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My fave C&J shoe does not exist, what should I do ?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Tibo, Apr 20, 2006.

  1. Tibo

    Tibo Senior Member

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    A digest of the forum's recent threads about Crockett & Jones brings me to those (rather painful) conclusions:

    1) Browsing on the shoe porn thread, I fell in love with the 350 last used on the C&J Cleveland, only to learn from sysdoc that the 350 last is only available on selected models of the Handgrade line ...

    2) A couple of weeks ago, I discovered the C&J Albany, built on the 337 last, and (it seems) available in black (though I don't know from where, actually) ...

    Conclusion: the shoes I'd like to order for the moment being are a pair of black C&J Albany's on the 350 last... Or alternatively (2d best), the Belgrave on the 350 last, and of course, as of today, none of those shoes exist, and I'm not even sure if they could be MTO for me ...

    Now what should I do ? I suppose I have a couple options left:

    1) The MTO option exists. If it does, where should I order, and what's the price most likely going to be like ? (the PLAL-benchmark will be though competition as far as price is concerned) ...

    2) It seems that I prefer rounded toe lasts (as opposed to chiseled toe lasts), in other words, that the much-praised 337 last is not my favourite. So there's the C&J benchmade Westfield which is on the 341 last, but it's a benchgrade ... Should I consider going down to benchgrade ?

    3) When I look into my Edward Green catalog, there's the 82 last (which looks to me as a sharper version of the traditional 202, or a less chiseled version of the 888), and the Lichfield model looks a lot like the Albany ... I daren't even dream of what a pair of black Lichfields (or Berkeleys, for that matter) on the 202 last would cost, compared to a pair of Belgraves at PLAL ...

    So here I am, looking for comfort and options. Which option(s) would you consider, and why ? Can you convince me that the 337 last isn't too chiseled ?

    Any help, comments, feedback more than welcome (and sorry for any language mishaps...)
     


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    Roger Distinguished Member

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    Now what should I do ? I suppose I have a couple options left:

    1) The MTO option exists. If it does, where should I order, and what's the price most likely going to be like ? (the PLAL-benchmark will be though competition as far as price is concerned) ....

    With C&J the MTO option (for a single pair) is extremely expensive--roughly twice the price of RTW. For about that price, you can go MTO (or RTW) with Edward Green and get, in my opinion, a better shoe.
     


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