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post #31 of 226
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Originally Posted by Michael Ay329 View Post
I have been a satisfied customer of G&G for over 2 years. But would like to drastically cut down on the wait time....6-8 months for my MTO orders

Nick's site is easy to navigate, loaded with pics, and since many of the shoes are in stock...I might just pull the trigger and work with him on some shoes in lieu of the traditional wait for G&G MTO orders

It doesn't take 6 to 8 months now. I'm not sure of your previous orders but I imagine the G&G factory move was within an order. This slowed things down this year. The move went well and production times have been reduced because of this. At present it is half the time quoted above. 3 to 4 months for MTO.
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post #32 of 226
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Originally Posted by TheWraith View Post
I'd love to order some MTO G&G shoes from Nick, but am unable to determine my G&G size

If you have another make of English shoes such as Edward Green or John Lobb this would help. Most of Northampton's shoe makers use one company to make the lasts and these are made to a standard size chart. This of course cannot guarantee perfect fit but it can be a helpful guide.
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post #33 of 226
Ordered my shoes when Dean visited in April 2009, received my shoes yesterday....that's 8 months for an MTO shoe

I love my 2 new shoes. Perhaps my feet have molded to the TG73 last...but they are easier to break in now than when I got my first G&G shoe 2 years ago

The finish is incrimentally better now than my last order, and the exterior sole welting looks even nicer. Am happy with my purchase and look forward to working with Nick and hoping G&G can further improve their delivery time now that they have successfully transitioned to their new factory.
post #34 of 226
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Ordered my shoes when Dean visited in April 2009, received my shoes yesterday....

pictures, or it didn't happen
post #35 of 226
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Originally Posted by Michael Ay329 View Post

I love my 2 new shoes. Perhaps my feet have molded to the TG73 last...but they are easier to break in now than when I got my first G&G shoe 2 years ago

The finish is incrimentally better now than my last order, and the exterior sole welting looks even nicer. Am happy with my purchase and look forward to working with Nick and hoping G&G can further improve their delivery time now that they have successfully transitioned to their new factory.

I agree, the quality is much better than from the prevoious factory location. Tony Gaziano & Dean Girling are now totally in charge of production and of course quality controll. They are both very much "hands on" with the making of each pair. Their aim is to make a RTW or MTO shoe with the quality as close to bespoke shoes as possible.
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post #36 of 226
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Originally Posted by Nick A View Post
If you have another make of English shoes such as Edward Green or John Lobb this would help. Most of Northampton's shoe makers use one company to make the lasts and these are made to a standard size chart. This of course cannot guarantee perfect fit but it can be a helpful guide.
Nick.

So, I assume a last made by Springline would work for you & GG?
post #37 of 226
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Originally Posted by TheWraith View Post
So, I assume a last made by Springline would work for you & GG?

Although Springline makes the production lasts for virtually all the Northampton manufacturers, Springline would not have had a creative input.

Manufacturer X designs a new last, then the prototype would be "˜graded' into the different sizes and widths (if required). Then the actual lasts would be produced. A major company will need many copies of the identical last/size for an economical production run of a popular last. It takes a while from the point where the upper leather is attached to the last to the point where the shoe is finished and the last gets removed. (Heaven knows, how many copies Church's will have of last 173 in size 9F.)

Although Springline would have access to the various lasts of the different companies and could measure and compare them, I cannot believe they are at liberty to pass on that information.

G&G has the advantage that all their lasts are recent and, apart from the toe shape, are virtually identical. Other shoe companies have and still use lasts which were designed at totally different periods and can vary greatly.
post #38 of 226
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Originally Posted by bengal-stripe View Post
Although Springline makes the production lasts for virtually all the Northampton manufacturers, Springline would not have had a creative input.

Manufacturer X designs a new last, then the prototype would be "˜graded' into the different sizes and widths (if required). Then the actual lasts would be produced. A major company will need many copies of the identical last/size for an economical production run of a popular last. It takes a while from the point where the upper leather is attached to the last to the point where the shoe is finished and the last gets removed. (Heaven knows, how many copies Church's will have of last 173 in size 9F.)

Although Springline would have access to the various lasts of the different companies and could measure and compare them, I cannot believe they are at liberty to pass on that information.

G&G has the advantage that all their lasts are recent and, apart from the toe shape, are virtually identical. Other shoe companies have and still use lasts which were designed at totally different periods and can vary greatly.

I just want a method to determine my sizing to be able to order from Nick. I don't have shoes from Edward Green or John Lobb and aren't likely to.
post #39 of 226
G&G fits pretty much similar to EG I am a UK7 in Lobbs, UK7.5 in both G&G and EG
post #40 of 226
Would you say that for EG and GG, going down 1/2 from one's US size will suffice, but for any other UK made shoes, 1 full size down?
post #41 of 226
From my experience Yes I have/had shoes in UK7 (Trickers,Loake,BarkerBlack,Alfred Sargent,C&J,Lobbs) and UK7.5 in EG & G&G
post #42 of 226
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From my experience Yes
I have/had shoes in UK7 (Trickers,Loake,BarkerBlack,Alfred Sargent,C&J,Lobbs)
and UK7.5 in EG & G&G

How does the fit of a G&G UK 7 compare to C&J UK 7 (337 and 348 last)?

Been wanting to get a pair but a bit hesitant due to the uncertainty around sizing.
post #43 of 226
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How does the fit of a G&G UK 7 compare to C&J UK 7 (337 and 348 last)?

Been wanting to get a pair but a bit hesitant due to the uncertainty around sizing.

You're pretty much stuck if you don't know your G&G size, or at least I haven't had much luck so far
post #44 of 226
Please note that with the Ready-to Wear shoes in stock on the website I have a return policy so if fitting is not correct you can send them back. Please read the "Terms & Conditions" page. This may help those of you who are wanting to buy but aren't 100% sure of sizing.
Nick.
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post #45 of 226
Another stunning shoe in a beautiful colour...G&G Chester in Vintage Cherry Calf:

http://www.bespoke-england.co.uk/col...rry-calf#shoes
LL
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