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

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

  1. niklasnordin

    niklasnordin Senior member

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    It will not 'ruin' the color :)
    It will lighten it up slightly, but its a very slow process and you can easily compensate for that by using a medium brown/ light brown/ mahogny cream / wax every now and then.

    I've been using neutral cream/wax on my dark brown C&J Weymouth for 2 years now, together with dark brown/black on toe and heal and this is how the look now.
    You tell me if you think its ruined :) personally I prefer them to have a slight color variation.
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  2. crzcrz

    crzcrz Well-Known Member

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    Don't shoot the messenger, good sir. I was merely quoting the Santoni shoe care guide.

    Very nice looking C&Js, by the way.
     
  3. PCK1

    PCK1 Senior member

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    My understanding of using neutral cream/wax is that it is very good for maintaining the true color

    And it is very good to use on newer shoes because they don't need their color restored...

    As the shoes get older it is advisable to start adding some color into the mix to help the shoes keep their color.




    My personal opinion, i prefer not to use neutral....I use colored...as I like the character it gives the shoes over time...after years of wear they will still look fantastic like this. I don't want them to look brand new...I want people to see that these are great shoes that have been well worn and well maintained...the leather tells a story...they gather experience...

    Perhaps thats a little too dramatic...but you get my point.
     
  4. PCK1

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    I have the the 337, 358, and the 363.

    Just for those that do not know...the 358 is the exact same last as the 348...the only difference is that the 358 is "handgrade" quality and the 348 is C&J standard quality.

    I am a big fan of the 337 - I have this last in the Saville monkstrap model. It is a very soft chiseled toe that is very elegant and appropriate for business situations where a more extreme chiseled toe may not be appropriate. I find the fit to not be so elongated either...In the 337 I wear a size UK11E...and it fits me very well.

    I have many shoes on the 348/358 as well....this last is more elongated than the 337...and has a more "aggressive", if you will call it that, shape and a narrower more chiseled toe. It is definitely a modern more trendy take...but is very popular...it is C&J's most popular and best selling last...I find that with these shoes due to their elongated nature I have to size down a half-size...and I wear a UK10.5E.

    In the 363 I have 3 pairs of shoes (2 pairs of Crawford loafers - one calf & one suede...and the model Courtenay oxford...which I happen to be wearing today). The 363 last is definitely an elongated last...and with a very nice almond shaped toe. However...my experience with it...is that I still fit into a size UK11E....in my loafers I maybe could have sized down to a 10.5E and been ok...but with the Courtenay I am definitely an 11E. This last is very elongated...so I can see people (depending ofc on their individual feet)...having issues with it...On my Courtenay's...you can see that the last is very elongated from where the creases have developed on my shoes...creases don't bother me at all...but it does make it clear the elongated nature of this last.

    These are my experiences with these 3 lasts...

    The 363 is the rounded toe...and the 337/348/358 are a chiseled toe.

    If you looking for something similar to the 363 with the rounded toe...I can make other recommendations.
     
  5. niklasnordin

    niklasnordin Senior member

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    hehe, sorry if you took it that way. That was really not my intention.
    I was just trying to demonstrate that the statement made by Santoni was ...exagerated :)

    and thanks :)
     
  6. Crat

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    - PCK1, I second that opinion on the Teign. They are my most comfortable pair of shoes and I wear them as much as all my other shoes combined.

    - Nice polish Niklas :nodding:
    What Santoni may mean is that if you build up too many thick layers of neutral polish the colour can become somewhat dull. This is quite obviously not what you have done ;)
    Sunlight will lighten the leather and neutral won't do anything to counter that effect which is fine, if that is what you want.
     
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  7. crzcrz

    crzcrz Well-Known Member

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    Digged out a couple of those those guides out of the boxes. They seem to use a slightly different wording every time.

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    I just use a light brown polish on most of my brown shade shoes [​IMG]
     
  10. sevenfoldtieguy

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    Your shoes look nice. :nodding: While I have plenty of colored creams and waxes, my default regimen is neutral cream followed by a neutral wax. Never had ill effects from it.
     
  11. PCK1

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    This is my pair of C&J Handgrade Courtenay's in Dark Brown Antique Calf on the 363 Last. You can see from the aerial shot the long almond shaped toe of this last.

    In regards to polishing routines...these shoes have just been polished by me tonight...after I wore them today. I vigorously brushed them...using a cloth wrapped around my fingers...applied a thin layer of saphir m'dor dark brown wax polish...i let them sit a bit....i brushed vigorously again...and then i applied a mirror shine to the toes using the same dark brown wax polish.

    You can see that the antique calf has developed a very nice patina and character over time from the wax polishing...and I have had this shoe about 1 year...The Courtenay was a brand new model last spring (feb/march)...and I was one of the first people to jump on it when the Courtenay arrived in the C&J NYC showroom.

    The Courtenay may very well be my favorite pair of C&J oxfords...

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  12. budapest12

    budapest12 Senior member

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    ^ some of the nicest shoes I've seen on here
     
  13. aglose

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    Do any of you know where I can find a pair of C&J lasted trees in the 325 last? I remember someone saying their entry level tree was lasted on the 325?
     
  14. Gianni Cerutti

    Gianni Cerutti Senior member

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    Beautiful ... that's cool .. for jeans are beautiful.
     
  15. Crat

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    I like the 363 too though it is just a tad 'deep' in the front for me.

    Here's a pair that have never seen any neutral polish in their life.
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  16. niklasnordin

    niklasnordin Senior member

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    next level stuff :) thats just plain awesome
     
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  17. zippyh

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    How about Sanders?
    http://www.sanders-uk.com/shop/product/Sanders-jack-8761as
     
  18. sevenfoldtieguy

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    A great all-around look right there. :nodding:
     
  19. jssdc

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    ^^^Somervilles?
     
  20. SuitedDx

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    Yup. Although I love EG, I do enjoy how C&J's HG dark brown ages.
     

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