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

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

  1. Gdot

    Gdot Senior member

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    Blue Box and Bags = Handgrade.

    Thus they must be Audleys.

    If the box fits you must Acquit (ok - that doesn't really work - but it's the first thing that came to mind.)

    WJ - 4 - I was being obtuse about the trees - what I was really asking was if you bought the trees from C&J and if so how you liked them?

    I've only benchgrades so far.
     
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    I should know this, considering I own a pair of (brown) Audleys. (As well as benchgrade C&Js.)
     
  3. wj4

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    Black ones are Audleys.

    Should I size up .5 from last 337 to last 363? I'm looking at the Millbank. The con is that I can't see the shoes in person so I don't know how elongated they will be. I hope they will be similar to last 337.
     
  4. wj4

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    Gdot - I get my shoe trees from Nordstrom Rack at $12.99 a piece. I'm not baller enough for C&J shoe trees, hehe.
     
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    I bought a pair of C&J Handgrade shoe trees with my belgraves and although I can't tell how much benefit they actually provide over normal shoe trees, they definitely look nice and fit perfectly. I'm not sure whether they're specifically for the 337 last, but they are for size 6-6.5. On my future purchases, I'll probably end up going without C&J shoe trees as I want to order from Pediwear (for the free shipping) and they only offer the standard C&J shoe trees. Assuming that those are not lasted and for a wide range of sizes, I don' think they're worth the price. So it'll either be $20 Woodlore or $100 C&J Handgrade trees for me.

    edit: Now that I think about it, Woodlore shoe trees are pretty ugly, so I might get the Pediwear benchgrade trees anyway. it's too bad they can't offer handgrade trees, which are only $30 more.
     
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  6. Gdot

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    Guess I need to do more investigating before I buy a handgrade tree.

    The benchgrade trees come in two configurations - one for the long lasts such as the 348 and one for the shorter lasts such as the 341. I have 5 pairs of 348s and 1 341. The trees fit quite well - I'm perfectly happy with them.

    I have plenty of the 'woodlore' trees with the split front section that expands to fit the shoe. I hate these trees. As the line between the two split sections often causes a line to form down the middle of the shoe.
     
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    chogall Senior member

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    Non hand grade trees fits 348/358 well, but not perfect; arch area and mid shoes are not being well supported.

    For disclosure, I bought the non hand-grade trees with knobs from Pediwear and they are used in Selbourne in last 358.
     
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    I have noticed that the standard C&J shoe trees are not a good fit for the 337 last, they are too wide imo but the darker more expensive trees are a very good fit , well perfectn really. I have read while the darker C&J show trees may not be lasted they are designed for the 337 & 358 lasts and so are best fit for these.

     
  9. Liquidus

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    According to Pediwear, the standard shoe trees are for sizes 5-13? That doesn't sound very good.
     
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    That doesn't make sense. If they are too wide for the 337, they would be way too wide for the 348/358. That's 3 of their major shoe lasts.
     
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    Not the standard crockett and jones trees - they are by whole size.
     
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    :fu: suppose i shall be posting mine for sale then....
     
  13. Liquidus

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    My mistake, it says 5-13 on the pediwear page but that just mean the range of sizes that they have shoe trees for.
     
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    Mo' shoes, mo' problems! I would hate for my shoe trees to form down my shoes. So far, these have work great on my other shoes, but none are as expensive as these C&J's, except maybe my Alden cordovans.
     
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    Gdot - if you don't mind me asking, how much of the VAT are you able to recover at the airport? The reason I ask is because I am planning to pick up a couple of pairs in London in the next few months and my understanding is that the refund companies at the airport take a slice of the VAT to be refunded (so I'm just trying to figure out whether it actually works out cheaper to ask C&J to knock the VAT off in store and then post the shoes out).
     

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