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

  1. Somatic

    Somatic Senior Member

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    Ended up canceling my Barney's Conistons. The color was just too similar to my Islays. Have the Islays and black Tetbury... What boot do you guys recommend I look into next? The tan Coniston? The Skye also looks interesting but is the difference just the sole between it and the Islays?



    And what shoe trees do you guys use? The C&J ones go for so much. :( I keep thinking I'd have enough to just buy another C&J instead of 3 trees haha
     


  2. BootSpell

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    Yeah, if you go by Barneys' pics, they don't look like they're on the 348. But they look sleeker than the 325. Almost like my 341's. But maybe it's just the pics.
     


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    I just couldn't pass up a good deal, even though the color is similar to my dark brown shell Harlechs. And they're both straight cap toe boots. At least the Islays are wt boots. That should be enough difference to justify going for that sale price.

    I don't have the Islays but they look like a higher boot than the Skye. At least they have more eyelets. As for trees, I agree about the price. I usually use the twin tube Woodlore Epic trees. I did splurge on the group mto I'm waiting on and did order some C&J trees to go with them.
     


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    To all you Islay owners out there. Was the tongue stitched to the upper on your boots? Mine arrived yesterday, and to my surprise, unlike my Coniston and Skye, the tongue was not stitched to the upper.
     


  5. Somatic

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    I'll try to check tomorrow for you. But since I don't own the Coniston or Skye, it'd be easier if you took a pic showing the stitched tongue so I'll better know what to look for.

    Speaking of which, any chance you'd be willing to write or record your views/thoughts on those 3 boots and whatever other C&J you own? I'm really interested in buying another C&J soon, and they're both on my short list!
     
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  6. S K M

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    I don't think so, no. The reason is probably that the boot is higher (one eyelet) than regular boots hight, which will make the boot harder to get into if the tongue is stitched (which it was on my Harlech until it broke - at first try. I have a very high instep, though, and I haven't missed the tongue stitching whatsoever).

    Cheers,
    SKM
     


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    What's your take on the 341 Harlech boot fit and comfort wise? I have last 341 in Ashdown PTB and the toe area was a little tight at first but has opened up some. Heel area is roomier than say 325 for me. I have whiskey Harlech MTO UK8.5 coming in a few weeks anxious to see how well they fit. I went usual UK 8.5E for my US 9.5D feet.
     


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    On my Islays, there is just a small stitch on one side of the boot (close to the vamp) so the tongue is loose and can appear that it's not attached.

    The Islay is taller than the Skye. In addition, the Skye that I've seen has a leather sole and the leather is smooth; the Islay has Dainite and pebble.
     


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    mine was
     


  10. BootSpell

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    C&J's 341 last is one of my favorites. I'm on the whiskey MTO as well and one big factor was the 341 last. When I first tried on the Harlechs (in TTS), I thought the toe area might pinch a bit since they looked sleeker and pointier than what I'm used to. But I find they work really well for my feet. I don't find the heel too roomy but I have narrow heels so I wouldn't mind if the 325 heel area is a bit narrower.
     


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    +1
     


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    Hmm... Mine seem to be stitched to the upper just behind the first lace. How is yours done?





    And what shoe trees do you guys all use? $80 for each C&J shoe tree is a bit more than I was expecting. I only have an Alden shoe tree, but are they similarly shaped?
     


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    I use Alden split toe shoe trees in nearly all my C&Js, shoes and boots.
     


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    I use 'em in my 348 last and handgrade shoes. The other benchgrade, Barneys, RL, BB, etc. I just use Woodlore Epics.
     


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    I use regular woodlore ones but i was thinking of upgrading to Epics soon.

    Also, Gianni's in a 10.5 (or I can exchange for a size on the RL site) for sale. Selling for a little under their recent sale price. PM me if interested.
     


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