Originally Posted by Handmadeshoes
Well Tony claims the boxes are handmade, doesn't mean it was handmade by him or anyone in England but who knows in reality. The Deco's waist's are all done by hand and I am sure that the finishing details of each shoe are much more precise and closer to that of a bespoke shoe. Not as experienced with JLP's prices so I unfortunately cannot give you any info there. But I have seen the Deco's in person and they look amazing to say the least!
Handmade parts of the shoes I can care about. Handmade boxes? I don't care if the boxes are made by hand by faries... the boxes won't sell me the shoe or "tip me over the edge" to buy the shoe. Nice touch, but that's it. The trees, even if fashioed by the elven technology of those cutsey pointed eared ladies in Lord of the Rings, won't even sell me the shoe... I think trees are an overpriced "necessity", but that's just me.
What is the deal maker or deal breaker is... you guessed it, the shoe itself.
As to G&G Deco shoes, the waist looks nice. Looks like lots of attention to detail. I am sure they are really good quality for the money. It wouldn't surprise me if they are better quality, in terms of amount of "handmadeness" than EG TD (about the same price). That said, I like the EG TD stuff and would probably buy it, but I am not feeling this Deco stuff (so far as I can see from the pictures) and don't see myself buying it. They are not working for me in terms of shape of the last and general styling.
Nice waist, fairy-made boxes... they are surely a welcome addition in the world of high end shoes. I am pleasantly surprised that the two Gs didn't just make the Deco as a tricked out version of their normal MTO range. I think in places where people have small feet (Japan) these shoes will sell like the proverbial hot-cakes. I think they look like a nice alternative for many an enthusiast... just not this Jamaican. J