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** Quintessential Crockett & Jones Thread ** (reviews, quality, etc...)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by david3558, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. BootSpell

    BootSpell Senior member

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    Love the way they look. Awesome! I have been toying with the idea of getting some Conistons. I'm beginning to think I might own too many boots (horrors!). I was saying on the Alden thread that I prefer (and my wardrobe leans towards) a casual style and with boots, that translates into a nicely worn pair. As many of my favorite boots are fairly new (and with three more preorders coming), it is going to take way too long to get the nice worn-in look and patina like yours have.

    I need to cull down my collection or decide not to rotate equally and just wear and rotate the boots I like and want to get worn-in more quickly. Does anybody else have this problem? Or do most of you like your footwear to remain more pristine/dressy?
     
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  2. CTBrummie

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    The Conistons are a classic model, nothing flashy or spectacular by themselves but I've seen some beautifully aged pairs, mainly from people who've evidently loved them and worn them a lot. Crat posted a pair of fantastically aged Conistons (not his) some time back which kick mine into a cocked hat.

    I wouldn't worry about 'getting wear' on your boots as leather, like denim and wood, always looks vaguely 'wrong' when it's been treated in a way that might age it faster than normal. It doesn't have the 'wabi sabi' effect on the observer, if you know what I mean.

    Sounds more like you need to stop buying boots and start wearing the ones you already own! Oh, and anyone who buys nice boots or shoes and wants to keep them pristine needs to rethink their rationale and reasoning behind buying clothes and not wearing them as intended. I suspect a lot of the wardrobes and shoe collections paraded on this site were bought with that primary intention in mind, with actually wearing the clothes a secondary consideration...
     
  3. CrackedCrab

    CrackedCrab Senior member

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    liking those Conistons as well..

    CJ/Peal for Brooks Brothers. I love this simple shoe, and the fit is great on 325.

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  4. Cleav

    Cleav Senior member Moderator

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    First outing for the Barstows today…
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  5. green garden

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    thanks!
     
  6. sdolina

    sdolina Senior member

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    There's somehting special in these shoes that make me want them. This grain calf look so soft and comfy!
    Especially love that they have hidden front seam unlike Vass nst in the same style.
    What's a name of this model? Is it Algonquin? Can't find it on a site.
     
  7. sdolina

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    nvm
     
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  8. theundeadkennedy

    theundeadkennedy Senior member

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    Question for those with Islays: Is the 365 last girthy all the way though or mainly in the toe box? I'm thinking I may be able to go a half size down from my Skyes because of a wider toe box, but am not sure if I'd be able to deal with a sloppy heel. Thanks!
     
  9. msulinski

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    Tough to say, at least for me. I take an 8.5E for both the 348 and 365. I don't get heel slip in either. I do seem to have a bit more room in the forefoot in the 365. However, since the Islay is a boot, it is tough to say if I don't get heel slip because the heel is still snug or because it is a boot, and the lacing can be done up much tighter.
     
  10. theundeadkennedy

    theundeadkennedy Senior member

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    Thank you for the info. Yeah, the only basis I have for comparison is the Skye, which is about an inch long, but fits perfect around my foot where it sits so I don't notice they're long. I imagine if I sized down they would pinch my pinkie toe. If the 365 is more bulbous I think sizing down would work out just fine, but still wonder about the heel, may have to just invest in wool socks.

    There are the boots that Brummie posted a few pages back offered by Purdey, made by C&J, and they're basically the Islay on the 325 last. But I can't get any info on how the 325 compares to the 335.
     
  11. CTBrummie

    CTBrummie Senior member

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    ^325 is slightly roomier across the foot, with a less bulbous toebox than the 335. I know a few people size down half a size with the 325 but I don't bother and take the same in both the Coniston and Skye.
     
  12. theundeadkennedy

    theundeadkennedy Senior member

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    Thanks Brummie!
    I hope you don't mind, but I have a couple of questions for clarification.

    Is the toe box on the 335 actually more bulbous or does it just seem that way because the back half is slimmer.


    Is the heel of the Coniston comparable to the heel of the Islay or is the Islay more bulbous throughout?

    Thanks again, you've been a huge help since I first started looking at C&J last year.
     
  13. CTBrummie

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    You're welcome, mate, it's a pleasure. I'd say that the 335 has a slightly domed toebox.

    I was going to get my up-and-coming special order Snowdons built on the 335 but opted for the 228 because it's the classic option and also because I wanted the extra roominess as I tend to wear chunky socks with more casual boots.

    Never noticed anything about the heels of the Conistons or Islays to be able to comment, sorry!
     
  14. theundeadkennedy

    theundeadkennedy Senior member

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    Thanks for that extra info man! I'm still nowhere closer to choosing between the Islay and the Purdey, but I definitely have more to think about. I'm waiting to hear back from Yukiko at the Burlington Arcade store, but it's been a few days and may try reaching her again. Thanks again :)
     
  15. cazone

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    Just back from Northampton.
    Rare and beautiful Welland boots on the 341 last.


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  16. Cleav

    Cleav Senior member Moderator

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    Dropped by the factory shop yesterday and decided to pop in to Lobbs, just 5 minute drive away.

    Bought Chukka3, Last 341 at UK£150, very pleased. Interestingly they are marked as UK7 but clearly stamped as 7.5. I was surprised as I bought my Monktons the same way.

    Lovely boots ready to go too, not my size, blue is the colour!
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  17. Cleav

    Cleav Senior member Moderator

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    The Lobb Trip though threw this up

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    In light of the Friday Monochrome challenge I couldn't work out how or what to wear them with, despite a gorgeous fit!

    No buy!
     
  18. Crat

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    Whatcha mean?
     
  19. Cleav

    Cleav Senior member Moderator

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    You'll notice on the second pic it says 7E, however, stamped inside (on the insole) is 7.5.
     
  20. Crat

    Crat Senior member

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    I was under the impression that the 2nd no. on the insole is for the width, 5 being an E.
    7/5 would be 7E
    This (81/2 / 5 ) is from my 8.5 E boot.
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