You mentioned not liking the quality of the C&J Lowndes. You own other C&J shoes, do you feel the same about all of them? Can you elaborate?
C&J like most brands have different levels of quality. The “Lowndes” are on a lower tier in quality to the “Hand-Grade” collection. This is most evident when you see the different tiers together. The details are best described in EthanDesus original blog http://ethandesu.blogspot.com/
Saying that, quality is still very good.
IMO the “Lowndes” are just to “trend” in last shape. But then I’m older in approach.