Quality of Crockett & Jones vs. Rendedbach leather soles?

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  1. michaelvl

    michaelvl Senior member

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    Hi,
    I currently have two pairs of Crockett and Jones shoes and several pairs of Edward Greens. Between them I find the C&J soles to be very soft and find them to wear very rapidly. One pair is starting to develop cracks in the sole, so I am planning to send them in for a recrafting shortly. Before sending them in, I would like your opinions as to which soles are of better quality, wear slower and have the best price to quality ratio. Based on your input I shall either send them to C&J for a recrafting or have them recrafted by a third party with JR soles.

    PS: If any has received a recent quote from C&J U.K. regarding what it costs to have a pair of bench grades recrafted please let me know.

    Thanks,
    Michael
     
  2. Quadcammer

    Quadcammer Senior member

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    if we are talking bench grades, I'd say the JR soles will last longer.

    Handgrades vs. JR should be very similar.

    I say do the JRs
     
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    £125 to resole a pair of handgrades. I believe the price is the same for bench grade.
     
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    alexSF Senior member

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    You could ask C&J for a oak bark sole like handgrades, if it's possible.
     
  5. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    JR outsoling is tanned with valona...acorn caps. It tends to be hard and brittle and more prone to cracking.

    Contrary to popular mythology, harder doesn't necessarily equal better wear...esp. when it comes to leather outsoling. Maybe back when we all walked on dirt trails and grassy commons. But on abrasive surfaces the media that can yield a little to the roughness of asphalt, for instance will usually wear a little better.

    I can't speak to what was on your shoes originally or what C&j uses as a default repair sole, but Baker outsoles...English and tanned with oak bark...are considered the gold standard by many and will tend to feel a little softer than the JR.

    But wear better.
     
  6. michaelvl

    michaelvl Senior member

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    Thanks for the information and tips so far gents!
    I have learned allot from them. :slayer:
     
  7. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

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    Having used both Baker and JR, I've gone towards JR as the better product. I would have preferred if the local product was better than the European import but then that's life.
     
  8. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Just the opposite here. We can get JR fairly easily here in the States. Aside from the, in my view, outrageous imposition of their brand upon a product I will use (might as well sell space on my shoes for the Coke label) in my work, it is better than average quality leather, in my opinion.

    I like Baker better but in point of fact, I use a Belgian chestnut tanned outsoling that is somewhere in-between Baker and JR in temper, is readily available and finishes up nicely.
     
  9. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

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    Milton-Sokol?
     
  10. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    Yes. :fonz:

    Forgive the intrusion, but...who are you? And where are you? (PM me if you will...just curious.)
     
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  11. Stirling

    Stirling Senior member

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    Oh, I'm no one important!

    I did run a tannery for a good few years and worked for a few English shoemakers, but that was in another life.

    BTW I'm quite impressed with the depth of your knowledge.
     
  12. DWFII

    DWFII Bespoke Boot and Shoemaker Dubiously Honored

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    I understand exactly what you mean. Maybe it's a certain age.

    My knowledge comes straight from the bench...mostly. It has pine tar under the fingernails and dye soaked into the hand.

    When you come to it, it's the knowledge itself that's important simply because like a lot of other things in life, you rent to own.

    And thanks.
     
  13. Nick V.

    Nick V. Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    We use far more JR then any any other leather.
    Never get complaints about it.
     
  14. Son Of Saphir

    Son Of Saphir Senior member

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    post is very good :slayer:
    yes bakers is best me ever wear
     
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