! General Comparison Pic:The Strand is on the 238 last, has a channeled sole and is fully leather lined, like the Bentons, in case anyone's wondering. The Benton is on the 337 last. Both are the same quality, as far as I can tell, so Robert Old's claim that the Strand is handgrade quality is correct.