Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by david3558, Feb 24, 2011.
The skye 2 is a beauty. This thread needs more pics of it, maybe you can be of assistance.
Acquired a pair of C&J Lowndes (9.5 E) on Sunday from the aptly-named Double Monk in Melbourne and wore them at a family gathering last night. Never had so many compliments on a pair of shoes in my life, and the fit is excellent. Very happy with the purchase already, I can see I'm going to get plenty of use out of them both with dressier casual outfits and with suits.
Now the challenge is going to be restraining myself from splashing out on a second pair of C&Js before I can really afford to do so! I suspect I'll have to admire some boots from afar... I own zero boots, so if there's any style of shoe I can justify adding to my collection any time soon it is boots.
I took some pictures around the time I received them, they can be found in my profile or in this post.
Thanks for the info!
I've seen the pics of your Skye 2s. Very nice. I've been thinking awhile of making them my first cordovan boots, either those or the Dainite Lindricks. I still think I will be getting the Islay for my next pair of dark brown boots, as I still need a good knock around boot. Even if the cordovan could suit that purpose, the price tag would leave me babying them more than my other boots.
I believe my cottesmore (which I am wearing today) is considered burnished chestnut, if anyone is still looking for a comparison:
I can see the slight cut showing right above the reverse welt on the front part of my cap toe. Its where the shell on top can be distinguished from the lighter colored inner material, its barely even a mm, but its visible. I can probably live with it, but wanted to know if this sounds fine or the leather will split apart with time.
im pretty sure all of the bench made gj cleverley are made by crockett & jones, the semi bespoke and AC look a lot like c&j work too, just with diff lasts and a much higher spec, when i asked that said they were made in house, ive seen their workshop and didnt see anything other than bespoke lying around so am sceptical about that
id bet money on it
ive noticed that kilgour and richard james had a lot of c&j shoes special ordered, ive a few pairs from killgours stock clearance sale a few years back and they are certainly on par with c&J handgrade, ive not got any from Richard james but ive seen them and they looked like the hand grades to me - all the styles are a bit 'out there' imo i have one pair of gj cleveley's where the leather is noticeably worse than the others, maybe its lower grade (c&j bench grade) at the same time all my c&j made for fosters & son have much better leather, imo better than my fathers edward greens
I'm by no means a shell expert, but as it sounds I wouldn't be too worried. If it's just a slight cut or scratch with no real depth then I don't think it should affect the structural integrity of the shoe.
I should've specified that the depth is no more than less than a mm (up down), but it goes across the curve of the front. Looks like a split in the material that the welt should've hidden, I'll try to pic it. Just tired of going through returns, but don't want to wear down a boot that can be compromised.
I thought I would share my collection. Starting from back left:
Audley, Islay, Belgrave, Suede Westfield, Clifford, Westbourne
The Westbourne my all time C&J's favourite and nice variety of colours....put some trees on them. They look naked without.
They have trees. I removed them for the pics.
I really do like the Clifford
Awesome, those pants aswell.
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