Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by david3558, Feb 24, 2011.
They are usually called ghillie shoes, or ghillies.
I hope you were aware that such shoes are intended to be worn with a kilt.
Thanks for the info- I wasn't aware of ghillie shoes. I've since found a C&J "ghillie" model on the barney's website http://www.barneys.com/Ghilli-Wingtip/501534287,default,pd.html
I'm trying to work out whether it makes sense to pay a premium of ~$130 for a hand-grade versus a bench-grade. I'm really just looking for a new brown captoe to add to my workday rotation. Should I expect that premium to pay off in comfort, durability, and longevity?
As much as I appreciate the craftmanship involved in a hand-grade, I don't think I'll derive much value from the knowledge that my shoes were finished by hand rather than by machine, or from the fact that the shoes will look better upon close inspection. For purposes of this purchase, it'll be more about function, comfort, and value.
MTC87, do you have any C&J handgrades already?
The leather is nicer on my C&J handgrades, as opposed to my C&J "classic" or benchgrade shoes, but apart from that I think that it ultimately comes down to what styles you like and which lasts fit your feet best.
The C&J 337 last fits my feet very well so as a result, I have four pairs of C&J handgrade shoes on the 337 last, as opposed to only one pair on the 348 benchgrade last.
I do have a pair, but it was passed down secondhand from an uncle after many years of wear, so the footbed molding was never quite right. If anything, that pair probably gave me an unfairly negative impression of hand-grades. For what it's worth, I'm very pleased with my C&J benchgrades--definitely worth every penny.
the premium is not likely to pay off in durability and longevity, and handgrade uses different lasts to benchgrades, so comfort it dependant on your fit.
My first C&J Wendover on 348 last, my first impression on C&J is they are comfortable from the first wear, and 348 last is very handsome
Agree with wurger on all accounts.
Longevity I would imagine a pair of Loake 1880's would last just as long as a pair of a pair of Edward Greens (one costing 4x the other), if you take care of both of them.
I would buy the handgrade because it has nicer leather (feels smoother, holds polish nicer, and develops a nicer patina over time). But if you prefer a style that only comes in bench grade and not handgrade, I'd definitely choose the bench grade. There's no use not liking a shoe even if it's great quality leather.
Those look lovely. Who did C&J make them for? Can't find it on their site.
it's made for Trading Post in Tokyo, Japan
they've got quite nice collection of C&J, including some of Dimitri Gomez creation for C&J
you could take a look at their website
A few new C&J for Barneys pickups - unfortunately the Arran boot is too big for me so it'll have to go the way of B&S.
Unlined Chukka in burnt orange / rust:
Are you sure the bottom pic is of the Arran boot? what size did you end up getting?
It certainly looks like the Arran:
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