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

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

  1. stevent

    stevent Senior member

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    Yeah I went to airport 3 hours early to be safe, was in line for 2 hours. Only got ahead due to the fact that I was willing to accept euros over pounds. Definitely just going to take VAT off at store and ship next time. 8.5% is almost VAT refund fee charged anyways.
     
  2. NAMOR

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    Lol that vat line in heathrow can get out of hand. Would def try and get in there atleast an hour in advance to get the money back. I nearly missed my flight I did

    (Flight ended up getting delayed, fell asleep in the terminal, woke up to see the plane departing the gate, vat money went toward overnight stay in a crummy hotel near heathrow :( )
     
  3. shoelover

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    About to buy my first pair of CJs. If I wear a 9e normally is that what I need or is there a 9F? Never bought British made shoes before.
     
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    Did you guys use the VAT line before or after security and what terminal were you in? I think last time I was there, I was flying American and I was able to use the the VAT office after security because I packed the shoes in my carry on. The one other time I didn't know about the VAT office after security and I ran all the way to terminal 2 from terminal 3 to take care of the VAT refund. I think they only asked to see the merchandise one time, so I'm 50/50 with whether or not they wanted to see it.
     
  5. Berners15

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    Firstly if I may make so bold, they are English shoes not British.
    I have found that C&J are generous in width and length and it depends heavily on your feet and the last you are going for. I have 2 pairs of Belgrave (337 last) and Chelsea 3 on 238.
    238 seems slightly broader on me, the 337 seems as if it were made for me. In comparison my Church's Diplomat (pre prada) are a half size up to get room in the toe box.
    Incidentally C&J look much more elegant in the flesh and most pictures don't do them justice - suede Belgraves are just stunning dressed down with a pair of faded jeans IMHO.
    While I'm at it, is there a big difference between C&J main line and hand grade; well yep there really is. Polish a hand grade properly and you would be hard pressed to know the difference between them and Edward Green's normal lines. considering they are over £350 less in my opinion it's a no brainer.
    Well done all those at Crockett & Jones.
     
  6. Cleav

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    I didn't realize there was that large of a step up from C&J main line and handgrade and how they compare to EG. Will have to look closer at the C&J handgrade.
     
  8. Berners15

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    To be fair I hadn't either. I really didn't want to travel to London to get my Gaziano and Girling 'dream pair' and was in a shop dropping off a repair and a pair of C&J Belgrave suedes started shouting at me. So I tried them on and bought a dark brown leather pair to keep them company too.
    On close inspection at home I was very happy with my choice. Perhaps it is better to buy the top of one range rather than the starting point in another.
    I had always thought of my C&J as my everyday shoes, but these I wil keep for special occasions.
    Was planning on getting a pair of Lowndes (double monks) but the difference in quality will mean I get Seymour2 unless I end up in London and Mr Gaziano and Girling start their pesky whispering again (ooo how I love the MH71 last)
     
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  9. jfo2010

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    Did C&J ever make a Ladbroke Handgrade? I can't seem to find the name on the web. Thanks!
     
  10. Cuttingboard

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    Anyone use flat shoelaces? If so, where did you buy them?


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  11. Berners15

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    Just been looking at your collection of shoes and they are gorgeous!
    I must once again have had to redress my opinion of Lowndes as your dark brown pain definitely punch above their weight (if only my feet were a bit smaller, 10's can look a bit long on 348)
    Got to collect a repair this week, will I be able to resist. Bugger, will check my bank account and they can get me a pair in rather than the Seymour's - shame the Seymours don't have the toe cap.
     
  12. Cleav

    Cleav Senior member Moderator

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    That's very kind of you to say, thank you.

    I agree regarding the Lowndes, lot of shoe for the money :nodding:
     
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    ^^ I've never understood why the Seymour doesn't have a cap toe either. I've always thought that DM/cap toe SM/plain toe were the classic combinations.
     
  14. Webbo

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    A pair of good quality English brogues is missing from my line up. I would like to go with C&J model as to date have not tried them. I am looking for a wideish fit and I know the Pembroke gets a lot of love here however I dont want a scotch grain. A plan dark tan or mahogany calf in a style similar to the Cheaney Arthur III would be my wish. Any suggestions from the C&J experts out there?
     
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    Webbo, considered these?

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    Not worn them for a while, I'll have to dig em out. Thanks :)


    Clifford on 337
     
  16. Webbo

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    Wow. They look just the ticket, are they a wide last?
     
  17. Cleav

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    Thanks Webbo

    Well, I can wear a UK 7, 7.5 or 8 dependent on the last. These are a UK 8, regular E fitting and are very comfortable on the roomy end of the scale.

    That being said we are all different so there is no substitute for trying a pair on, especially your first pair with any particular shoe maker and last. :D

    It can be an expensive mistake.....
     
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    Not to mention fit is subjective to begin with. Definitely try then on if possible.
     
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    Classic Marlows in shell cordovan, one of my faves!
     
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  20. bespoken pa

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    Such a great shoe shouldn't the rl sale be coming up soon ?
     

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