Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by david3558, Feb 24, 2011.
^^ Great combo.
Is that the Malton? Lovely shoes.
I notice it is Chestnut Antique Calf. I thought antiqueing was only for the luxes, not the el cheapos.
Malton they are. Much lighter in weight than I had expected.
These lasts fit me better than others, and both are in the same size and width.
The Beechnut color from the benchgrade (el cheapo) collection has some applied antique effect as well.
C&J for Brooks Brothers Peal & Co. dark brown wingtip balmoral, recently picked up during the last Brooks Brothers sale
The C&J 240 last strikes a good balance between stylish and conservative, fits me well, and I'm very happy with the construction of the shoe. I'd like to buy a 240 lasted cap toe balmoral to replace my Park Aves, but it looks like Brooks only offers a perf captoe, not a straight captoe. From this thread, I have read that the 236 last is very similar to the 240 last, and therefore I should be looking at the C&J Connaught for a shoe similarly proportioned to my above pictured Peal wingtips. Is my reasoning correct here?
Also, as you can see in the picture, the shoe is a 9 1/2 D. If I buy the 236 lasted Connaught, I believe I should be ordering a U.K. 8 1/2 D. If anyone has any experience with the 240 last and the 236 last, I would greatly appreciate your input!
I step over the plebs and their el cheapo benchgrade shoes with my handgrade shoes everyday.
You might want to double check but from what I remember, C&J sizes half difference (e.g., UK 9 = US 9.5). Maybe others can confirm?
Agreed. I prefer the straight captoe more than the perforated captoe.
I think it depends on the last. It is a full size for some and a half size for others, so someone would have to comment on the 236 last. I think the 348 last is one full size.
I agree with Winston S. I wear 1 size smaller in C&J last 348 but only 0.5 size smaller in last 337 and 341 than my US size. I don't have last 230
Should get this thread moving again... Forecast: 98 degrees currently and chance of rain AND hail (yes, hail) tonight = Islay!
I REALLY like these.
The colour is simply beautiful!
Only on SF would $500 shoes be called el cheapo.
Anyway, be careful with conditioner on the bench grades. I used this stuff on a pair of AEs and Alfred Sargents with no ill effects, and yet after applying, letting sit, and wiping with a wet towel, I was left with the removal of the finish on my beechnut (el cheapo) mertons and hallams. I freaked a bit, but after applying some saphir polish, they are back to their proper glory.
The leather is nicely soft and has a nice matte shine which I prefer. Still love the 348 last and these in particular.
What kind of conditioner do you use?
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